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53 Years After, Young Nigerians Want To Know What Happened in Biafra

Fifty-three years after the Nigerian civil war was fought from July, 1967 to January 1970, young Nigerians want to know what happened to enable the country to make progress.

As members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, somberly commemorated the event which led to the most remarkable humanitarian crisis in Nigeria since it came into existence over a century ago, those born, mostly after the war, accuse the older generation of suppressing history.

The war, which resulted in the death of more than two million citizens, mostly of the Igbo race of Southeast Nigeria, is not treated in any history book as it is not part of the school curriculum.

However, IPOB, a political movement, led by Kanu, a post-war child, wants the actualization of the dream of the forefathers because of the alleged marginalization of the Igbo race in Nigeria’s political development.

The group believes a sovereign state of Biafra would enable members of the race to develop their entrepreneurial potentialities to become a global force to be reckoned with.

Unlike in previous years when the group’s celebration witnessed clashes between IPOB members and the security agencies, this year’s event took a solemn note as the organization which usually called for a sit-at-home by people “Biafra” citizens changed the approach.

In a statement by its Spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the group announced a three-day programme, staring from Wednesday, May 27, to Saturday, May 30, and called for prayers for heroes of the war.”

After much consideration and deliberations IPOB high command decided to urge Biafrans both home and in the diaspora, to observe this year’s remembrance and celebration of our brothers and sisters who were killed and starved to death during the genocidal war on the peaceful land of Biafra by Nigeria government and her foreign allies, including Britain, Egypt, USSR and Czechs Republic between 1967 and 1970, through fasting and prayers,” it said.

The group said it decided against a sit-at-home order because the citizens had suffered under lockdowns over the COVID-19 pandemic and so would not compound their pains any further.

In tweets to commemorate the war, many young Nigerians accused older generations of living in denial by not sharing the experience of the war in history books.

The following are some of the tweets:

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