The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Nigerian-Biafran War, starting from July 1967 and ended on January 15, 1970, was a three-year bloody conflict with a death toll numbering more than one million people. Having commenced seven years after Nigeria gained independence from Britain, the war began with the secession of the southeastern region of the nation on May 30, 1967, when it declared itself the independent Republic of Biafra.
The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War and the Nigerian-Biafran War (6 July 1967 – 15 January 1970), was a war fought between the government of Nigeria and the secessionist state of Biafra. The civil war which started 6 July 1967 lasted for 3 years and is popularly known as the Nigeria-Biafra war and almost destroyed the unity of Nigeria. Thee civil war was fought to reinstate the unity in the country. It was a result of the Nigeria’s government’s effort to counter struggle by Igbo
General Yakubu Gowon born on October 19, 1934 is a Nigeria former Military Head of State from 1966 to 1975. Gowon joined the Nigerian Army in 1954, and received his commission as a second lieutenant on 19 October 1955, his 21st birthday. In January 1966, he became Nigeria's youngest Head of State at the age of 31 after the death of Major General Aguiyi Ironsi in 1966 (who was the head of state following the January 1966 coup-with Gowon his Chief of Staff) . He took power after the 1966 Nigerian counter-coup
NYSC came into being with the promulgation of Decree 24 in May 1973.It was established after the Nigeria Civil War to encourage the development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity, according to the scheme's website.The establishment of the scheme also led to the creation of jobs for many Nigerians.
By Ikeddy ISIGUZO FIFTY years may seem to be a long time. It should be; we are looking at half a century. For the mind, 50 years are nothing, and a good proof is the Nigeria Civil War that ended those number of years ago. Locked up in the minds of millions of Nigerians of that generation, that the war is still on. They are right. Has the war ended? Nigerians are likely to give different answers. The formal war finished with the signing of the surrender that General Philip Effiong handed in on 15 January 1970.
When I was growing up,my father used to tell me a story that during the Nigeria Civil War,That the Nigerian and Biafran Soldiers agreed to halt the war for 48 hours because the Legendary Pele of Brazil has agreed to come with his Team Santos to play an exhibition Match in Nigeria,how did this happen and why did Pele choose to play in Nigeria at the peak of his powers then,read this short story below Pele has already won the World cup twice at 28 years old,when his Brazilian team decided to tour Africa,stric
In 1965, the Western Region parliamentary elections were held and it was conspicuously rigged. It, however, triggered crisis in the region. There was widespread violence in the whole region. There was hate, rancour, suspicion and acrimony everywhere. There was breakdown of law and order. There was operation “wetie”, a Yoruba corruption of the English word “wet”. People were doused (wet) with petrol and burnt to death. It was a horrible scene. Lives and property were destroyed. The rate with which th
The Nigeria Civil War has come and gone leaving behind Tears,regrets and pains,If Ojukwu and Gowon are fortunate enough to turn back the hands of time,I believe either of them would have done things differently,but this post is not about Ojukwu and Gowon but rather it is about Ojukwu and Murtala,two Soldiers that committed crimes against humanity in the name of war,something that is unpardonable If you mention the name Murtala Mohammed in some quarters,the Asaba Massacre will immediately spring to mind,the
In this article, we will try to address issues that include the primary causes of the Nigerian civil war in 1967. Note: The scope of this article is only limited to the major causes of the Nigerian civil war. In order to get a clear understanding of the above issues, it will be very good to get some background history of the Nigeria Civil war of 1967.
The Story Of Brigadier Samuel Ademulegun Is Indeed a Sad One,He was Among Those executed During the Nigeria Civil War led by Chukwuma Nzeogwu alongside Some Other Military Men of Igbo Extraction,Ademulegun Was The Third Highest Ranked Army In The Whole of Nigeria Behind Only Aguiyi Ironsi and a Certain Mr Bassey From Calabar,His Army Official Number Was N3,He was Serving in Kaduna Being the Commanding Officer Of The 1st Division Army in the Northern part Of The Country at The Time Of His Execution,Being the
As the year gradually winds down, the need for individuals and groups alike to re-evaluate the progress so far made cannot be overemphasized,hence the collective coalition of the years achievements and plans to augment on our weaknesses. Dear Friends recall that history holds that ,in 1967 the Nigeria Civil war started from a once blessed and peaceful community called GAKEM in the today Bekwarra Local Government Area of Cross River state. Like the impact of war any where in the world, this left our people in
Dick Tiger,he is a professional boxer and political activist, he fought during the Nigeria Civil war as a Brafran soldier. He became a two-time undisputed world middle weight champion and he also helped to shape boxing during the 1950s. He fought two different battles in his life time, the first was in the ring fighting against his opponent and the second was outside the ring fighting for Biafra army.
Since the amalgamation of the northern and southern parts of the nation to form Nigeria, there hasn't been more serious call for disintegration as it is in recent times.
A lot has been going on in the country recently and the more the government strive to keep the nation and everyone together in one accord is the more some group of individuals agitate for referendum. Nigeria is a blessed nation with good people, for decades we have been the giant of Africa, a lot has been achieved through the unity of the nation and it should continue to be so. We are brothers and sisters, we should love one another and accept ourselves for God brought us together as one nation. Every nation
As we mark fifty years since the Nigeria Civil War ended in January 1970, I thought about a story I read when I was in Form Three, in a book of short stories titled The Act of Reading. It was about an old veteran of the American Civil War of 1861-65, who was walking on a southern Americanstreet three decades after that war ended. He came upon a young Southern American boy who was singing lustfully about “the glorious battlefields of the Civil War.” He sang about the great battles of
A former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo has narrated how Gen Olu Bajowa (retd) saved him from being assassinated during the Buka Suka Dimka coup of 1976. Obasanjo said that if Bajowa had not invited him to his son’s naming ceremony, he would have been shot dead by the coup plotters. The ex-president made the disclosure on Sunday, December 27, in Ondo state at an event to mark Bajowa’s 80th birthday celebration, The Nation reported. He said: Vanguard reported that the ex-president disclosed the
He joined the colonial army in 1939 for the 2nd World War which took him to Scotland and India and ten years later made the famous Nigeria football team to Britain known then as the UK Tourist team that played bare footed in 1949. He was to later become the Chairman of Shooting Stars football Club of Ibadan. Today he is celebrating 108 years of existence on earth and his name is Pa Samson Olayiwola Babalola Lankorodoro, JP. Born on January 7, 1912 to traditional worshiper parents at Ibadan, Pa Olayiwola Lan
Nigeria Break-up Is Unacceptable To Us —@AsiwajuTinubu The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has warned that Nigeria stands the risk of experiencing another war if it breaks up.There have been agitations in the South-East and South-West for the country's break-up for separate nations - Biafra and Oduduwa respectively.
The Nigeria Civil war popular known as the Biafra, was a horrifying experience that scattered most families and claimed most innocent lives. The war lasted for three years, from 1967-1970 which resulted to the death of over 1 million people. From the date, we can see that the war commenced just seven years after Nigeria gained independence from Britain, the war began when the brutalisation of innocent people from Eastern Nigeria in the Northern part of the country, which led to the southeastern region of the
Ethnicity should enrich us; it should make us a unique people in our diversity and not be used to divide us. ~Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Liberian President. To say Nigeria is a country of pretenders wouldn't be far-fetched from the truth. It is a country with over 350 ethnic groups amongst which rivalry, nepotism and competition is bred. The ethnic conflict in the nation is a result of colonial and culture contact. Also, the British colonialists in their guise of uniting the already warring ethnic