:Gen Gowon should speak up on the war genocide Moghalu. Our elders should stop going to grave with iniquity in their heart

Former  Presidential Candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu has challenged Nigeria’s former head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon to speak up about the genocide and all the other atrocities committed against the people of former Eastern Nigeria.

Moghalu said Gowon has the best opportunity for that now that he is still alive. According to Moghalu, it was ethically wrong for Nigeria to be participating in the commemoration of the Rwanda genocide when worse atrocities that were committed in their own domain remain buried.

In the same vein, wife of the former Biafra leader, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu alleged that the adamant being kept on the genocide against Biafrans was state-sponsored suppression, which she said will not do the future of Nigeria any good. The duo spoke Monday, at the second Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu memorial lecture at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, Igbariam, Anambra state.

Moghalu while delivering keynote speech on the theme Ndigbo in the Contemporary Nigeria Politics: problems, prospects and Way forward, said that Gowon as superintendent of the war has long overstayed without making comments, his regrets or handicaps of the war. He also said that it was high time other Nigerians purged themselves of prejudice against Ndigbo as a result of the war, adding that Ndigbo should on their own need to forgive and not remain permanently bitter, so as to politically compete with the rest of Nigerians.

Moghalu said: “In Nigeria we have continued to ignore the Biafra genocide while the country sends people to Rwanda every year over the same genocide that was committed there. This is a big double standard.

“We cannot build a country based on a disconnected political narrative. Nigeria’s civil war should no longer be swept under the carpet and the leaders of the civil war are still alive today. The war must be addressed.”

 On the way forward, Moghalu suggested that the Nigeria archives should be declassified after 49 years of the end of the war, stating also that the Igbo should contest for Nigeria presidency in 2023. “We should pursue these objectives as a matter of priority, through persuasion. Igbo has over 30 million registered voters in Nigeria, spread across different parts of the country.” He disagreed that Ndigbo should only seek for a restructured Nigeria and leave seeking for a Nigerian president of Igbo origin.

He said that the two were not mutually exclusive, noting that the Igbo can go for both Nigeria presidency and at the same time negotiate for restructuring and electoral reforms. On the emergency of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Moghalu said that “IPOB is a cry for justice” which was not supposed to be branded as a terrorist group when other renowned criminal groups were left free without any stigma.


I have to kill the Ibos—sorry”
Benjamin Adekunle
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Stern reporter Randolph Baumann spoke with the General of the Nigerian front troops.

"If you want to get to know the devil of Africa, just ask for Adekunle. He is the man who is responsible for the death of 100,000 Ibo people”. The man who provided this tip to Randolph Baumann, the Stern reporter, was Mister Ikpa, the official representative of the Republic of Biafra in Lisbon. Mister Ikpa knew even more: “Adekunle does not like journalists. He had a man from England who disagreed with him shaved bald, do an hour of push-ups, and write one-thousand times: I am a crappy Englishman and don’t have a say in Nigeria”.

Having been thus forewarned, the Stern reporter flew to Port Harcourt, a big Biafra harbor city in the midst of a swamp and in the oil field of the Niger-delta, and requested an interview from Benjamin Adekunle.

Major Adekunle, 28-years old, General of the Nigerian troops on the South front sat enthroned behind the General’s desk of the Shell administration, which he had made into his main station when he took the Ibo-city by storm on May 18. Now he stated:

“I am convinced you will report objectively and keep to our orders.” We confirmed that.

“Okay,” he beamed, “the Germans just know how war works. Tonight there is a front-party in my headquarters. You will come! An order is an order!”

This interview with the most important man in the Nigerian war took place at night. Whisky and beer were abundant, uniformed go-go girls played DJ, Adekunle danced and petted his mascot, a small mountain goat named “Ojukwu”.

STERN: Your friends in the federal government of Lagos call you the “bloodhound of Nigeria”. You are chasing a whole people. You kill everything.

