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#Biafra50: “There is enough cake for each of us” – Olusegun Obasanjo

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From left: Former Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministries of Information, Education and Industry, Alhaji Ahmed Joda; Acting President Yemi Osinbajo; former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo during a Public Presentation of Biafra: 50 Years After, at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, in Abuja on Thursday (25/5/17).

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that there is no need for any Nigerian to call for the breakup of the country.

He stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a Colloquim on 50 years of Biafra organised by the Yar’Adua Foundation.

The event, which was tagged “Memory and Nation Building Biafra: 50 Years After” was co-sponsored by Ford Foundation and Open Society Initiative West Africa.

Obasanjo said that those agitating for the creation of a Biafra state were not born during the war and did not know what it entailed.

He said that Nigeria must be loved and massaged by her citizens.

“Nigeria must be massaged by all of us. No exception. It’s like a husband and wife, and I will say that we should even appeal; if anybody says he wants to go, not that we will say, you can go if you want to go. There is enough cake for each of us. And, if what you are asking for is more of the cake, then ask in a way that is pleasant, not in a way that can make others feel that you are not entitled to what you are asking for,” Obasanjo said.

He said that though the military officers who masterminded the civil war in 1966 were naive, there was an element of nationalism in some of them.

He, however, added that their action set the country back to a great extent.

Obasanjo, who said that he was one of those who wrote the operation order for the civil war said it was meant to end in three months.

He explained that it was however, allowed to extend to six months but took 30 months, saying that the federal side nearly lost the war to Biafra.

He added that while the war lasted, reconciliation was on the minds of those on the federal side.

This, the former president said, was the reason foreign observers were allowed to file reports and empowered to investigate allegations.

He said that civil war was more difficult to fight than fighting in a foreign land or to exterminate, because it was a fight to unite.

27 Comments

  1. #Proudnigerian

    May 26, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Share the national moimoi divide the national cake. Lmaoo! Oriegu??

  2. Mrs chidukane

    May 26, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Unite indeed! That’s why no igbo person was invited as a speaker. That’s why starvation was used as a weapon of war. It was supposed to end in 3 months because you grossly underestimated the ibos, not because of any unity.

    • Anonymous

      May 26, 2017 at 1:15 am

      Sympathy regarding the Biafra war. However, you don’t go to war with the expectation that your “enemies” will feed you. All is fair in war. I have never seen any war where the warring parties adhered to fair play. War brings out the greatest evil in man kind.

    • Jade

      May 26, 2017 at 1:47 am

      War is not kumbaya or feast moment. So you expect the same biafrans fighting their country to be fed by the government. I still don’t understand how biafrans expected their opposition to fold hands and kiss them.
      If you are not ready to fight with blood, and sweat, don’t instigate anything. Sit your ass down at home.

      Igbos are equally as successful as any other tribe and are eating well in the country. I don’t know what else they want.
      During ojukwu’s time unity was ended but now all these biafrans are just jobless and looking for attention.
      If you want to talk about hate, with the way Igbos constantly insult Yorubas even on here, Yorubas should be complaining too. Every tribe insult one another and throw stereotype. Get over yourself

    • C

      May 26, 2017 at 3:50 am

      They got their western saviors to block of ports of any food or artillery coming into Igbo land including food from missionaries for babies and attacked children and women on feeding grounds set up that was their war strategy kill innocent kids and women and starve them. Of course army were busy making their own artillery and planting their own food. Honestly I’m glad we’re together to watch them crumble us all slowly with same technique of starving our land and people yep whole of Nigeria while they grow big belly

    • Adv Jude

      May 26, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Even till now;the truth hunts them like flies…..Biafra has become a school,which has many students.Its a function of time,we would mould our own cake to suit our taste.

    • Read Up On War

      May 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Please read up on Wars since the beginning of time, wars are not won by giving the “enemy” undue advantage. Blockades are an actual thing and no one will be spared until either side gives in. The side with the best (gruesome) tactic wins. I am not sure why you Biafra agitators expected to get a pat on the back while the war was going on. Go and read up on German Military tactics during WW2, and even compare them to Stalin’s tactics during the same war… Not saying its great to starve people, but wars are not won by pity.

