Biafrans celebrates 50th anniversary since declaration

As today marks the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Biafra War in Nigeria, this is a throwback photo of the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra, Colonel Odumegwu Emeka Ojukwu popularly known as 'Ikemba' reading a speech as he declared the independence of Biafra on May 30th, 1967.


Following the declaration, in July 1967, the head of Nigeria’s military government, General Yakubu Gowon declared war and attacked Biafra for 30 months.

After three years of non-stop fighting, in fear of being assassinated, General Odumegwu-Ojukwu in 1970 handed over power to his second in command, Major-General Philip Effiong and traveled to Ivory Coast where he was in exile for 13 years.

In 1982, the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Shehu Aliyu Usman Shagari granted an official pardon to Odumegwu-Ojukwu and opened the road for a triumphant return for him.

He contested as a presidential candidate three times under his party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) but lost. Until his illness, he remained the party leader.

Ojukwu died in a London Hospital in 2011, at the age of 78.

Streets and market places in the South East states are currently deserted owing to the "Sit at Home" order issued by IPOB leaders in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Biafra war.

The residents of the different states are scared of coming out to engage in their lawful activities for fear of being attacked by the IPOB members.


The different south east governors and the police have issued statements assuring the residents of the different states to go about their lawful businesses as there would be maximum security provided for them. 


The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, visited the scene where some Biafra agitators were murdered on the 30th of May, 2016 to remember them on the one-year anniversary of the death and also pray for the repose of their souls.

During his visit to Eke Nkpor, the IPOB leader, who only recently got released from prison following his arrest last year, tearfully vowed that the death of those Biafra supporters reportedly killed by Nigerian security operatives will be avenged. While praying for them, he also promised that Biafra will be restored so that their death will not be in vain. 


The visit was ahead of the sit at home being observed in the South-East states in remembrance of all who died in the fight to make Biafra a reality.

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