ADEKUNLE: Europeans are awful. They always generalize. My troops have kept prisoners. You have had a chance to convince yourself of this.

STERN: I only saw one prisoner, a fifteen-year old boy.

ADEKUNLE: There you are! In addition I want to emphasize that we do not murder all people who no longer want to remain members of the Nigeria Federation.

STERN: Does that mean that you do not want the extinction of the Ibos?

ADEKUNLE: The nation which the Ibos founded under the name of Biafra on May 30, 1967 is not a pure Ibo-federation. You Europeans should really know that by now. Seven million Ibos and five million other population groups are living now in the 80% overpopulated Biafra: Ibibios, Ijaws, Kalabaris, Ekios, Efiks, and Annangs. These minority populations in the Ibo nation have always hated the Ibos. Therefore they jubilantly welcome the liberation of their areas through federal troops.

STERN: What are your troops doing when they march into a town around Port Harcourt, an area where most of the farmers are not Ibos?

ADEKUNLE: We aim at everything that moves.

STERN: Small children tend not to stay put for very long.

ADEKUNLE: I know. I have two myself.

STERN: What will your troops do when you get to the Ibo heartland, that is, to the place populated by Ibos only?

ADEKUNLE: There we will aim at everything even if it is not moving.

STERN: Are you racist?

ADEKUNLE: You should know exactly where racists are. There is no such thing as racism in Nigeria.

STERN: But why are you refusing to discuss this war with a European?

ADEKUNLE: Let me tell you something: When the Russians surrounded Stalingrad did you request a land corridor from them so as to better feed your soldiers who were stuck in the pot there? Of course you didn’t and I can tell from your face that you think the thought of a land corridor to bring in food for the captured German soldiers in Stalingrad is a bad joke. Me too. Where and when, …………., was there a war in which the loser was re-nourished one more time before the final loss? Why are you just calling for a land corridor for Biafra? Why aren’t you calling for a land corridor for the Viet Kong? I have to declare: You Europeans are simply not competent!

STERN: What is happening to the European Humanitarian Assistance programs which were authorized through your government?

ADEKUNLE: In the section of the front that I rule—and that is the whole south front from Lagos to the border of Cameroon—I do not want to see the Red Cross, Caritas Aid, World Church delegation, Pope, Missionary, or UN delegation.

STERN: Does that mean that the many thousands of tons of food that are stored in Lagos will never get to the refugee camps in your section of the country?

ADEKUNLE: You are a sharp one, my friend. That’s exactly what I am saying.

STERN: But you said yourself that most of the refugees in the part you captured are not Ibos.

ADEKUNLE: But there could be Ibos among them. I want to avoid feeding a single Ibo as long as this whole people have not given up yet.

STERN: Do you sometimes feel sympathy for the Ibos?

ADEKUNLE: I have learned a word from the British, which is “sorry”! That’s how I want to respond to your question. I did not want this war but I want to win this war. Therefore I have to kill the Ibos. Sorry!

The End.



Peoples comment on Igbo genocide >>>

ODI ODI • 6 hours ago
“The spate of anti-Igbo (Biafrans) pogroms that have occurred in the northern region of Nigeria in the past 62 years – 1945, 1953, 1966 (all over Nigeria), 1967 = 1970 (Biafra – Nigeria genocidal war), 1980, 1982, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006.” ….. “anti-Igbo chants and obscenities of “akashe nyamiri,” “kill the damned Igbo” or “kill the infidels” which are invigorated by the tempo of the exhortative signatures of “allahu akbar,”

------ Prof. Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe Nigeriaworld Monday September 24, 2007.

