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Congressional Research Service [153] Portugal also sent weapons. The Emir says what Nigeria is experiencing now is worse than civil war. [38], It seems that Gowon immediately faced not only a potential standoff with the East, but secession threats from the Northern and even the Western region. CFR Council Special Report ... British first laid claim to what is now Nigeria in 1885. & International Institutions, Europe Read about Nigeria’s ongoing battle with insurgent group Boko Haram and keep track of the latest developments using the Global Conflict Tracker from the Council on Foreign Relations. December 19, 2018, Boko Haram’s Ultra-Extremist Side Resurfaces: From the Execution of Mamman Nur to Humanitarian Workers, Jacob Zenn [124] Barua wrote that Ojukwu's leadership, especially his frequent executions of his own officers had a "disastrous impact" on the morale of the Biafran officer corps. [166], One explanation for Soviet sympathy with the Federal Military Government was a shared opposition to internal secessionist movements. FILE - Nigerian military prepare to cordon an area around Maiduguri, Nigeria, Feb. 16, 2019. Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. July 17, 2019, Lauren Ploch Blanchard and Tomas F. Husted 175–176. [108] Nigerian soldiers under Murtala Mohammed carried out a mass killing of 700 civilians when they captured Asaba on the River Niger. 34, through which the federation was abolished and replaced with a unitary system. "Instead, many Northerners were alarmed that the military era would lead to an Igbo domination, especially when on May 24, 1966, the government issued Unification Decree No. The strike included people from all ethnic groups. The pre-1966 tax-sharing agreements on mineral wealth were changed to okay favour the Federal government at the expense of the state. May 16, 2019, Stabilizing Northeast Nigeria After Boko Haram, Saskia Brechenmacher February 3, 2016, Matthew T. Page [38] Biafra represented nationalist aspirations of the Igbo people, whose leadership felt they could no longer coexist with the Northern-dominated federal government. No real deployed U.S. serviceman will ever ask for money. Even now, the officers of the civil war continue to rule the country. December 19, 2018, Doing Business in Nigeria's Northeast, the Land of Boko Haram, John Campbell These transactions were arranged through the "Biafran Historical Research Centre" in Paris. In particular, it resulted in a massive spending increase through state funds and public donations, leading to the growth and proliferation of NGOs. [170], The Eastern Region began seeking assistance from Israel in September 1966. Nigeria’s citizens in the north east must be informed to evacuate. Levey, "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra civil war" (2014), p. 280. Shell-BP promptly complied. June 21, 2019. However, according to one rabbi, who said he was close to the family, the student believed that "no one was listening." The blockade prevented imports, and local protein supplies were quickly depleted: "The national diet was now almost 100% starch. CFR The Fight Against Nigeria's Northeast Terrorism is Also a Battle Against Climate Change, Alicia Prager and Simpa Samson The Struggle for Secession, 1966–1970: A Personal Account of the Nigerian Civil War. These doctors, led by Kouchner, concluded that a new aid organisation was needed that would ignore political/religious boundaries and prioritise the welfare of victims. A chief function of this political system in this context was to maintain conservative values, which caused many Hausa-Fulani to view economic and social innovation as subversive or sacrilegious. Military killed: 45,000[30]–100,000[33][34] killed, 2 million Biafran civilians perished from famine during the Nigerian naval blockade[35]. He then abolished the regional confederated form of government and pursued unitary like policies favoured by the NCNC, having apparently been influenced by some NCNC political philosophy. On 9 September 1968, United States presidential candidate Richard Nixon stated: Until now, efforts to relieve the Biafra people have been thwarted by the desire of central government of Nigeria to pursue total and unconditional victory and by the fear of the Ibo people that surrender means wholesale atrocities and genocide. To Northerners this meant nothing but Igbo domination, facing the prospect of being occupied and ruled by Southern military and civil servants and lacking the safeguard of being involved in the government according to ethnic group divisions.". Britain subsequently decided to back Nigeria, partly because it was advised that, in the event of war, the odds were 'slightly in favour of the Federal Military Government'. “I think we are not only at war, we are all in a war zone. 