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3 Stories About Nigeria. Here Is The Third Story. The Story Of Biafra. by Nobody: 3:30am On Dec 03, 2015
There a certain times people hold you firm in greiving moments to "Be A Man" That you should not cry but soak it in less you shed your masculinity tied to not wailing. Thats how we treated Biafra. We have refused to mourn enough about it. We have took the path of trite statement - "No Victor No Vanguished" Walk to the center of Berlin near Brandeburg gate, there is a Jews Memorial site. In Kigali, there is Rwandan Genocide Memorial and even in the Smithsonian axis in Washington, the US tells its story of slavery, of its civil wars and era of depression. These centers do not hide scale of the carnage nor the height inhumanity of man to man. They tell the gory pictures telling us to remember the ugly edges of war and why we should never comtemplate that now and in near future. There is a breaking in your spirit that pricks your spine that never again, never again. So how do we remember Biafra. How do we tell our young ones that truly a part of country tried to severe itself from the whole and over 1 million Nigerians lost their lives? How do we show them the Ogbunigwe, rehearse to them the pathways of the war, the epic twin battle at Onitsha between the Murtala Mohammed army and of Joseph Achuzie, the ambition of Banjo, the Asaba massacre, Adekunle Benjamin ruthlessness, the two refineries Biafra built in Umundugba and Uzoakoli, the radio station that spanned the entire region, their currency? How do we remind ourselves of the Uli airstrip that handled the second highest number of flights in Africa in that period next to Johanesburg. Why do we forget that in three years, the Igbos harvested their intellectual capital to build "ground to air missiles, assault rifles, gun boats for amphibious attacks, rocket launchers, rocket propelled grenades"? Do we realise that every Igbo person was given only 20 pounds to start their lives with after the FG disbanded the Biafran currency and today they own sprawling businesses? That they were the leading lights of education with Professors Kenneth Dike and Eni Njoku VCs of the two Universities in Western Nigeria and trading was not just all they do? So why did we not learn from Biafra? Why have not shown how chaos reveals the ingenuity of man? Thats why when some people exclaim war in the current battle for Nigeria, they dont know what it means to eat your own flesh. Where are the solemn pieces of history, the narrative of the existence and why we need to tell it all that truly warring sides paused the war to watch Pele who visited the country in 1967. For Mandela living in Ikoyi to strength of the Nigeria Airways, why don't we tell our story? Why are we in the haste to forget history? We failed to grieve enough. We built a War Museum in Umuahia; pieces of warfare lay under tents, we built a place without a soul. Like we built Abuja without an underground rail, we failed again to learn how Lagos became a chaos of everybody wanting to drive. Nigeria, giant of Africa. We say it drunk from a cheap shot of hope.

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