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November 14, 2005

Biafran Gratitude

by Odi Moghalu (Los Angeles, California) --- The Igbo and Biafran experience as it was between 1966 - 1970 was a traumatic one well documented and rehearsed in a resurgent spirit of nostalgia these days in the vast array of information channels across Nigeria and myriad Internet sites. Indeed it’s important to remember particularly with the increasing victimizing onslaught of the Nigerian government against the nation’s peoples.

Losing an approximate population of one million in a tragic episode in which hundreds of thousands where clobbered and butchered to death, bombed, shot and starved to an unfortunate demise, towns and villages destroyed under the merciless onslaught of a ruthless, and effective war machine of the Nigerian army (obtaining military assistance from Britain, U.S.S.R. and Egypt) which the Biafrans made enormous contributions in building prior to the war, was evidence that the enemy who was few years back partners of the same citizenry and binding goals of nationhood, could not tolerate (for the sake of a few army officers regrettably but violently sacking a corrupt regime) the partnership of this geopolitical region and for some, even their very existence hence the practical evidence of genocide that ensued.

The recurrence of violence against the Igbo (as in massacres in Jos, 1945 and Kano, 1953) had reached an explosive state in the aftermath of July, 1966 coup. The unleash of genocidal war became an unsuccessful yet tragic experience of fate which the Biafrans hold both with a mournful and inspiring reflection. A malevolent intent motivated by xenophobia but wedged by the mercies of Almighty God through the commiseration and bravado of many.

As a result Biafrans give thanks to God Almighty and our Lord Jesus Christ for their continued survival the frustration of this inimical intent through a gloomy period of harrowing tragedy. Biafrans will not forget its citizens, leaders, military and civil, scientists and soldiers who died (our best heroes) in the battle for its freedom. Advisers to the Head of State; Akanu Ibiam, Michael Okpara, Eni Njoku, Nnamdi Azikiwe etc Military; Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Phillip Effiong, Hilary Njoku, Alexander Madiebo, Tim Onwuatuegwu, etc Scientists; Ben Nwosu, Godian Ezekwe, Roy Umenyi etc. Communications; Okon Okon Ndem, Uche Chukwumerije etc.

Indeed there are so many to mention and are in documented history. Biafrans will always cherish, honor and preserve their memories. Biafrans are grateful to the living heroes of the war who paid a heavy price for her people. May the remnants of their earthly sojourn be extended with divine favour. Biafrans are grateful to the United States and Israel for their stand and support (though measured) against genocide. Israel, faced with the 1967 conflict with hostile neighbors yet made a significantly cherished contribution. We are grateful to France for seeing, though lately, the need for the recognition of a country that so desperately needs to be free from the bondage of ethnically incompatible nationalities and the catastrophic product of such coerced union. Biafrans salute the bold efforts at recognition diplomatic and military support of countries like Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Zambia and Haiti; Gabon not only provided support as others but and Equatorial Guinea which provided a base for the many dangerous relief flights into it’s blockaded enclave. The Joint Church Aid (JCA) also known as Jesus Christ Airline as named by the daredevil pilots who for almost two years refused to allow starvation to be used as a weapon of war, flying in about 60,000 tons of humanitarian aid through 5,314 extremely dangerous missions. Canairelief of Canada, Nordchurchaid from Scandanevia in Europe and Holy Ghost Airline From Ireland did the unbelievable. The vow by the Nigerian government to shoot down unarmed JCA airplanes flying in and out of Biafra forced them to take more dangerous routes and some crashed even when they were not under enemy fire.

Biafrans are eternally grateful to those who transited from this life through such a noble and selfless sacrifice. Count Carl Gustaf Von Rosen, the Swede nobleman, veteran pilot and genius who hatched the Minicon Fighter Planes (Biafran Babies) to reduced the constant air attacks from the Nigerian Airforce against the relief flights. Frederick Forsyth British Broadcasting Corporation correspondent who defected to Biafran having witnessed the pain and agony of Biafra which his government contributed immensely to. CBC’s Stanley Burke who thanks to, for the first time in its history, famine and starvation and humanitarian response were seen nightly on world television. May our Gratitude be extended to all especially those who made our dangerously precarious cause theirs and don’t have to. May we show appreciation the few alive and to their relatives wherever any Biafran can reach them and through organizations as Massob, Biafran Foundation, Ekwe-Nche, Nzuko Umuigbo WorldWide, Coalition of Igbo and Biafran Organizations.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”

Long Live Biafra!

Odi Moghalu
Los Angeles, California

Posted by Administrator at November 14, 2005 04:15 PM


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