Will Biafra come in our lifetime is a question that many Biafran youths are asking and yet receiving no assuring answer.
Many responses from different sources have caused people to find it difficult to believe in any.
Will Biafra ever succeed? Honestly, since no one has access to the future, no one can give an exact answer to this question.
Only God knows what’s best for his children. Irrespective of many prophecies about the coming of Biafra, Biafrans are still not sure which of the prophecies carries the right message.
Because we are not God, we cannot say that Biafra will come today or tomorrow.
But because we are humans and also obliged to make futuristic propositions, we can still hold on to the belief that Biafra will come.
So asking the question of whether Biafra will come or will Biafra succeed is a question that only God has an answer for.
When was the Biafra war?
In 1967, Odumegwu Ojukwu, the Biafrans eternal leader announced the independence of the sovereign state of Biafra.
This came after many years of Igbo marginalization. Igbos were marginalized in the same county they were told they were part of.
Ojukwu looked at what the Igbos were suffering and decided to call for the sovereign state of Biafra.
After the failed Aburi Accord, the Nigerian government decided to create 12 states out of the already existing 3 regions (East, North and West) of the republic.
Ojukwu saw this as a way of furthering division among Igbos.
He protested against this especially the massacre of Igbos in the north.
Since the Igbos were no longer welcome in a country they joined in seeing to its emancipation from the evil colonial grip, Ojukwu declared the Federal Republic of Biafra.
This was a republic for the Eastern part of Nigeria.
For three years, Igbos (Biafrans) were a sovereign state. The Nigerian government declared war against the Biafrans and it was a war that lasted for three years.
Unfortunately, the war saw the death of over three million people including the likes of women and children.
The blockage on food supply necessitated the victory the Nigerian government claimed they had in the war.
Did Biafra fight with Nigeria?
In a normal context, it was a war between Nigeria and Biafra.
A deep investigation of the war, one can attest to the fact that it was a war between Biafra and the world superpowers.
Britain and the former Soviet Union which included the likes of Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belorussia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia joined forces with Nigeria to fight Biafrans.
Irrespective of the fact that these European countries joined Nigeria in fighting Biafra, many other African countries joined Nigerian forces to defeat the 3 years old Biafra.
France and Israel recognized the sovereign state of Biafra while Gabon, Tanzania and Ivory Coast from Africa also supported Biafra openly during the war.
It is also on records that France only joined arms with Biafra simply because of the oil from the region.
They agreed to fight side-by-side with Biafra so that at the end of the war, they could have a cut from the country’s oil wealth.
So from all indications, it was a war between Biafra and the world’s strongest power.
Reasons why Biafra will come
Despite the end of the war, no one can strongly agree that the war had ended.
Gowon in his press release said that the war had ended and there shall be “No victor no vanquished”.
But do you know that since 1970 after the war was said to be over, the Igbos have never stopped to suffer different forms of humiliation from other regions of the Nigerian state?.
For more than 50 years after the war, no person from the Southeast has ever been the vice president or president of the said Nigerian republic.
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The marginalization of the Igbos continued and gave room for the coming of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) headed by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike.
Years later, the supporters of Chief Ralph felt disappointed as they believed that their leader entered into a pantry agreement with the Nigerian government to stop the agitation for the coming of Biafra.
Even upon stopping the agitation, Igbos were still marginalized by the Nigerian state.
In 2012, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, formed the group to champion the freedom of Biafra.
In the beginning, people saw him as the second Uwazuruike and did not take him seriously.
People started picking faith in Nnamdi Kanu.
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested by the Nigerian government in 2015 and couldn’t be charged to court after spending one year in detention without trial.
When he was finally brought to court, the court granted him bail on several occasions which the Nigerian security wing in charge of his custody flaunted.
Finally, they released him after many court’s declarations.
While Nnamdi Kanu prepared to return to court in 2017, there was a joint military attack at his home.
Kanu narrowly escaped the deadly attack and was finally seen in Israel a few months later.
The leader of IPOB through Radio Biafra preached about the restoration of this great kingdom of God on earth..
His teachings in the hallowed FM led to too much mental emancipation.
He was indeed a charismatic leader who through his teachings passed his undying love for his Eastern brothers.
Once again, the Nigerian government kidnapped Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya and repatriated him to Nigeria.
Since June 2021, the case of Nnamdi Kanu has become a frequent customer at the federal high court Abuja.
Though in great anticipation, Biafrans and lovers of freedom all over the world look forward to February 16th, 2022.
This day happened special day as it will determine if the judge in charge of Kanu’s case would strike out the case and set Kanu free unconditionally.
The coming of Biafra
From my point of view and if I am allowed to conclude, Biafra is at hand.
For those who think that Biafra cannot succeed, my only word is, “just wait and see”.
No amount of distraction will stop the coming of Biafra. No matter who and who is involved.
Nnamdi Kanu has always said that the restoration of Biafra is a divine mandate and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
Lovers of freedom and all Biafrans are advised beforehand to prepare their jubilating garment for the coming of Biafra is at hand.