Isreali PM Takes Bold Step in Recognising The Genocide Committed Against Biafrans
The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB has thanked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for openly talking about the Biafra Genocide.
IPOB said it was grateful to Netanyahu for openly acknowledging the genocide committed against the people of Biafra by the Nigerian Government.
Biafra is the old South Eastern Nigeria that has existed before the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914. Biafra was declared independent on the 30th day of May 1967 following the massacre of thousands of its citizens by the Northerners and South Western Nigerians in 1966.
The pogrom meted out to Biafrans living in the North and South-Western parts of Nigeria warranted the declaration of Independence of the Biafran region because they no more feel safe in any part of Nigeria. Despite the call for Biafra to be left alone as she was no more safe in Nigeria, the Nigeria government with the help of the British Government attacked Biafra in order to take their land by force. Ojukwu tried to save the situation by calling for true federalism which was commonly agreed upon in a peace negotiation conference held in Ghana under the name of The Aburi Accord. Rather than respecting this Aburi Acord for the peaceful co-existence between Nigeria and Biafra, this agreement was betrayed by the then military head of State of Nigeria – General Gowon. This betrayal of the Aburi accord was the primary cause of the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War.
The Israeli Prime Minister had during his speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem, mentioned Biafra as a sad case in history where the world turned a blind eye to the orchestrated murder of millions of innocent civilians.
Reacting to Netanyahu’s comment, IPOB’s publicity secretary, Emmanuel Powerful said the development signals the best thing to come for the struggle.
He noted that without a doubt, “this represents one of the greatest achievements of IPOB worldwide under the command structure of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”
He said, “After nearly 50 years of blindfold diplomacy when Britain actively connived with Nigeria to blind the world to the horrors and atrocities committed by Gowon, Obasanjo, Buhari and others, the world is slowly waking up to their responsibility of accepting the fact that Britain sponsored the Gowon administration to commit mass murder against Biafrans and Igbos in particular.
“Yesterday, 23 April 2017, marks the first day the name Biafra has been mentioned in public by a major world leader.
“Mentioning Biafra in Jerusalem during his speech, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reinforced the holocaust significance and our belief in the inevitability of the restoration of Biafra in the near future.”
He said, if Biafra eventually becomes a reality, it would partner with Israel.
Powerful added, “Biafra nation will be the greatest ally of Israeli nation because blood is and will always be thicker than water. We are aware that Israel will always love Biafra because they are waiting to see the emergence of a credible Biafran group and leadership, they will speak.
“It’s a gradual process, the whole world can no longer pretend not to be aware of the genocide against the people of Biafra orchestrated by Britain and executed by the Nigerian Government of Yakubu Gowon.
“Those who claim to be Igbo people or Niger Deltans, especially those born and raised or living outside the sacred land of Biafra, should read the full text of the speech by the Prime Minister to understand that appeasing and begging those that hate you will never stop them from killing you.”
First published by the Daily Post