Somehow, they man-handled me to the top of this and I fell to the ground the other side. Look around Africa today. I wish this had been an unusual day in Biafraland. But that was 50 years ago. I mourn my mother. Now Nigeria’s government, dominated for so many years by politicians and top brass from the north, has set itself to oppose with full military force peaceful calls for Biafran self-determination. Missing Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu has resurfaced in Israel more than a year after soldiers … If they wanted to arrest me or question me, they would have sent the police or agents of the DSS. Then I heard the gunfire and I understood what the man standing over me was trying to tell me. Dying mothers, Biafran youth dead on the roads around Port Harcourt. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? My men pushed and pulled me towards the high perimeter wall. The online English website covers “developments […] Israel National daily, ... Biafran soldiers, who were outnumbered 10 to one by federal troops and under-equipped, laid down their arms. Government agents act with impunity, and I include among them the Fulani terrorists who are doing the Nigerian government’s dirty work, not one of whom has been brought to justice for the murders they’ve carried out.It is a sign that Nigeria itself is imploding. All those who have been killed, protesting the actions of the Nigerian security forces in Biafraland, were brave, good people. Theirs was called the disabled Biafran war veterans camp. The Times of Israel is an Israeli-based news website launched in 2012. The … My men pushed and pulled me towards the high perimeter wall which ran the full circumference of the compound. They would say I had resisted arrest. They should not have been forced to make that sacrifice. But it is in the millions. Meanwhile, the army is busy attacking peaceful Biafrans under the smoke screen of ‘military manoeuvres’. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. What astonishes me, though, is the almost total silence from the world’s media, politicians and the international community surrounding this horrible persecution. Nnamdi Kanu on the battle for self-determination, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. They should not have been forced to make that sacrifice, but I will honour them for it until my dying day. And yet, despite the violence meted out to us on such occasions, we are called ‘terrorists’ and proscribed by the Nigerian government. When Nigeria was created in 1914 the stated purpose by then Governor of Britain’s West African colonies, Sir Frederick Lugard, was to marry the rich South to the Poor North and even up the economics of both. Then there is the systematic cleansing of whole areas by Fulani herdsmen from the north. In 1970, after nearly three years of fighting, Biafran soldiers, who were outnumbered 10 to one by federal troops and under-equipped, laid down their arms. I heard footsteps and people talking, more gunfire. From London, where I had been living, I had set up Radio Biafra to offer a platform for debate over the right to self-determination of the Biafran people. The old order which has clung to power for decades can only survive at the end of a gun. You may remember the Biafran war, 50 years ago. I had to stay silent, unknown. Biafran Soldiers UmuChineke is on Facebook. Overhead I could hear helicopter gunships, their propellers whirring with that sick, lazy beat they have when they hover. My men shouting. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. I was still in pain and the threat from Nigerian agents abroad never went away. The incident took place as soldiers besieged Oyigbo, Etche, Iriebe and Eleme after violence broke out as a result of a youth protest demanding an end to police brutality in the country, 9Africa news reported, citing Igbo Jewish adherents … Sadly, we have watched his own health decline since the attack on our home and my mother’s death. Obiozor, a former Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Israel and Cyprus, was on January 10 declared President of the group after an election held at Dan ... cooked and took care of Biafran soldiers as well. The incident took place as soldiers besieged Oyigbo, Etche, Iriebe and Eleme after violence broke out […] They were brave, good people. The Atlantic off that coast is heavy, stormy, treacherous. [size=14pt]BIAFRA MISSION TO ISREAL[/size] The Republic of Biafra under the leadership of the Biafra Zionist Movement will be sending 500 military trainees to Israel for training as Pilots and engineers. I had to get out now. She became very ill and died earlier this year. The Nigerian army avoids confrontation with Boko Haram and the Fulani enjoy the tacit support of the Nigerian government. But not Nigeria. In May 1967 Biafra was left with no choice but to secede from Nigeria only to face a vastly superior invasion army and a blockade of food supplies supported by governments as diverse as the UK and the Soviet Union. Informally Israel, France, Portugal, Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), and South Africa provided support as did the Vatican partly because the Biafran were overwhelmingly Catholic. I came back to my home country in October 2015 to try to help bring an end to the violence and persecution by peaceful means. On January 11, 1970, Nigerian forces captured the provincial capital of Owerri, one of the last Biafran strongholds, and Ojukwu was forced to flee to the Ivory Coast. They had tried to defend my home, my family, without guns, without clubs, only with their bodies and their words. I was still recuperating, and I was sleeping that afternoon in my room, and someone was shaking me and calling my name. It only forced together unhappy and angry bedfellows. Other estimates are anything between one and eight million. The Israeli public, press and parliament called for assistance to Biafra, evoking their country's deep moral obligation to help a people in distress. I might as well have been in prison.Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, all the countries I had to pass through rely economically on Nigeria, their governments corrupt enough to arrest me and send me back. Children also helped out in their own way. The consequences for persecution of Biafran #Jews will be ... 7AM and 6PM Toll Free number in Israel … After that terrible day in September 2017, I woke up in a safe house. Eventually we were able to rent a boat on the coast. At one point we put ashore to find ice to keep the medication I needed chilled. I will give you facts and figures. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. More gunfire. It was a dangerous time. But even now, if a Nigerian government was willing to talk honestly and openly about our demands and to consider a referendum on self-determination for the Biafran people, in a neutral space provided by the United Nations, I would be there at the table. Soldiers shouting. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? My mother suffered heart complications as a result of the trauma and stress of the Nigerian army’s invasion of my house. Initially the Nigerian army denied the assault, but footage and photographs show the attack as it happened and its aftermath. Sign Up. Boko Haram is first while the Fulani Herdsmen represent the fourth. My mouth opened but I couldn’t take in air. But we had no guns in the house. Source: Centre For Memories, Enugu. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Israeli prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has ordered the Israeli Military following the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu set to arrive at Biafra’s own country any moment from now. In a press statement signed by its Head of Directorate of State, Chika Edoziem which was made available to ORIENTAL TIMES , the group described the news which seems to have circulated all over Nigeria media as fake. … When we stopped to rest on the road, I couldn’t go out. Biafra represented nationalist aspirations of the Igbo people, … I had to get up. The Nigerian Civil War (also known as the Biafran War and the Nigerian-Biafran War) was a civil war in Nigeria fought between the government of Nigeria headed by General Yakubu Gowon and the secessionist state of Biafra led by late Lt. They were attacking the compound, shooting, killing my friends and family. I was determined to be there. None of these journeys was easy. t was 14 September 2017. Kanu made this statement with a brief meeting he has with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu calling for the Israel government to protect him and to ensure the good people of the Biafrans citizens are well protected during the independence, “The zoo country security agents are bitting what they can’t chew, but, we good people of Biafrans are peace lovingly citizens. At the height of the war in 1969, 12,000 people a day starved to death in Biafra. The Nigerian Civil War: The Memoirs of an Unsung Biafran Commando, a book by Matthew Uzukwu is an important book. How many Biafrans were killed because of this deliberate policy of starvation has been argued ever since. Video: Biafran Zionist Movement Sends "500 Military Personel" To Israel To Train As Pilots and Engineers. Then I remembered my parents, my family members who had stayed in the house, young nephews and nieces. But a handful of adults and children would have been too many, never mind millions. “If Nelson Mandela can do it, then, I can do it. The personal stories of people who remember the war and some who lived through it are here. At least six Igbo synagogues were razed by soldiers last week in Nigeria’s River State, located in the country’s Biafra region, 9Africa news reported. We reject violence. They were not here to negotiate my surrender. More than 50 years later and the violent persecution of the Biafran people by the Nigerian state continues unabated. Biafra has always been wealthier, better endowed with natural resources and more creative with them than the north of Nigeria. Then I blanked out. At the same time, the plight of the Igbos reminded many Israelis of the Holocaust. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Kanu made I would stay for that. Israel sought to maintain correct relations with the Federal Government of Nigeria, which viewed as a hostile act any support rendered to the Biafran separatists. To connect with Biafran Soldiers, sign up for Facebook today. The Fulani and other people of the north are Muslim. Its secession in 1967 sparked a civil war, and calls for its independence from sympathisers continue.. On more than one occasion waves threatened to swamp our little craft. Nnamdi Kanu “My coming to Nigeria with Israeli military is to address some issues with the good citizens of Biafra, who has been coming for my arrival and to also be in the right position to fight for a due course for the actualization of Biafra. I had felt safe, secure. And always the sound of helicopter blades ripping up the air above me. The world would know how the Nigerian Security Forces tried to keep me imprisoned without trial on trumped-up charges. The Biafra war was fought to counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria, Shame of a nation: up to 12,000 people a day died from starvation during the civil war, A Biafran man trains with a dummy rifle during the simulation of a confrontation with the enemy in a field of Biafra, Biafran rebel soldiers during an attack to take the city of Ikot Ekpene from the Nigerian troops on 11 August 1968, A group of mothers and their babies waiting at the Enugu Civilian Hospital, A Nigerian army soldier wounded on his neck is carried by his comrades on the pannier rack of a bicycle, Refugees walk on a road as they flee the city of Aba, to go to Umuahia, the new capital of the Republic of Biafra, A Biafran mother and her starving baby during the famine resulting from the Biafran War, Colonel Odumegwu Emeka Ojukwu, the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra, delivers a press conference, Singer-songwriter John Lennon on the telephone during a press conference held after he returned his MBE to the Queen in protest against the war in Biafra and the British support of the American action in Vietnam. And my men had been telling the soldiers they had no right to enter. Why send soldiers trained to kill, if not to kill? Israel needs to harness its resources and influence to force this outcome. A starving Biafran child sits by a pile of yams, English model and actress Jean Shrimpton joins a group of anti-war protestors campaigning to end the killing of civilians in Biafra and the Nigerian Civil War, on the steps of the Shaftesbury Memorial in Piccadilly Circus, Biafran injured men lie on a street of Ikoi as the overcrowed hospitals of the town couldn't take care of all the injured people, A group of mothers and their babies at the Enugu Civilian Hospital, Biafran refugees gather after the storming of the city of Nnewi, Refugees walk on a road as they flee the city of Aba, Nigerian leader General Yakubu Gowon (rigjt) welcomes United Nations Secretary General U Thant (left) who flied into Lagos to hold talks over the continuing Biafran refugee crisi, Biafran rebel soldiers during an attack to take the city of Ikot Ekpene from the Nigerian troops in 1968, IPOB supporters and members of the Yahveh Yashua Synagogue celebrate Shabbat, Amarachi Onyemaechi lost a leg during a pro-Biafra protest in 2015, A security guard in the empty Ogbaru Market in 2017, closed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian Civil War, A convoy of Nigerian soldiers in Aba, a pro-Biafra separatist zone, At the height of the war in 1969, 12,000 people a day starved to death in Biafra. Facebook; Twitter . Read our full mailing list consent terms here, I was being bundled down the stairs and out into the compound at the back, away from the soldiers who had forced their way into the front of the house. More than 28 of my fellow IPOB members were killed that day. Nigerian separatist leader admits he’s in Israel, says owes life to Jewish state Pro-Biafran chief Nnamdi Kanu, who faces treason charges, gives credit to … We had friends and supporters outside and inside. The case of the so-called Muslim Fulani herdsmen from the north of Nigeria, who have already been recognised as terrorists by the international community, is a perfect example of this ongoing persecution. More than 1,700 deaths were attributed to the Fulani in the first nine months of 2018. My left side was swollen, and every breath was agonising. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that I lead, has one principal purpose: we call for the recognition of the Biafran people’s right to self-determination. Photo by Francois Mazure for Agence France-Presse. “The conflict caused an … Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. This was called “win-the-war effort”. To truly be free and rectify the sins of European colonialism, Biafra must be allowed its independence. About Biafran Soldiers UmuChineke. Almost from the moment Nigeria’s independence was declared, the Biafran people wanted out, which led to the bloody war of 1967-70. But I refused to go. I had wanted my day in court in 2017, but the military response tells me that the rule of law in Nigeria has collapsed. The outlawing of IPOB has given the Nigerian government an excuse to send in the army and provided impetus for Islamist militias to drive us from our homes. My name is Nnamdi Kanu. Little is done to stem the flow of violence from either group. That we had opened fire on the soldiers. All my life my colleagues and I have been working for Biafran self-determination, the right for the people of Biafra to choose their own destiny, to be free from persecution. For 14 days we travelled in dangerous seas in a small boat with an outboard motor. