WAY back in 1979, I was privileged to get close to our idol and hero, Professor Chinua Achebe. I had just gained admission to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I was 17 years old. Though I had applied to study Mass Communication or Political Science in the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, examination, I found myself in the Department of English. Getting to the university, I sought to change to the course of my first choice but later decided to settle for English after one of the most respected lecturers, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and my clansman, the late Prof. Donatus Nwoga, to whom I had taken my complaint, had talked sense into me.
Secret British Papers Released Why Biafra Lost The war How Britain covered up for Gowon in the Death of Biafran Civilians Why British Government Wanted Biafra to Fail The only reason why the content of this document has not been given extensive coverage is because Igbo people have up until now lacked the means to bring it to the attention of the world. But with Radio Biafra London back on air and broadcasting twice a week, every truth concealed and hidden from the world will be revealed and its implications analysed for ordinary people to understand.
The decision by the leadership and entire membership of Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM) to merge and become one with Bilie Human Rights Initiative (BHRI) is a welcome development supported by Radio Biafra which demonstrates that unity is achievable within Biafra and by extension the Igbo society. We therefore commend BZM on their magnanimity and spirit of brotherhood which have so far been lacking in this struggle.
These are pictures of riot policemen and women in Nigeria doing what they do best-which is extort, intimidate and brutalise innocent citizens going about their lawful business. You will be forgiven for thinking that there is war going on or a state of emergency in Nigeria going by the number of fire arms on the streets courtesy of the Nigerian Police. There is no riot or breach of the peace yet they are out on the road daily extorting money from long suffering law abiding citizens because they have guns issued by Nigerian government to kill anyone that refuses to hand over money when asked to do so at their shabbily constructed check points.
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BIAFRA DRAGS NIGERIA TO COURT!
For the first time since after the Nigeria-Biafra War
ONE was not too sure if the foremost literary stylist from Nigeria and Africa foresaw his passing on so soon? With his most recent slightly vituperative literary outing titled, There Was A Country, a literary-cum-historical bombshell on the Nigerian civil war in which he lampooned the persons of certain key figures of the fratricidal bloodbath such as Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the vice chairman of the Gowon regime who propounded the theory that starvation was a legitimate weapon of war and General Yakubu Gowon, whom he accused of spearheading a genocide against the Igbos.
Lagos — After several months of buck passing between the Presidency and stakeholders in the north on the emergence of Boko Haram Islamic sect and desirability of granting amnesty to its members, the Federal government, yesterday, took a major step towards granting them amnesty as it set up a committee to look at the feasibility or otherwise of the programme.
Tension in Onitsha as Hausa residents flee city by Emmanuel Obe, Awka from PUNCH Leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, on Tuesday said there would be no reprisal on northerners in the South-East following Monday’s bus bombing in Kano where more than 30 people were reportedly killed. Calling for calm, Uwazurike said, “We are not known for bloodletting and Ndigbo cannot be cowed into shedding blood but we want an end to this senseless bloodletting of the Igbo in the North in whatever name called.”
No writer is better placed than Chinua Achebe to tell the story of theNigerian Biafran war from a cultural and political perspective. Yet, apart from an interview with Transition magazine in 1968 and a book of Biafran poems, Nigeria’s most eminent novelist has kept a literary silence about the civil war in which he played a prominent role – until now. In his engrossing new memoir, There Was A Country, Achebe, now 81, finally speaks about his life during the conflict that nearly tore Nigeria apart in the late 60s.
The National Security Adviser, NSA, Mr Sambo Dasuki will be locked in a meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Bello Adoke today to fine-tune the terms and membership of the committee that will work on the proposed amnesty programme for Boko Haram members. President Goodluck Jonathan had on Thursday after a meeting with his security chiefs directed that a committee that will work out the modalities of an amnesty programme for the Boko Haram islamist sect be constituted and a report of the panel submitted in two weeks.