Ijaw Youth Council Regrets Fall of Biafra in 1970, Denounced Their Parents Role During the Civil War
and have publicly denounced the role their parents played against the Igbos in the Nigeria/Biafra Civil War of 1967/70.
However, they pleaded for forgiveness, saying if the level of awareness and information technology available today were in the country then, the Ijaw would have supported the Biafra’s course.
Addressing the Ohanaeze Youth Council’s (OYC’s) submit, held in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the President of Ijaw Youth Council, Comrade Udeng Eradiri, said the Niger Delta erred for not supporting the Biafra’s course during the war from 1967-1970, and heaped the blame on lack of awareness and misinformation.
He said, “If we had the type of awareness and information technology we have today, then, we would have stood firmly with Biafra to win the war, but we are working hard to resolve the issue now,” he stated. Comrade Eradiri expressed happiness that not-with-standing their role in the civil war, “Ndigbo voted overwhelmingly for their son, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in 2011 and since then the zone has been supporting his administration.”
He pointed out that Ijaw youths were pleased with their show of love and solidarity, and pledged that Niger Delta youths will support the current Biafra course.
He lamented that the issue of injustice that led to the civil war “is still the same issue bedeviling the country today,” and asked for concerted efforts to address the issues, noting that Nigeria must break up ,We are Biafrans.