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Senator Ben Murray-Bruce in a presentation in the Upper Chamber, explained the history of Biafra, why the Igbos fought the first war and why they may be looking to achieve Biafra.

He stated that a young Igbo or Nigerian doesnt know this history.

He also said Igbos are the most industrous richest individuals, yet feel maginalised.

Watch full speech below:

19 Comments

  1. Silent majority

    June 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Is this ALL governments or just this one?

    • God Simply Jumped The Gun With Nigeria Blessings. These Cows were Far from Ready

      June 16, 2017 at 7:40 am

      HA-HA-HA Nigeria, great in Africa for exactly 5 minutes. Until buffalos started doing what buffallos Do best!

  2. Lawrence

    June 15, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Abe go Sidon somewhere

  3. Nunulicious

    June 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Said it once and I’ll say it again, without history we are bound to repeat the same mistakes. Senator Common sense you do well!

  4. BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS

    June 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    In my humble opinion! God is Lyer; I mean Devil, my badd! Hard to distinguish since you can’t see either.

    BUT NIGERIA HAS TO STAY TOGATHER.

    Yoroba weird looking ethnicity represents west Africans!

    While Hausa Fullani represent Muslim North Africa.

    Igbo people, to me represent Central, Southern Africans.

    EAST, WEST! – NORTH, SOUTH! All diverse Africa cultural group is represented in Nigeria.

    If not for anyother resons let this nation continue exist as a continetal dialogue platform.

    The gud thing about Nigerians if not the only – they are vocal people. But once we can all be part of the same dialogue in Africa. We can strategically move the continent.

    Not to highlight the endless economic fortune that lies concealed in this possible strategy for All 3! Nigeria tribes.

    Me myself I find I support Igbo in Nigeria, bcoz the music of my tribe resembles their own.

  5. JK

    June 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Spot-On!.

  6. ab

    June 15, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    He makes absolute sense!

  7. nnenne

    June 16, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Secession doesn’t always mean war!!
    The government deliberately wiped off the records because they have something to hide! They committed GENOCIDE against the igbos!

    Well, those who really wanted to know about the war, those whose family were affected looked for the history and they read!

    That military officers mostly of Igbo origin committed an unsuccessful coup.Then came the mass killing of high level Igbo military officers, including Aguiyi Ironsi, the president in retaliation. Why didn’t the killing stop there?

    They went ahead to murder Igbo and other southerners, unarmed civilians, who had nothing to do with the coup.

    The perpetrators got away with it.

    The surviving Igbo and southerners ran for their lives, leaving their businesses, jobs and properties behind.

    On reaching their ancestral homes, displaced, in Eastern Nigeria, the government told them to come back that all is well. On getting back they were murdered in mass, their trains were stopped and people slaughtered like cows, cars, lorries burnt, pregnant women, killed, their bellies cut open and their babies cut out and thrown on the streets. All sorts of atrocities.

    Igbos were killed around Nigeria, yet no more was brought to justice, no compensation paid.
    Hence. people decided that they were not safe, that Nigeria is not really theirs and the result was secession.
    Gowon declared war on them, because he felt it was illegal to secede.
    Although, the war was fought by all of South Eastern Nigeria, Igbos were punished more and made out to be the culprits.

    Why have Igbo people not forgotten Biafra?

    Probably, because they were never rehabilitated by the government, and no real reconstruction took place.
    2). the ethnic cleansing continued even after the war. There have been occasional killing of Igbo people, displacement and destruction of properties, Long before Boko Haram. Each time, people not only loose their lives but their properties and many displaced. Of course, no one is held accountable and no compensations.
    3).Policies put in place by the military autocracy
    like quota system, use of state of origin for jobs,making it impossible for people to get jobs they were clearly qualified for.
    Giving families only £ 20, in place of all the money they left in the Bank prior to the war. Declaring their properties left as they ran, as abandoned and taken away from them.
    4).The unitary government based in the capital, that had all the powers but no Igbo representation in a long time. Etc.

    Whether the Igbos are the richest in Nigeria is debatable. How many billionaires in Nigeria today, are Igbos, especially those clearly enabled by the Nigerian state.
    Take cognisance of culture, poligamy, believes etc. , Are igbos really like riches in Nigeria?
    Are they the ones who have taken the lion”s share of Nigerian wealth?

