Biafran Volunteer Soldier

November 03, 2016.

By Okonkwo Isaac Somto                                

Nigeria is a country that was created artificially by British colonialism. Nigeria consists of Arewa, Oduduwa and Biafra.  The trick of British colonialism was the divide and rule system. They knew the nature of Nigeria; that it is a country that doesn’t have the same climate, the same religion, the same mentality, the same dialect, and the same culture. They used their military might to force Nigeria to be one by the amalgamation of the southern and northern protectorates of Nigeria.

They gave the Fulani emirs political prominence at the expense of the Southern population and left a time bomb with the fuse burning. During the coup that saw General Gowon came into power, the British High Court commission in Lagos after the meeting with the coup leaders came out in their full support – including their demand for recognition of the dominance of the North in any political process.

All the regions except the South Eastern region – where the former governor, Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, remained in command with his troops and refused to recognise the new dictatorship.

Gowon taught that British imperialism liked him and that was why they would support him to fight a war against Ojukwu. But he failed to understand that Britain and America were only interested in stealing Nigerian oil.

Britain who knew that failure to stop Biafra will result to a brand new world for Africa, and a more dominant Biafra republic will shape a new dawn for Africa decided to do everything in their power to prevent that from happening. Knowing how intelligent, brilliant, smart, hard-working and powerful the Biafran people was, Britain stood with Nigeria to fight against them just because they feared that Biafra was capable of creating a reliable, respectable, inventive and powerful Nation that will cripple their influence in Africa.

Chinua Achebe author of "THERE WAS A COUNTRY" said- "Let me give one more dimension of what we were hoping to do in Biafra, and what this freedom and independence was supposed to be like. We were told, for instance, that technologically we would have to rely for a long, long time on the British and the West for everything.

European oil companies insisted that oil-industry technology was so complex that we would never in the next five hundred years be able to figure it out. We knew that wasn't true. In fact, we learned to refine our oil during the two and a half years of the struggle, because we were blockaded. We were able to demonstrate that it was possible for African people entirely on their own to refine oil. We were able to show Africans could pilot their planes."-Chinua Achebe.                                      

As you could observe during the civil war Biafrans scientist were able to invent a lot of things, they could build their weapon, cars, rockets, bombs, telecommunications gadgets and also devised an ingenious strategy to refine their oil, all this was accomplished in less than two and a half years, something the Nigeria Government haven't done for more than fifty (50) years now.

If you recall the OGBUNIGWE, those of you who don't know what that means should ask the Nigeria army and her armed forces, they can never forget what OGBUNIGWE did to them. Biafran scientists invented the bomb called OGBUNIGWE, the bomb was a complex three-chamber apparatus that often included delayed action devices containing a propellant, an explosive substance-often gunpowder in an igniting base- and scraps of metal for maximal effect. OGBUNIGWE bombs struck great terror into the hearts of many Nigerian soldiers, and till this day, they still fear what that bomb did to them.

Even though the Nigeria army was well equipped and had the support of the British, America, Russia government, they still feared the inventions and the weapons of Biafran scientists. What Biafran scientists achieved during the civil war, mesmerised the British Government and since then they have vowed never to give Biafra a chance to prove their capabilities to the world. Imagine we got Biafra during the 1967 civil war the whole of Africa would have been liberated and wide-open to a whole new world of dependability. If Biafra had existed before now, there wouldn't be any darkness but light in Africa, Africa wouldn't depend on Europe, Britain or America for technology and inventions.

We would have been able to do all those things ourselves and that was what Britain feared would have happened if the allowed the Republic of Biafra, they knew the Biafran people were strong, smart and brilliant enough to create a Nation of total freedom and dependability for themselves and not rely on Britain or Europe for everything.

That was why Britain made sure they gave Nigeria every support they needed to destroy that hope and dream, they stood with Nigeria and massacred over 3.5million Biafrans just because they feared what the Biafran people could achieve, they feared that soon Africa through Biafra would discover for themselves that everything Europe, America and Britain told them was a very BIG LIE! Biafra would have been the light of Africa, a new Beginning for Africa, Africa would have been liberated and totally free through Biafra but Britain fought so hard to make sure that wasn't possible by killing Millions of Biafra who wanted to be free from their enslavement.

Africa till now is still a slave to their colonial Masters, that's the truth whether you like it or not. Nigeria is the so-called giant of Africa because of the Britain, Britain is still in full control over the affairs of Nigeria, and they keep deciding what goes on in Nigeria. Those who are insentient, cold-blooded, unaffected keep saying Biafra is Dead but deep down they know Biafra is Never Dead because the spirit of Biafra still lives in all Biafrans and as long as Biafrans live Biafra lives.

Biafra has come to stay, and there is nothing the British-Nigeria government can do about that. Even though Britain and Nigeria tried to commit an unthinkable act by trying to exterminate the Biafran race during the 1967 civil war, they failed. Biafra can't be killed because Biafra is a spirit. So instead of fighting to keep enslaving the Biafran people in Nigeria, Britain should give them their freedom because Nigeria and Britain will never be at peace until they let Biafra go.


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