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"[138], Shell-BP took this advice. With reason. [169], Israel did not begin arms sales to Nigeria until after Aguyi-Ironsi came to power on 17 January 1966. Governments of the global south were particularly hesitant. The coup, also referred to as "The Coup of the Five Majors", has been described in some quarters as Nigeria's only revolutionary coup. Each government was entitled to collect royalties from resources extracted within its area. April 4, 2018, Nigeria's Troubling Counterinsurgency Strategy Against Boko Haram, Vanda Felbab-Brown Covertly, Mossad provided Biafra with $100,000 (through Zurich) and attempted an arms shipment. [132][133], Britain had planned to maintain and expand its supply of cheap high-quality oil from Nigeria. Christian Science Monitor [134] Initially, when it was unclear which side would prevail, Britain took a "wait and see" approach before deciding decisively for Nigeria. [citation needed], When this happened, Ojukwu regarded it as both a failure by Gowon to keep to the spirit of the Aburi agreement and lack of integrity on the side of the Nigerian Military Government in the negotiations toward a united Nigeria. 114–115. [184], The September massacres and subsequent Igbo withdrawal from northern Nigeria was the basis for the initial human rights petition to the UN to end genocide and provided a historical link to Biafran claims of genocide during the Nigerian civil war. [79] The Nigerian Army did not conduct field training, and notably lacked heavy weapons. ", Griffin, "French military policy in the Nigerian Civil War" (2015), p. 124. Wall Street Journal November 2014, Security Council Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks, Other Violations in Lake Chad Basin Region, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2349, Boko Haram Still Threatens Civilians in Lake Chad Basin, United Nations Griffin, "French military policy in the Nigerian Civil War" (2015), pp. By contrast the richest of the Igbo often sent their sons to British universities, thinking to prepare them to work with the British. Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, "The Achebean Restoration", GS Student immolates self in front of U.N. Building, Columbia Daily Spectator, Volume CXIII, Number 118, 3 June 1969, Student immolates self in front of U.N. Building, Columbia Daily Spectator, Volume CXIII, Number 118, 3 June 1969. In 1963, the Western Region was further split into two. Campus. [135] Nigeria had a navy of only 6 vessels, the largest of which was a frigate; an air force of 76 planes, none of which were fighters or bombers; and an army of 7,000 men with no tanks and a shortage of officers with command experience. Foccart says de Gaulle's decision to send military assistance to Biafra was made on 27 September 1967, when the General met personally with Houphouët-Boigny, who was Biafra's most important African ally throughout the war. Population pressure in the Igbo homeland, combined with aspirations for monetary wages, drove thousands of Igbos to other parts of Nigeria in search of work. The leadership of Biafra wrote to Shell-BP demanding royalties for the oil that was being explored in their region. Jacob Zenn He was a Northerner, a Christian, from a minority tribe, and had a good reputation within the army. "Further elevating the genocide reproaches, the eastern (later the Biafran) leadership frequently made comparisons to the Holocaust to draw attention to their cause. April 12, 2018, Four Years After the Chibok Kidnapping Boko Haram Still a Threat, Stephanie Findlay August 17, 2016, Explaining Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its violent insurgency, Mike Smith CFR Blog, "Africa in Transition" Roy Doron, "Marketing genocide: Biafran propaganda strategies during the Nigerian civil war, 1967–70". The Federal Government would be much better placed both internationally and internally. Londres: Afrimedia International, 1969, pp. August 12, 2016, Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism In Nigeria – Analysis, Insight on Conflict [67] The new constitution of 1946 also proclaimed that "The entire property in and control of all mineral oils, in, under, or upon any lands, in Nigeria, and of all rivers, streams, and watercourses throughout Nigeria, is and shall be vested in, the Crown. Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933-2011) from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970. This, however, has led to a feeling of an injustice as the Nigerian government policies were seen as further economically disabling the Igbos even long after the war. Soviet media outlets initially accused the British of cynically supporting the Biafran secession, then had to adjust these claims later when it turned out that Britain was, in fact, supporting the Federal Government. [112] Social status in the Army was extremely important and officers devoted an excessive amount of time to ensure their uniforms were always immaculate while there was a competition to own the most expensive automobiles and homes. As part of a wider 'NGO