    • Andre Cooper

      June 16, 2017 at 1:24 am

      Well said Ada Igbo. May your days on earth be long.

    • Purplegirl

      June 16, 2017 at 3:21 am

      Thank you! Thank you in fact thank you again. You are the first person to put clearly the truth !!!!

      Biafra didn’t start out as Igbo people wanting to rule Nigeria but as retaliation to the senseless killings of Igbo people that took place as a result of a failed military coup. A military coup that was already being dealt with as it should have through the military and legal channels. Nigeria has allowed a tribe to commit atrocities against its own people and swept it under a rock, that’s why you’ll have Igbo children of today saying their ashamed to be called an Igbo , or non Igbo children saying “eh they should go na is it not what they want, always looking for trouble.” Chai God forbid!!!!

      It is this same children that will quickly stand with the black lives matter movement and pray for Manchester , Paris Et al movement. Not that there’s anything wrong with that as human beings we should be concerned for our fellow human beings. But see your brother suffering in your backyard with wounds that have not healed either and some will be quick to say it’s the result of our ancestors, we deserve it.

      May God open the senses of our people in Jesus name!!!!

    • lolarae

      June 16, 2017 at 3:24 am

      1) Nigerian did not commit any genocide instead they fought back this is why I said they need to teach history. Due to the not well thought out process while the hell will you b e fighting a war with people that feed you and people that you have invested in their territories.
      2) You said the military coup of Ibo origin why the hell did they kill all politicians except the ones of Ibo extraction? /
      3) With regards to killing Ibos around Nigeria it was a fuckin war for Christ sakes did Ibo not kill Banjo among countless Yoruba people or is it cause you lost
      4) THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS BIAFRA WAS NOT ABOUT LIBERATING IBO PEOPLE HAS OJUKWU CLIAMED RAHTER IT WAS A IBO EXPANSIONIST AGENDA LED BY OJUKWU IF NOT CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY ALL THE NGIER DELTA INDIGENES WERE SACKED FROM RIVERS PORTS
      CAN YOU TELL ME WHY OJUKWU INVAED A NEUTRAL MID WEST AND INSTALLED AN ENUGU MAN CALLED ALBERT OKONKWO AS THE PRESIDENT DELCARING IT AN ANNEX OF BIAFRA COUNTRY ALSO THE BIGGEST MISTAK E HE MADE SETTING HIS EYES ON YORUBA LAND ORE AND LAGOS WHICH TO MY UNDERSTANDING HE WANTED TO INSTALL BANJO HAS HEAD WHO WILLL REP[ORT TO HIM , OJUKWU CALLED YORUBA COWARDS AND BOASTED IT WILL BE AN EASY RUN OVER YORUBA LAND WHICH WAS WHERE HE MET HIS DEADY FATE NOT AN INCH OF YORUBA LAND WAS CAPTURED BY BIAFRA AND YORUBAS WENT FULL SCALE AGAISNT BIAFRA AND WE ENDED THE WAR UNDER 6 MONTHS TILL TODAY IBOS ARE CALLING YORUBA COWARDS DESPITE IN REALITY THAT’S A LIE

      5) Ibos are not meant to forget Biafra it will be very foolish of them to do so
      6) I hope you know the unitary government was introduced by an Ibo man for access to west and northern wealth not knowing the old eastern region will soon have oil
      With regards to the richest tribe In Nigeria its definitel all the indices point to Yoruba people who have done a great job of raising their regions to become very sophisticated it’s not a coincidence South west excluding Lagos accounts for 30% of wealth in Nigeria and with Lagos 56%. They also have the lowest poverty rate in Nigeria.

  8. nnenne

    June 16, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Are Igbos really the richest in Nigeria? Are they the ones, who ,unjustly took a lion”s share of the national wealth?
    Why haven ‘t subsequent coups in Nigeria resulted in the mass killing of the tribesmen of the perpetrators?

    Healing and peace are proactively earned. They just don’t happen.

    Until the powers that be in Nigeria, do things differently,until we all start seeing, putting Nigeria as one, until there is justice, fairness and equity, Nigeria cannot live up to its potential. The population and diversity we have is a treasure. Are we ready to reap it?
    Certainly, not with the way we do business now!

  9. Ekwu

    June 16, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Nnenne you have a point on why subsequent coups did not result in ethnic cleansing…probably because it was the same tribe that was doing the coups.

