THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBERING THE BIAFRAN FALLEN HEROES

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It has in recent times been more firmly established under the influence of the IPOB, that on the 30th of May every year, all Ndigbo should sit at home. This is in commemoration of the four million Biafrans who died in the genocidal Civil war which lasted from July 1967 to January 1970.

This exercise has recorded immense success in recent years, and all over Biafra land on this day, the roads, schools and markets have been seen to be remarkably empty, as Ndigbo have sat at home to remember their fallen heroes. The most remarkable success was recorded two years ago in 2017, where it was recorded that the effect was so remarkable that many markets in Northern Nigeria were scanty. The effect was so profound that the Arewa Youth Forum was said to have asked all Ndigbo who live in the North to pack their bags and leave in 100 days. A sanction which was later withdrawn when it was found that even the Northerners will find it hard to cope without Ndigbo.

It was during that time that it became clear that the unity of Ndigbo has wrongly been in question over many years, and was still very much intact. In the discussions of the Marginalization of Ndigbo, something the critic has always said is, “The Igbos are not united.” And for long this fallacy was being upheld. And the thing with lies is that when it is said too often, it begins to sound like the truth. This was until the emergence of freedom fighting groups like IPOB with the ideal of freedom very much sacred and dear to Ndigbo. And through its execution of freedom fighting and its numerous goals, it has succeeded in proving that indeed, Ndigbo are still united, and the uncommon solidarity with which we withstood the harshest hostilities and unfavorable odds for 30 months is still very much there. And one of the ways the IPOB has managed to do this is through consistently hammering on the importance of days like the Biafran remembrance day every may 30th.

 

On this day, we remember the two million children, unjustly starved to death, our gallant soldiers who lost their lives, everybody who we lost and we celebrate those who survived that genocidal war. Through this, we continue to bring to the consciousness of Nigeria and the world at large that our history is still very much alive in us. There is also a global injustice on the path of Ndigbo, because the UN has refused to classify what went on in Biafra as genocide, despite every proof of it being just that. And so because of this, it is important that Ndigbo keep commemorating the losses we incurred in that genocidal war. And if nobody will remember what we have gone through for us, it is is important that we do not fail to do so for ourselves.

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