Biafrans are a people carved out for total annihilation by Britain and their collaborators, using the Nigerian state as a tool. To realize this evil dream, all sorts of inhumane and degrading treatments have been exacted on the peace-loving people of Biafra. This can be mirrored in the several genocidal acts meted out on them for centuries.
It is pertinent to note that even before the creation of Nigeria, Biafrans experienced several horrors in the hand of the British Empire for opposing the rising power of the Royal Niger Company (RNC) in the land. The British Empire fought cruelly against Biafrans, killing thousands in their bid to gain absolute control of Biafra land. As of 1883-1914, the Biafrans have struggled with the Aro and the Ekumeku wars visited upon them by Britain.
In those wars, thousands of Biafran lives were lost in defense of our land. But for that great sacrifice of theirs, there wouldn’t have been anything like today’s generation; there wouldn’t have been anybody to resist the later aggressions informed by the British desire to take over the oil fields of Biafra.
The indirect rule system introduced by Fredrick Lugard in Biafra land was greatly repelled by gallant Biafran women in what is today known as “the Aba Women Riot of 1929.” In this attempt to protect the land from Lugard’s corrupt instincts perpetuated through his Warrant Chiefs, fifty-one women and one man lost their life.
The people of Biafra have set aside 30th May of every year as a remembrance day for all who have sacrificed much for mother Biafra. On this day, Biafrans also remember the true elders of the land whose heads were cut off and hung on a stick for rejecting the evil antics of the colonialists.
The massacres of Biafrans in the North and in the Southwest (which precipitated the declaration of Biafra as a sovereign state) cannot be forgotten. Biafran pregnant women were disemboweled and then allowed to bleed to death. Biafrans remember them.
The Biafran children who were starved to death, the civilians gruesomely killed during the war, and Biafran soldiers who died fighting in defense of our land are all remembered on the 30th of May every year. It is a day the people reminisce on their history, a day in which Biafrans appreciate those sacrifices that have kept them going and pledge never to back down until they extricate themselves from the abominable entity called Nigeria.
On that hallowed day of remembrance, members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), as well as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, killed by the murderous Nigerian military are honoured. Every Biafran is hereby called on to observe this coming Biafra Heroes Day by simply sitting back at home.
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media