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? I mourn all my IPOB family member who had given their lives to protect mine. It was a terrible and inglorious beginning to post-colonial African history. Biafran Jews mark 50 years since failed bid for independence - Times of Israel for the first times reports Biafra news Nigeria on Tuesday marks 50 years since the declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra plunged the country into a civil war, amid renewed tensions and fresh calls for a … The outlawing of IPOB has given the Nigerian government an excuse to send in the army and provided impetus for Islamist militias to drive us from our homes. It was co-founded by journalist David Horovitz, who is also the founding editor, and US hedge fund manager Seth Klarman. We believe five million. How they ignored the bail that had been posted. From Benin I travelled by road to Senegal, a distance of nearly 2,000 kilometres. It was agonising to realise that they didn’t know if I was dead or alive. Israel was a haven for me, but it took over a year to get there, ... Biafran rebel soldiers during an attack to take the city of Ikot Ekpene from the Nigerian troops in 1968. I couldn’t even tell my wife or family where I was, just in case they became targets. Two young soldiers of the Biafran army, Moise, 14 (L) and Ferdinand, 16 (R) talk to one another in the city of Umuahia on August 31, 1968 as the Nigerian federal troops continue their advance during the Biafran war. I woke up with a start. Biafran soldiers supervised by Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu (Getty) Harold Wilson’s British Labour government, realizing the position of Nigerian as having a clear military advantage in the conflict, backed Nigeria solely with the goal of quickly defeating the Biafran army. I wouldn’t have the chance to turn the spotlight of the media on to Nigeria itself. If we can achieve this, perhaps we can lead other African countries to bring democracy and respect for law and human rights into the lives of African peoples. 0 shares. Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, is a subsumed state in West Africa that existed from May 1967 to January 1970 and also before the creation of Nigeria by Britain. After being silent about the key question that everyone has been asking, for more than 1 year, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has recounted how he arrived in Israel from Nigeria when the Nigerian army broke into his home in Umuahia, Abia State. I have lost a mother. No doubt they hope to stave off the collapse of Nigeria, which commentators from all regions have recognised in recent months. But we must add the killing and brutal beating by the Nigerian army and police of anyone who supports the Indigenous People of Biafra or calls for Biafran self-determination. We uphold human rights. Biafran War Memories is a digital archive of first-hand accounts of the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War. It is published in 2016 by Feli Publishing Maryland, USA and available at www.amazon.com for $15. That we were to blame. The numbers since have not been collated but will be equal. I was being bundled down the stairs and out into the compound at the back, away from the soldiers who had forced their way into the front of the house. In 2017 Amnesty International recorded hundreds of killings of Biafrans by the Nigerian state. My parents and other members of my family were there, brothers, nephews, nieces, cousins. The attorney for Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, head of the Biafran separatist movement, has confirmed that Kanu is in Israel following the first sighting of him in more than a year – but Israeli authorities say they’re not so sure. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. The Biafran secession of 1967 and ensuing civil war presented Israel with an acute dilemma. More than 50 years later and the violent persecution of the Biafran people by the Nigerian state continues unabated. In a letter to the president of Nigeria in March 2019, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights declared Nigeria’s proscription of IPOB as a terrorist group and attacks against its members as prima facie violation of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. I was in great pain. I am the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). So I wouldn’t have a judge decide on my case in a free and open hearing. Our struggle for self-determination is the struggle of Africa's post-colonisation from Algeria to the Cape. By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News - Soldiers destroyed six synagogues of the Igbo Jewish community in Nigeria last week during a siege of several areas in the country’s Rivers State, while killing at least 50 people and arresting two, 9Africa reports. Since 2017 state oppression has included: the beating of young men attending a relative’s funeral in Onitcha in 2019; in August 2018 the arrest and imprisonment in Owerri of 100 women protesting against violence carried out by the security forces and specifically the attack on my home; in 2017 and 2018 brutal beatings given by Nigerian soldiers and police to anyone wearing or carrying the Biafran flag, including a disabled man in Onitsha; the indiscriminate burning down of houses by Nigerian Police in Abia State in October 2019, because their inhabitants support Biafran self-determination. 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