A South African based Nigerian Scholar at The Center for Human Rights, Ayo Shogunro has said the issue of Biafra today, is about Nigeria steadfastly dismissing the humanitarian injustices done to the Igbo and their neighbouring ethnicities, even 50 years later.
Shogunro said this in a series of tweets in reaction to the Head of Research at SMB Intelligence, Cheta Nwanze on the 50 years anniversary of the Nigeria Biafra War.
Kano, 1963. Front (L-R): Tony, Paul, Ngozi, Grandma, Chibuzo (my Mum), Oseloka, Ubaka. Back (L-R): Ify, Chineze, Emma. Not in picture: Grandpa, Nduka, Louisa, Medua, Tata.
— Chxta (@Chxta) January 15, 2020
The issue of Biafra today isn’t about building roads and bridges—at least, not literally—in the East, but about Nigeria steadfastly dismissing the humanitarian injustices done to the Igbo and their neighbouring ethnicities, even 50 years later.
Those of us who talk of Biafra today want the Nigerian government to sit-up, and acknowledge that: Yes, there was a country and everyone involved bungled it very stupidly. This may look like a little thing to ask, but the Nigerian government is notorious for not apologising.
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This point may be difficult to grasp by non-Igbo Nigerians, but it is a hurt and anger that is real to many people—and directed at the current concept of the Nigerian nation. Ordinary people were hurt by Nigeria and nobody cared afterwards.
We keep getting upset that the Nigerian govt is generally careless about the deaths of innocent civilians: Southern Kaduna, the Middle-Belt, SARS, Boko Haram, etc. But this official nonchalance was encouraged when we let the deaths of over 2m Nigerians be swept aside.
Human life is sacred, and Biafra requires some reconsideration from us — today’s citizens of the surviving entity Nigeria.
We have to start taking our right to life seriously. We have to recognise that this nonchalance to civilian death is a problem.