      When will someone actually blame the people who decided to go to war? The ones who decided to jettison dialogue for armed combat? Those are the people y’all should ask for closure ( ON BOTH SIDES). IGBO folks only bring up these talks and play victim when it comes to political appointments and positions, now here’s what you need to do: ADMIT that this is what y’all are really angry about and demand inclusion in “SHARING THE NATIONAL CAKE” … Tired of these Biafra Rhetoric, the Jews have moved on from the Holocaust…. remember it once in a while and move on please. Urgh

  3. nnenne

    May 26, 2017 at 1:00 am

    The sad thing is the war did not change anything .
    The status quo still remained, even got worse.
    The ordinary citizens killed, who did not plan or execute the coup of 1966, and. those killed over the years after the war, will forever remain my hero.
    I may not have witnessed it, but my family lost great men (civilians) in it.

  4. godwin

    May 26, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I’m Igbo however I`m adamantly against Biafra. Igbo politicians should be held to account for any marginalisation the Igbos reckon they experience. The only marginalisation that exists in Nigeria is that of the rich against the poor and this occurs in all tribes. With the Hausas having been in power for a greater part of Nigeria`s existence,their people are still the least educated and poorest in Nigeria. Now,do you see why the marginalisation is only that of the rich against poor. The hausa and Igbo rich/politicians still put tribe aside when it comes to business,legal or illegal as the case may be.

    • ANGRY ME

      May 26, 2017 at 7:20 am

      @godwin your comment reminds me of a recent picture I saw on babangidas daughters wedding. Tinubu was seated close to Jonathan. In that wedding Apc and Pdp members gathered as friends and brothers. Ibo, Yoruba,Hausa, Tiv etc. politicians wined and dined hence the comment on the photo “the next time you want to insult your friend or your brother because of these men ask yourself was your father at that wedding? The marginalisation I see is that of the rich against the poor there’s no doubt about it. So when Obj says there’s plenty to go around he means step up your game enter politics or fratenize with one and you’re good to go. #mtchewww

    • Iya ibeji

      May 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      It feels great to know that there are Nigerians out there who can reason like you just did. Until we realise that our problem in Nigeria is rich versus poor and together face our oppressors, the masses will continue to be divided along tribal and religious line while the rich continue to grow richer and stronger.
      It is just a shame and my heart breaks seeing us not moving forward as a people. At this point though, I do feel like if separation is what will give us peace, then let’s do it. Maybe in the aftermath of it all, we will all realise that the average hausa, yoruba just like the igbo does not benefit from oil or the “national cake” , just a select few who have us exactly where they want us – divided and distrustful of one another

  5. C

    May 26, 2017 at 3:35 am

    A theif will always be a theif he still think it is about money. Tell me something have any of y’all ever seen bodies piled on each other with head decapitated and no I’m not talking about 1960s I’m talking about 1990s as a child in holiday season they had a straight 5day jihad aka mass murder of Igbo people (really descendants cause most of them had lived in North whole life) that they knew by name cause they sent their bodies with name tags while a representative of every Igbo family had to go identify if any of their relatives was there while they went through all parts of Igbo land and it did not stop till there was retaliation. Sad ain’t it we’re busy killing ourselves because of suffering on our land while our oppressors milliki. I’m all for a Unied Nigeria in fact I want a UnitedA Africa if the first thing we unite in is exiling or annihilating these Stupid presidents, governors, cheifs, sultans, pastors, imams, … Who go that help invest and develop western society while their land and people perish. We will always be down for a true African state for the people there’s a reason we’ve the colors of the black movement. I ain’t a biafran or a Niger-ian I’m a true African for the people y’all looking at this as a tribe thing only cause you don’t yet see the whole picture go pick up a map and a official language that’s truly ours please show me 1. They came they conquered and left us to our own to oppress us more.

  6. Biafra is Holly Ground

    May 26, 2017 at 6:04 am

    The North is a compromised Jihadist training and festering ground. Yorobanis will shack up – with a monkey if it wore an agbada. so I don’t blame them for not seeing threat level. But I don’t know how no1 duznt get it, Biafra will not live to see the parasitic invasion of Islam among its soil and people for reasons I don’t expect any1 of you to understand. #WEWANTOUT

    • Phineas

      May 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      What are you on about nwa nnem/aburo? I know a number of Igbo Muslim

    • i concur

      May 27, 2017 at 6:27 am

      WELL! what do u want me to say – “it’s too late for them innit!”