    Having said that, remember that Nigeria owes a debt to other tribes too e.g. development of the Niger Delta etc.

    I think it is time for us all to allow ourselves heal. Let us heal for those we lost, for the dreams that never were, for what could have been.

    Then let us unite with other tribes and together build the Nigeria of our dreams.

    • bisi

      June 16, 2017 at 8:32 am

      God bless you for this comment.

    • C

      June 16, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Pls let’s learn our history. The man who spear headed the 1966 coup was Kaduna Nzeogwu, from the igbo speaking part of Delta state. So for Niger delta people who think you’re not part of this battle….think again.

  10. lolarae

    June 16, 2017 at 3:08 am

    While agreeing with Ben bruce on certain poinnts such as teaching history as likes of chinua chebe and chiamanda have twisted the whole Biafra event upside down
    I also agree their is a need to restructure Nigeria
    but ibos are only fighting for seperation cause they felt they lost out of the 2015 elections with their GEJ . if this sort of agitation had happened uinder jonathan I will be the number 1 person supporting a break up of nigera
    They are also incapable of running an opposition like yoruab people hence their leaders and elites decamping left and right out of pdp
    Kanu is nothing but a fraud who has been preaching hate since but ffor some reasons ibo elites keptquiet
    Now north has said vacate their territory ibos are claiming to own an imaginary 44trn naira in north nigeri a
    Did you not know that before you wanrt a seccesion or that everyone will lose what they have
    The yorubas will give up their interest outside Yoruba land
    Ibos will give up their interest and niger delta too
    Or you think we will let non yorubas own anything in the event of a break up yall must be joking

  11. Icrossmyheart

    June 16, 2017 at 10:03 am

    @nnenne

    You have spoken well. This is one of the best comments so far on this issue I have read on BN. Not ignorant comments stemming from sentiments that do more harm than good.

    We should HEAL properly before moving forward. Roughly 3 MILLION IGBOS were killed during the Biafran war. But Nigerians would rather sympathise with Rwanda over their genocide rather than with their own fellow country men.

    After healing WE SHOULD PUSH FOR FEDERALISM. Each region should be responsible for its own development. Since we love all things western and especially American, we should employ what America is doing. FEDERALISM IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD to curb this disenfranchisement. NO MORE FEDERAL CHARACTER NONESENSE. Because of Federal Character some regions have refused to develop BECAUSE THEY RELY ON FEDERAL CHARACTER FOR REPRESENTATION. So they can get away with getting 15/400 because well, they will still be counted.

    Federalism will breed competition. EACH REGION WILL TRY TO OUT COMPETE THE OTHER REGIONS FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT, etc.

    Also one region will not feel compelled to go to other regions and kill senselessly for their resources. If it happens, proper retaliation will take place rather than this hush hush of trying to resolve the matter.

    I am tired of mediocrity and I am happy about these conversations because it shows we are tired. TIRED!!

  12. Peaches77

    June 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    @ Lolarae, you conveniently forget the mass killings of the Igbos before the war. Now I am referring to the civilians who were killed after the execution of Igbo military officers. Was that also justified?
    You should really calm down and reassess your assumptions.

  13. Purplegirl

    June 19, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    @lolarae I repeat Biafra was as a result of the mass killings of civilian citizens following a failed military coup. That is to say the people targeted were ordinary igbos that have no political position no say in leadership whatsoever people like you and me just going about our business. The military coup involved the strategic killings of people of power with the mistake of a wife of one of the intended victims, all to take over the government. All governments have laid out punishments for events like this and Nigeria was already on the process of carrying out said punishment before The killings of the Igbo civilians.

    The Biafra war just exposed that Nigeria’s tribalism was and always will be at the center as of our actions. I say this because I do not believe the original perpetrators of the war, being The men that carried out the coup were doing it for an Ibo agenda. Nigeria was at the stage of infancy where those with military power and education could easily believe themselves better at ruling a still developing nation. And please I’m not excusing their actions Ibo or not. But the response to their actions was pure tribalism and the events that have followed till date is still very much so. I believe in one Nigeria just as i am sure Gowon did back in the day. Unfortunately the ugly head that is tribalism has not been dealt with properly. Honestly I can’t say what we can do to correct it and move forward but I do believe hiding under lies, propaganda and stereotypes will not help us move forward to become one Nigeria.

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