moment', it focused public and official attention on the role of non-state actors and accelerated the emergency of an internationalised, professionalised aid industry that took centre stage in the mid 1980s. It prompted the creation of new agencies, like Africa Concern, and thrust existing ones, like Oxfam, into a spotlight they have left only rarely since. [93] The counter-coup plotters had considered using the opportunity to withdraw from the federation themselves. Both sides relied heavily on external support. "Robert, in a surprising admission, stated that it was the SDECE that instructed the media to use the term 'genocide' in 1968. Its facilities had been damaged and needed repair. Biafra proved unable to compete on this economic level. With love. [79] Before 1948, the British did not allow Nigerians to be awarded officers' commissions, and only in 1948 were certain promising Nigerian recruits allowed to attend Sandhurst for officer training while at the same time Nigerian NCOs were allowed to be promote up to be officers if they completed a course in officer training at Mons Hall or Eaton Hall in England. February 25, 2019, John Campbell [38], The basis of modern Nigeria formed in 1914, when Britain amalgamated the Northern and Southern protectorates. This agreement has, in the 1980s, been modified to further favour the Federal government. CFR Blog, "Africa in Transition" Uche, "Oil, British Interests and the Nigerian Civil War" (2008), pp. "De Gaulle made the decision to begin regular French arms shipments to Biafra on 17 or 18 October 1967. The Nigerian government also made it clear to Shell-BP that it expected the company to pay all outstanding oil royalty immediately. [55] By 1966, the ethnic and religious differences between Northerners and the Igbo had combined with additional stratification by virtue of education and economic class. [209] Mayrock's rabbi described him as a sensitive and idealistic young man who was deeply troubled by the allegation of genocide against the Igbos and who after writing to President Nixon and getting no response, decided to take his own life to spur the conscience of the world. This effectively excised the main oil-producing areas from the core Ibo state (East Central State). New York Times Now the Igbos, concentrated in the East Central State, would lose control over most of the petroleum, located in the other two areas. Their advantages included fighting in their homeland, support of most Easterners, determination, and use of limited resources. President Muhammadu Buhari, the former military dictator who defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, was elected in 2015 on a counterterrorism platform, but economic and political challenges in Nigeria have complicated the fight against Boko Haram. It was not until May 1968, when Nigerian marines captured Port Harcourt, that it was adjudged safe by Shell-BP to send an advance team to both Bonny and Port Harcourt to assess the state of their production facilities. Eventually, they did win wage increases. [224] However, actions by Biafra authorities suggesting they favored the Igbo majority turned these attitudes negative. On 19 May 1968 Portharcourt was captured. Furthermore, silting of the approaches to the Bonny terminal during the early parts of the war reduced its unit tanker capacity from 70,000 tons to about 40,000 tons. Levey, "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra civil war" (2014), p. 266. February 8, 2019, Grim Outlook for Violence Around Elections in Nigeria, John Campbell A woman walks toward a house damaged by Boko Haram militants, along the Konduga-Bama road in Bama, Borno, Nigeria on August 31, 2016. Political cartoons were a preferred medium for publicising simple interpretations of the war. [173] In August 1968, the Israeli Air Force overtly sent twelve tons of food aid to a nearby site outside of Nigerian (Biafran) air space. He was warned by his advisers that this reflected a failure of Gowon to understand the difference and, that being the case, predicted that it would be reneged upon. "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra civil war, 1967–70". Pierri, "A New Entry into the World Oil Market" (2013), pp. At the launch of the JBFA in June 1968, one speaker reminded the assembled that Ireland and Nigeria were united in their knowledge of 'the horror of famine and civil war'. Estimated number of displaced people in the Lake Chad Basin. Quartz Africa He responded by expelling thousands of non-easterners from the Eastern Region. 116– 117. 