These were some of the things that happened to our people. In Kano, in Kaduna, they brought all the Igbos in the army and killed them and they moved over to the civilians and started killing them, they went to an Igbo Union College at Kano and brought all the girls and marshalled the girls to the leprosy camp, forced the girls to sleep with the men there and any girl that resisted was killed. Some girls said they would rather die than be touched by the lepers and they shot them and killed them. So it was so brutal, it was so devilish, it was so inhuman but that was what happened. Thereafter, the Igbos, those that were able to escape started coming back home and at Benue, Makurdi, soldiers stopped the train carrying them and brought them out and threw them into the Benue River. They brought them out one after the other, shot them and threw them into River Benue, young children were thrown alive into the river; all these happened, these were the things that partly precipitated the war.

------------------- Mbazulike Amaechi Vanguard News Saturday AUGUST 17, 2019 11:22 AM

He (Gowon) declared a State of Emergence in the East, which according to Aburi was unconstitutional since only the unified Military Council could do that. In the same hour he published a decree abolishing the regions dividing Nigeria into twelve states, also unconstitutional since the constitution (pre-Aburi and still in force) required multi-lateral consultation on internal border changes…”

---------- Frederick Forsyth in his book “Emeka”, page 91, first published in 1982.

Gowon imposed his blockade early in May. It was the final straw. On May 26th 1967 the 335 – member Consultative Assembly in Enugu gave Emeka (Ojukwu) a mandate to pull the East out of Nigeria.”

--------- Frederick Forsyth in “Emeka” page 91, published 1982.

We went to Aburi, the whole of the East, more especially the army in the East were hopeful on the agreement, and you want us to find accommodation not in line with the agreement signed.”

------------ Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on Aburi Accord signed on January 5, 1967 at Aburi, Ghana. -------- Vanguard Newspapers Monday November 17, 2003.

Major Nzeogwu greeted Sir Kashim Ibrahim in Hausa. Then switched to the universal language, he apologized for all the inconvenience we might have caused the ousted (northern) Governor. “You are a good man,” he pursued with a touch of magnanimity. “It is not against people like you that we are staging this coup. Its because of all those corrupt politicians who, for the past five years, have been holding this country to ransom…”

----- Excerpt from Ben Gbulie’s book, “Nigeria’s Five Majors” page 82, Published 1981.

Non – Igbo officer-participants in the January 15, 1966 coup-de-tat – Major Adewale W. Ademoyega (Yoruba), author of “Why We Struck”, Captain Ganiyu Adeleke (Yoruba), Lt. Fola Oyewole (Yoruba), author of “The Reluctant Rebels”, 2Lt. R. Egbikor (Ishan), 2Lt. Tijani Katsina (Fulani), 2 Lt. O. Olafemiyan (Yoruba), Captain Gibson Jalo (Bali), Captain J. Swanton (Middle Belt), Lt. Dag Waribor (Ijaw), 2Lt. Hope E. Eghagha (Urhobo) former governor of Ogun State 1979, 2Lt. Saleh Dambo (Hausa), 2Lt Atom Kpera (Tiv) former Governor of Anambra State 1979.

---- From Col. Ben Gbulie’s Book, in his book, “The Five Majors” Published 1981

Captain Ben Gbulie was a principal participant of the January 1966 Coup as a direct assistant to major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu in the northern operations. There were about 33 Igbo officers charged some absolved and released later. The Igbo constituted over 60 percent of entire Nigerian army officer corp prior to 1966. It will be hard to conceive of any military activity that they would not have constituted majority. Lt. Col. Arthur Unegbe, Nigerian army Quatermaster-General from Anambra State was shot and killed and 2Lt. Oduh from Akwa-Ibom was shot and killed by 2Lt. Tijani Katsina. Major-general Johnson Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi and Lt.Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, both Igbo, aborted the January 15, 1966 coup

There was no intention on Chukwuma’s part, to collude or conspire with Ibo officers in the army and with Ibo politicians and academics, to lead a coup for the purpose of ensuring the political leadership of Nigeria by Ibos. No doubt, Ibos and non-Ibos, gave a sigh of relief when the coup took place.”

------ Olusegun Obasanjo in his book “Nzeogwu” page 107 published January 1987 by Spectrum Books Limited Ibadan, Nigeria.

