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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Throwback photo of Ojukwu as he declared Independence of Biafra on May 30th,1967

As today marks the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Biafra War in Nigeria, this is a throwback photo of the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra, Colonel Odumegwu Emeka Ojukwu popularly known as 'Ikemba' reading a speech as he declared the independence of Biafra on May 30th, 1967.

Following the declaration, in July 1967,  the head of Nigeria’s military government, General Yakubu Gowon declared war and attacked Biafra for 30 months.

After three years of non-stop fighting, in fear of being assassinated, General Odumegwu-Ojukwu in 1970 handed over power to his second in command, Major-General Philip Effiong and traveled to Ivory Coast where he was in exile for 13 years.

In 1982, the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Shehu Aliyu Usman Shagari granted an official pardon to Odumegwu-Ojukwu and opened the road for a triumphant return for him.

He contested as a presidential candidate three times under his party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) but lost. Until his illness, he remained the party leader.

Ojukwu died in a London Hospital in 2011, at the age of  78.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was his worst undoing.

Anonymous said...

You forgot to add that he declared that Biafra is a lost cause and igbos should not try that again.
Oh and remember after all those people died he fled to Ivory Coast.
Before people start dying sef, your Kanu will flee back to England.
Wake up and say NO to this selfish man. Silence would do more harm than good.
Oh and if the ojukwus felt so strongly about the cause, His lovely wife Bianca Ojukwu would never have taken up the political ambassadorial role in the great country Nigeria.

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

NICE ONE






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GALORE said...

I stand with @Biafra

Long live @Ojukwu



Give us our country

Give us @Biafra




@Galore

Anonymous said...

'In fear of been assassinated' yet he mislead thousand of Igbos to their deaths an ran away. He is not a hero but a failure with thousand of innocent bloods on his hands.

Anonymous said...

Which one be "in fear of being assassinated".

What is assassination in a time of war?

Rather, b'cos of the coward that he his, he ran away to Ivory-Coast in fear of being captured as a prisoner of war or being killed. (these are the terms that gel with war situation not assassination)

Linda Ikeji, the Biafra apologist. I carry ynansh for thee oo.

Pls chop my comment as usual.

Anonymous said...

Good one linda...this is the kind of info i like reading...nigerias history...keep it up babe....

Pretty woman friend said...

What a Great man....

Amaka Ubochi said...

Happy remembrance day to all Biafran's all over the world. I love you guys and together we shall surely win

Anonymous said...

my hero RIP

OSINANL said...

GOOD TO SEE

Anonymous said...

Linda today marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Biafran war not the end.

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Good read.. I wish Biafra was in existance though...
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Anonymous said...

murderer, and bloody coward . He left his people to continue the war and ran away . and people call him a hero . may he rot in hell for the 3 million souls of the ibos that he led into a sensless war

Emy said...

Ikemba Nnewi,Eze Igbo Gburugburu.

Anonymous said...

History! I see Sir Louis Mbanefo, the Chief Justice then. I hope we have learnt all our lesson. After all the suffering and deaths, back to square one.

Anonymous said...

Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn
And I dream of what I need (Bonnie Tyler)

Rest well, Ikemba, if all these charlatans we have today were half the man you were, ala-igbo would have been different.

Joshua Awak said...

Hmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Abi oh a good captain never leaves his sinking ship. He stays till the end. Check out Titanic

Anonymous said...

Fact

Anonymous said...

The Ibos are one of the lost Jewish tribes. We the black Jews all over the world are beginning to wake up.

Vivian Reginalds said...

ok
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Hector Patrick said...

Rest on Ikemba Ezeigbo Gburugburu!! Faint hearths will never comprehend!!

Anonymous said...

Na your papa be failure. Hateful biggot. Igbos love Ojukwu for the selfless sacrifice he made.When your father and uncles were bend on joining forces with the alhmajeris unleashing mayhem upon innocent Ibo soldiers and civilians all over the country. Useless yaribas. Your hatred for the ibos will only destroy your generations.

Anonymous said...

Yaribas ranting.you hate ibos but all of you want to marry their daughters in Search of Ibo blood abi! Senseless generation.

Anonymous said...

You guys are desperate to have ibos remain in naijeria but you can't bring your foolish head to terms that them be the real boss. I love their swags and there is nothing the yorubas can do about it.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 9.55, all your generations are already drying in hell fire, you stupid Ibo hater. Ojukwu remains a National hero. Revered by even those that disagreed with him. Maybe your miopic hate blindfolded you from witnessing his largess.Igbohate na disease.

Nkoli Evelyn Nwosu said...

What's ur problem u frustrated animal.why can't leave Kanu alone and face ur own problem. Biafra is not ur problem. Your problem is Nigerian, kindly face ur sick country.

Anonymous said...

all of you saying he left his people and ran away don't understand anything.. he was begged to leave the country by his people

Nkoli Evelyn Nwosu said...

I think your problem here is Ur sick country nigeria not Biafra land or The Leader. The poverty that has eaten up is giving u mental problem. Allow people to follow their believe

Anonymous said...

Up Biafra! Up Ojukwu! Up Nnamdi Kanu. Biafra is a successful cause. We are doing it again. We have a goal, we will succeed. Nay sayers can keep running their mouths on social media. Talk is free, but Biafra must stand. I stand with Biafra, I stand with Nnamdi Kanu. I am a true Igbo born.