264–265. [84], On 15 January 1966, Major Chukuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and major Emmanuel Ifeajuna and other junior Army officers (mostly majors and captains) attempted a coup d'état. O'Sullivan, "Humanitarian Encounters" (2014), p. 302. Igbos who ran for their lives during the pogroms and war returned to find their positions had been taken over; and when the war was over the government did not feel any need to re-instate them, preferring to regard them as having resigned. [208][209][210][211] He died of his injuries the following day. [221], Ethnic minorities (Ibibio, Ijaw, Ikwerre, Ogoni and others) made up approximately 40% of the Biafran population in 1966. [213], In May 1969 a company of Biafran commandos raided an oil field in Kwale and killed 11 Saipem workers and Agip technicians. The weapons would not be sent directly to Ojukwu, but would go through Houphouët-Boigny, so that it looked like France was replenishing the Ivory Coast's stocks as stipulated in the normal bilateral military assistance agreements. January 17, 2017, Hilary Matfess Apart from Ifeajuna who fled the country after the collapse of their coup, the other two January Majors, and the rest of the military officers involved in the revolt, later surrendered to the loyalist High Command and were subsequently detained as a federal investigation of the event began. Thousands of people starved to death every day as the war progressed. CFR Backgrounder, Jacob Zenn March 21, 2016, Borno Governor Launches State-Level Initiatives to Fight Boko Haram, John Campbell However the change did not take into consideration the differences in the culture and religions of the peoples in each area. [citation needed], The Nigerian Army in 1967 was completely unready for war. ", CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of November 2020 (, Uche, "Oil, British Interests and the Nigerian Civil War" (2008), p. 132. Levey, "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra Civil War" (2014), pp. The secessionist state was turned into a landlocked enclave. Eurasia, Middle Free subscription Get the hottest stories from the largest news site in Nigeria. [50] With their emphasis upon social achievement and political participation, the Igbo adapted to and challenged colonial rule in innovative ways. Firstly, the AG favored a loose confederacy of regions in the emergent Nigerian nation whereby each region would be in total control of its own distinct territory. Page 204. Military government continued in power in Nigeria for many years, and people in the oil-producing areas claimed they were being denied a fair share of oil revenues. [48], In contrast to the Hausa-Fulani, the Igbos and other Biafrans often participated directly in the decisions which affected their lives. [80] At the time of independence in 1960, of the 257 officers commanding the Nigeria Regiment which became the Nigerian Army, only 57 were Nigerians. Cite error: The named reference "blackpast" was defined multiple times with different content (see the, Griffin, "French military policy in the Nigerian Civil War" (2015), p. 122. 12 June – Save Biafra media campaign begins in Britain with documentary on. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived. online: Routledge. In June 2018, the Nigerian Army announced that two thousand internally displaced people were to return home. With increased British support, the Nigerian federal forces launched their final offensive against the Biafrans once again on 23 December 1969, with a major thrust by the 3rd Marine Commando Division. On 26 September, the Biafran capital, Enugu, was shelled for the first time by Federal Nigerian forces. The division was commanded by Col. Olusegun Obasanjo (who later became president twice), which succeeded in splitting the Biafran enclave into two by the end of the year. Two-fifths of all Nigerian oil ended up in Britain. "The Biafran humanitarian crisis holds a critical place in the history of non-government organisations (NGOs). The first prime minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, was a northerner and co-founder of the Northern People's Congress. ", Uche, "Oil, British Interests and the Nigerian Civil War" (2008), p. 132. Page 213. Griffin, "French military policy in the Nigerian Civil War" (2015), p. 124. Thirty tons of mortar rounds were delivered in April. Apart from direct arms supplies, it provided military intelligence to the Nigerian government and may have helped it to access sophisticated arms and mercenaries through third parties. Gowon was chosen as a compromise candidate. After counting the disemboweled bodies along the Makurdi road I was escorted back to the city by soldiers who apologised for the stench and explained politely that they were doing me and the world a great favor by eliminating Igbos. "In reality, however, the British government supplied many more arms than it was publicly prepared to admit. Levey, "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra civil war" (2014), pp. May 3, 2018, Competing Ideologies at Play in Boko Haram’s Return of Dapchi Girls, Jacob Zenn This effectively separated the core Yoruba group from the minorities. Pierri, "A New Entry into the World Oil Market" (2013), pp. In May 1969, Biafran commandos recaptured oil wells in Kwale. At the time of independence in 1960, the North was by far the most underdeveloped area in Nigeria. Institute for Security