People were told that it was an Igbo coup but that is not correct. It is a very interesting part of the Nigerian story. In the first place, there have been many serious lies that have been told by our leaders in the last 45 years of Nigeria's history. Our leaders have not been bold enough to tell us the truth...the plan of the coup makers was to release Awolowo from jail and make him their own leader."

---- Odia Ofeimun, former Secretary to Obafemi Awolowo in Guardian Newspapers Sunday May 6, 2007.

Their education and abilities did not endear them to those among whom they lived. Even during British rule there had been massacres of Ibos in Northern Nigeria: in Jos in 1945 and in Kano in 1953.”

------ Dan Jacobs, Senior UNICEF official, in page 307 of his book, “Brutality of Nations” published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1987.

JE Orjiekwe •
SINCE AFTER THE BIAFRAN WAR GENERAL GOWON HAD REMAINED EXTREMELY QUITE, ENJOYING PROCEEDS FROM HIS OIL WELL ALLOTMENTS LIKE HIS MATES WITH LITTLE OR NO TIME FOR IGBOS AND BIAFRA.
DUPLICITOUS NIGERIANS "ELDERS" DONT TAKE OFF BEAMS OFF THEIR EYES, SO HOW CAN THEY SEE CLEARLY THE ATTENDANT IMPLICATIONS OF GOING TO RWANDA'S GENOCIDE'S REMEMBRANCE DAY WHEN THEY KILLED MORE IGBOS WITHOUT REMORSE OR REPARATION.

Nigerians often claim the killings that started the crisis in Nigeria was that of January 1966 but ignore the massacre of the Igbo by Hausa and Fulani in Jos, 1945 and Kano 1953. They equally ignore the Northern subversion of democracy in Nigeria which caused the Western crisis in 1962 and later 1964 and 1965 rigged federal and regional elections. They comfortably forget the massacre of 3,000 Tivs in 1964 as the North made desperate bid to suppress their quest for regional autonomy as was given to the Mid-West in December 1963.

The Killings of civilians have not been confined to Iboland; the Efiks, Calabars, Ibibios and Ogonis have suffered heavily as the reports of their emissaries to Colonel Ojukwu describe. Nor was the killing process a flash in the pan, the first reaction of an army in grip of the heady elation of victory or vengeful bloom off defeat. The practice has been too standardized, too methodical for that."

--- Frederick Forsyth, Former BBC Correspondent and Best-Seller in his book "The Biafra Story" pages 259 - 260. Published June 26, 1969.

At this time Biafra was already sheltering some four million refugees from other occupied areas, about one and a half million Ibos and two and a half million minorities."

---- Frederick Forsyth in "The Biafra Story" page 131 published June 26, 1969.


Aliyu
stop supporting injustice. I'm from the north. I don't like the ibos. But Nigeria should not participate in Rwanda genocide since we committed the same against the ibos

Tanker   •
Have you ever asked yourself how Rwanda transformed and moved forward after the 1994 genocide? Rwanda admitted their wrongs by erecting true reconciliation in all honesty.

Here in Nigeria, we subtly submerged the ugly side of our history. We equally made it a taboo to speak about it. Reading at your post above, you seem not to understand the meaning of war crime or genocide.

All is not fair in war.

It is equally a lie to say Igbos started the war. There was never a meeting where Igbo general assembly instructed Igbo/Yoruba military officers to plot a coup in 1966. Igbos only fought back after innocent women and children who knows nothing about the coup were killed in thousands. That action supervised under Gowon's government was pure genocide. Surely, Gowon must redeem himself by calling out a spade while still alive or end up had I known in his grave.

Looking for a true reconciliation, we must start by siting down on a round table to tell ourselves the whole truth about the past, the present, and the future. Only thereafter, Nigeria will become a progressive nation. But if we continues to live in self denial, I am afraid, the situation will get worse than we see today.

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