  7. Uberhaute looks

    May 26, 2017 at 7:50 am

    The only movmt needed is to bridge d gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria. Let everything be on merit and remove all these stupid clause on employment criteria..

  8. Agenyi Arome

    May 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

    We have come a long way that we should learn to stay together as a people. If we continue to demand for a break up when we know that our strength lies in our diversity, we are not doing ourselves any good. This one thing we should bear in mind as we ask for break up, no state in Nigeria is disadvantaged, we are all endowed with resources. We are better of as one country, one people, one nation

  9. mrs chidukane

    May 26, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Bn you guys should post my comment. I can’t type another.

  10. remi

    May 26, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Nigeria has been reduced to cake ,,,,,where people in Aso rock share it as it pleases them. Biafra will come to pass and Nigeria will disappear . We are following Lord Lugards mistake and Nigerian military coupist laws

  11. mrs chidukane

    May 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

    1. All is not fair in war, I will refer you to the Geneva convention.
    2. No one wants food from the enemy, allow foreign aid was all they required.
    3. Ibos can comfortably feed themselves, i don’t know what gives you guys the idea that we can’t. What we can’t plant we will import. After all, is the food we get from the north free? Don’t we pay for it? We can still pay someone else for it.
    4. You say we are whining but why won’t we? Brutally murdered at every turn with no justice for the victims yet still looked at as villains. What is our crime? Our lives never matter. We love money yet the major looters are from other tribes. We curse yorubas yet whenever there’s a crime story on BN featuring an ibo person, the tribe is vilified and called names. When it’s a Yoruba person, there is no comment and if there is, certainly not about tribe.
    We pay rent in our host communities and states unlike many here who sleep on the streets and under the stairs, stinking up the house and spoiling your facilities.
    . I applaud my dad as well as everyone that fought the war for standing up as men. One can’t see his kinsmen brutally murdered with their bodies decapitated and packed like sardines and not feel something rise up in him.

    I know a lot of atrocities committed during the war by Nigeria sounds like it was made up to people of certain tribes because they and their parents did not feel it at all and so I believe they should refrain from commenting especially as they will only make insensitive comments.

    • Anonymous

      May 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      From Anonymous to Mrs chidukane
      Geneva Convention and other written humanitarian codes are only observed on the pages of books and not on the battle front. That is the real reality of War. Even the Superpowers only paid lip service to the Geneva Code when Iraq and Afghanistan were annihilated. If the geographical location of the Igbos, gave them the opportunity to use the same technique against Nigeria, they would have taken the same action. Igbos were never going to win from the inception of the war. Can you confidently say the Igbos followed the Geneva code during their battle against the Nigerian Army? The Igbos should have continued pursuing the war from the northern axis, rather than try conquering the Nigeria military by entering the southwest. That was one of the Igbos greatest undoings of the war.

      One group of people will always come out worse after a war. With just 2 nuclear bombs, the USA killed 129,000 Japanese at the height of the second world war. Unfortunately, the Igbos were on the receiving end during the Biafra/Civil War.

      Every other point you raised is quite irrelevant to my original post because I did not mention anything about the Igbos being unable to feed themselves.

  12. remi

    May 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Nigeria can keep her cake, we Igbos want nothing from Nigeria as she has absolutely nothing to offer us. Igbos want out not some rotten cake from a directionless country. We have the capacity to bake any type of cake we want so it’s a huge insult for Nigeria to say she will give Igbos cake she couldn’t give for over 50yrs

  13. M

    May 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The most insulting attempt to the Biafra wounds. Shame on the organisers. Can’t believe this. Nigeria is not ready, hungry ass kisses everywhere .

  14. Bowl

    May 26, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks M

  15. sika

    May 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Who invited OBJ to this event? This bigot and treasonous being. This man has contributed to the problems naija has… a bloody snake! he needs to just bloody retire – he has done enough damage. Cake ko, Cake ni. Oloshi

  16. gentle master

    May 26, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I want the war to repeat again, let’s no who is who, Nigeria tot it was when d world was on their side because of d lie they were deceive with. Now the truth have been revealed let’s go for return match. We don’t want Nigeria again is it by force ! ! Allow us let us go period

  17. Tracy Edward

    May 26, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    you people should stop this division or sepration thing. Look what is happening in south Sudan!!!!!!! Igob think of how to build nigeria. Black people think and build your wounderful conutry!!!!!!!!!

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