Studies Task Force Program, About Re: Nigeria Now At War, We Can’t Even Farm Anymore, Fasoranti Reacts To Daughter’s by Nobody: 8:36pm On Jul 14, 2019 So this is the idiot leading the yoruba nation? "Now Boko Haram are attacking everywhere because they are strong – even stronger than the soldiers," he said. [178], Biafra appealed unsuccessfully for support from the Organisation of African Unity, however the member states generally did not want to support internal secessionist movements,[179] although they received the support of African countries such as Tanzania, Zambia, Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire. Heerten & Moses, "The Nigeria–Biafra War" (2014), pp. Biafra was more or less wiped off the map until its resurrection by the contemporary Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra. Within each of the three regions the dominant ethnic groups, the Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba, and Igbo, respectively formed political parties that were largely regional and based on ethnic allegiances: the Northern People's Congress (NPC) in the North; the Action Group in the West (AG); and the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) in the East. "Furthermore, once the war broke out and the British government decided to back the Nigerian side, the BBC swiftly shifted its reporting on the conflict, in Nigeria's favour. [...] The French government's next step after the 31 July statement was to launch a major campaign to gain public funding for humanitarian operations in Biafra. BBC News [104] The blockade, which most foreign actors accepted, played a decisive role in putting Biafra at a disadvantage from the beginning of the war. ", Griffin, "French military policy in the Nigerian Civil War" (2015), Griffin, "French military policy in the Nigerian Civil War" (2015), pp. This decree carved the Eastern Region in three parts: South Eastern State, Rivers State, and East Central State. The Eastern Region was split into three states: South Eastern State, Rivers State and East Central State. Uche, "Oil, British Interests and the Nigerian Civil War" (2008), pp. April 4, 2019, ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success, Philip Obaji Jr. 4. [130], It has been argued that the Biafran war was a genocide, for which no perpetrators have been held accountable. [108], Biafran propaganda always blamed military defeats on "saboteurs" within the ranks of the Biafran officer, and both officers and the other ranks were encouraged to denounce suspected "saboteurs". "Despite the return of Gray, and the interest of Shell-BP and the British government in getting the oil machines pumping again, the state of war and its attendant hazards ensured that this could not happen immediately. [81] As a result by 1958, men from northern Nigeria made up 62% of the Nigeria Regiment while men from the south and the west made up only 36%. August 6, 2019, A Shia “Boko Haram” Insurgency or Iranian Proxy in Nigeria? [51][52], In the West, the missionaries rapidly introduced Western forms of education. ", Uche, "Oil, British Interests and the Nigerian Civil War" (2008), pp. The kidnapping of over two hundred girls from their school in April 2014 drew international attention to the ongoing threat from Boko Haram and the government’s inability to contain it. [189][citation needed], After entering the country, the volunteers, in addition to Biafran health workers and hospitals, were subjected to attacks by the Nigerian army, and witnessed civilians being murdered and starved by the blockading forces. CFR Blog, "Africa in Transition" With Southern Nigeria virtually split into two, the North, which was now by far the largest region, had the upper hand. [175] A major goal of Israeli diplomacy was to wean the African states away from the Arab states, and given the way that the majority of African nations supported Nigeria, Israel was loath to antagonise them by supporting Biafra too overtly. "[...] there was a tendency for British officials to build social barriers between themselves and Westernised Nigerians which, on the one hand, gave strength to nationalistic paroxysms. Their intention was to dismantle the Northern-dominated power structure but their efforts to take power was unsuccessful. 116–117. Amidst this press blitz, on 31 July 1968, De Gaulle made an official statement in support of Biafra. Also murdered was Sir Ahmadu Bello's wife and officers of Northern extraction. Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu became military governor of the Eastern Region at this time. April 2, 2019, Making Peace With Enemies: Nigeria's Reintegration of Boko Haram Fighters, Bulama Bukarti [71] Retired Brigadier General H. M. Njoku later wrote that the general strike heavily exacerbated tensions between the Army and ordinary civilians, and put pressure on the Army to take action against a government which was widely perceived as corrupt. 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