Biafran legacy has been a defining factor in the life of the Igbo
nation. The Republic of Biafra was declared on May 30, 1967 as a last-ditch
effort to stem the wanton massacres of Ndigbo and other Easterners
who resided in other parts of Nigeria. This act of self-determination
to found our own safe haven in our ancestral homeland in Biafra was
seen by those who dominated the Nigerian government as a call to war.
A vicious 30-month war was waged against Biafra from multiple fronts
by the Nigerian military junta which deployed a scorched-earth policy
and mass starvation to force the breakaway nation to capitulate on
January 10, 1970.
Since the military defeat of Biafra, there have been many policies
and practices which the Nigerian Federal Government has utilized to
perpetuate the misery of Ndigbo who are the majority inhabitants of
the territory that was Biafra. The ultimate injustice that Ndigbo
endured since the Civil War was manifest in a tacit agreement amongst
their rivals in the North and West to utilize prolonged military dictatorship
to marginalize them for more than 3 decades knowing that Igbos were
purged from the top echelons of the army and government bureaucracy
since the war.
The Biafra Memorial Project (BMP) is not a movement to renew secessionist
threat to the Nigerian nation but rather it is a strong desire to
bring all the outstanding issues that surround Biafra to a satisfactory
resolution so as to enable Ndigbo to resume the leadership role which
they have played in nation building since the colonial era. For Ndigbo,
the BMP is like 'osondu' (a life struggle) because life must continue
for millions of our kith and kin in spite of the cataclysmic experiences
of Biafra. The Biafra Memorial Project is the harbinger that will
herald the dawn of an era of Igbo renaissance.
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the BMP. We invite you to review our publications and frequent this
site because we promise to go the extra mile to satiate your curiosity
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