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50 years later… Discussing #AsabaMassacre & Importance of History



Social Commentator Cheta Nwanze says the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) shut down a show where he was discussing about the Asaba Massacre which took place 50 years ago in the heat of the civil war.

The Nigerian Army, on October 7 massacred over 700 people at an open square in Asaba who they termed Biafran sympathisers.

The killings started from October 5 and continued into the days that followed October 7th 1967.

Another Twitter user @Ajebopoet shared a similar experience:

It has started a discussion on Twitter. On one hand are those condemning the action by the NBC because it is stifling free speech, and on the other are those saying that with the ethnic tension and security challenges in the nation, this is not the right time to be discussing such.

BNers let’s hear your thoughts.


  1. Smh

    October 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I’m so happy people are finally talking about the asaba massacre. There was a full page issue on it in punch newspaper some days ago.

    It hurts me to my bone marrow when I hear some Nigerians of other tribes claiming that the Igbos should move on from the Biafran war. How do you expect someone to heal when you don’t want to address the matter.?

    The asaba massacre was a crime against humanity… Killing innocent armless civilians who surrendered to the army was a huge crime against humanity. We need to speak out.

    Ps: I know a lot of mid-western Igbo speaking parts (Delta state Igbos) claim that they are not Igbo…. But it is of interest to note that the master mind of the 1966 coup- Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu was in fact a mid-western Igbo from present Delta state. (A native of Okpanam town, near Asaba).

    This may be why the Nigerian army felt they were the enemy and were loyal to Biafra. (Major Nzeogwu fought on Biafra’s side).

    The 1966 coup killed prominent northern and Yoruba leaders and was what ultimately resulted in the civil war.

    We need to learn our history.

  2. Funmilola

    October 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    National broadcasting commissionn is a huge joke, I wonder how they think and work.

  3. Confuzzled

    October 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Temisan Okomi should be ashamed for such ignorant and wicked statements. Sweeping over past atrocities and airbrushing history is an open invitation for the same things to be repeated in the future.

    We must remember and commemorate these things and accept them publicly as part of our history, if possible reparations must be made to families of survivors. Its the only way to ensure lasting peace and to honor the lives lost.

    • miss_nk

      October 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      and that is the problem with Nigerian youths, they never want to learn about history. Just bury their heads in sand and wonder why the country is such a mess.

  4. BabyGirl

    October 5, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    There is a saying “History ignored, will be repeated”. The Temisan guy clearly thinks we should move on, as is the Nigerian mentality “Lets move on” but the truth of the matter is, we are on a path to destruction in Nigeria if we take peoples freedom of speech and remembrance. Here I was complaining that we don’t teach history as a taught subject in our secondary schools and that our govt syllabus (McPherson constitution etc) be changed, only for me to discover that even the government classes has been taken out of the Nigerian subjects. Honestly, I am weak for Nigeria and the disaster these baby bloomers have caused for us. This will definitely have a ripple effect and in turn take us to a sunken place. Truth is no matter the prayer, Nigeria isn’t on a path to greatness and its very sad. We are in a military rule and only a matter of time before a revolution or better still History repeats itself.

  5. physio Tinu

    October 5, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Nigeria and its culture of silence of the most pressing issues. Hian. Then again, i can’t blame them, there’s so much tension in the land. The ethnic tension is real. But when we don’t even teach our own history in primary and secondary school, why do we think they would let us publicly acknowledge the atrocities of the past. We have a very long way to go.

  6. happyhilly

    October 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t know why we don’t seem to like studying history in Nigeria. What are the authorities scared of? Why can’t we have a ‘Nigerian Civil War’ museum? Some who criticise the discussion of Nigerian history actually watch American slave and other historical movies and read similar books.

    Well, let’s study history because it is …. HISTORY.

  7. nwa nna

    October 5, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Nigeria, always running away from the ghost of its past. Hence the same mistakes are repeated over and over again. Sigh

  8. Moniker

    October 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    We wanted Change. We have it. Unfortunately, we are going to endure the stifling that comes with it. What we enjoyed freely under GEJ we are been banned. As for Temisin Okomi, let him stick with sports if he doesn’t know what to say. No one is carrying arm. Just a reminder never to go that way again.They feel like it is too political.


  9. corolla

    October 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Wow! This Temisan Okomi is the most ignorant piece of crap!

  10. @ChizzyA

    October 6, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Please what do we want to achieve with this history , taking note of recent happenings in the country especially in the South -East.

    • TiVo

      October 6, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Another ignorant mofo!!! ??

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