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Throwback: The Nigerian civil war ceased fire to watch a soccer match.

The Nigerian civil war was a civil war in Nigeria fought between the government of Nigeria and secessionist state of Biafra from 6 July 1967--- 15 January 1970.

Biafra represented nationalist aspiration of the Igbo people, whose leadership felt they could no longer co-exist with the Northern-dominated federal government.

The blockage imposed during the ensuring stalement led to mass starvation. During the two and half years of the war there were about 100,000 overall military casualties, while between 500,000 and 3 million Biafran civilians died of starvation.

In 1969 the Brazilian soccer hero Pele and his club Santos, stopped the Nigerian civil war to cease fire for 48 hours and the ( Nigeria and Biafra) put aside their difference for a couple of days for Santos to play in the country.

So Pele the Brazilian soccer hero was called "The Nigerian ceasefire legend".

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