Anonymous said...

He had to go on exile. every rebel leader that loses a war, goes through that. The Igbos begged him to go on exile because they need him alive. He who fights and runs, lives to fight another day. That's why we are doing it again. Long live Biafra! Long live Ojukwu! Long live Nnamdi Kanu! Biafra must stand.

Juwency said...

God help us cos if biafra war starts again, its only the poor that will suffer it cos the rich Will overnight fly their families to london, usa etc.

Anonymous said...

He who fights and runs, lives to fight another day.
That's why we are doing it again.
Long live Biafra! Long live Nnamdi Kanu! Long live Ojukwu.
I stand with Biafra, I stand with Nnamdi Kanu. Yoruba can continue to kiss Hausa/Fulani's ass. They are using Yoruba's head to play ludo. They've used and dumped Tinubu, they'll keep doing it to them till they learn. Biafra is not to be used. We are on a cause, we have a goal, we will achieve our goal.

Anonymous said...

We begged him to go on exile. He was a fearless man who led his people to fight for their heritage not minding that the whole nation was fighting them. He used his father's money. He does not kiss Hausa ass like some tribes do. The Igbos begged him to leave alive because he who fights and runs, lives to fight another day. That's why we are doing it again. Long live Biafra! I stand with Biafra!

Anonymous said...

Please pack and go oh. No one is begging these people to stay now!

Anonymous said...

He had to go ke, a captain never abandons a sinking ship. Didn't you know that?

Anonymous said...

Leave them oh, it is better they go. People that can't stand each other. Imo and anambra people hate each other and can't marry each other... If peace would reign let them vibist they all have to leave every other part of Nigeria.... Lagos, Abuja, port harcourt, Kano, Kaduna, Oyo, everywhere...

Anonymous said...

Gbam for your comments. Long live the Ikemba Nnewi. You used your father's money to fight for the freedom of your people. You tried, but it was not easy for the whole country to fight you alone. We begged you to leave and go on exile because he who fights and runs, lives to fight another day. You showed your resilience as a man, yes the war set us back and the other tribe prefer to kiss the ass of Hausa so that they can pick the crumbs from the table. But as people of extra ordinary stregth, we rose again after the war, started afresh, multiplied and replenished the human losses, material losses and financial losses. Come to any village in the east, we have the best structures. We have commerce going for us. We have education and educated human resources, we have petroleum resources in Imo state and Abia state. All over the world, we have our people doing great in the fields of education, commerce and industries. We are excelling in technology also,our very own Aba is the Japan of Africa. We are excelling in every of our endeavours after the set backs from war. From self efforts and lack of government helps, we have the most beautiful and most developed villages and towns in Nigeria. Chukwuemeka the son of Odumegwu Ojukwu, you are the ike eji eje mba ndigbo. Ichie gburu gburu. Eze Igbo nine. Oke mmiri neri ogwe. Okwu oto ekele eze. You may have gone, but your legacies live on. Rest on brave one.

Anonymous said...

Gbam for your comments. Long live the Ikemba Nnewi. You used your father's money to fight for the freedom of your people. You tried, but it was not easy for the whole country to fight you alone. We begged you to leave and go on exile because he who fights and runs, lives to fight another day. You showed your resilience as a man, yes the war set us back and the other tribe prefer to kiss the ass of Hausa so that they can pick the crumbs from the table. But as people of extra ordinary stregth, we rose again after the war, started afresh, multiplied and replenished the human losses, material losses and financial losses. Come to any village in the east, we have the best structures. We have commerce going for us. We have education and educated human resources, we have petroleum resources in Imo state and Abia state. All over the world, we have our people doing great in the fields of education, commerce and industries. We are excelling in technology also,our very own Aba is the Japan of Africa. We are excelling in every of our endeavours after the set backs from war. From self efforts and lack of government helps, we have the most beautiful and most developed villages and towns in Nigeria. Chukwuemeka the son of Odumegwu Ojukwu, you are the ike eji eje mba ndigbo. Ichie gburu gburu. Eze Igbo nine. Oke mmiri neri ogwe. Okwu oto ekele eze. You may have gone, but your legacies live on. Rest on brave one.

Anonymous said...

Then why are you pained that we are leaving? Stay with Hausa and be used and dumped.

Anonymous said...

We begged him to go pleaseee. He came back alive and we celebrated him. Long live Ojukwu's legacies, long live biafra.

Anonymous said...

Mechionu gi ososo. My mother is Anambra, my father is Imo. Keep consoling yourselves, we are having our own nation. We know you guys feel so bad about us leaving, but don't worry, don't miss us so much. We'll still come to visit, you know we're travellers, we'll be coming around. Never knew you guys will miss us this much till now.

Anonymous said...

It quite funny that most of the people shouting Biafra are living and doing business in Lagos. Me don't think Nigeria or Biafra is the problem. I just think individual difference is our problem. A land does not change it all, make your earth a better place cause you will not live for ever. Make the one you have a better place before you start looking for another, go back to your villages and improve them. Turn your city to a power mine is the best solution, not Biafra or even the Nigerian government.

Anonymous said...

No need to come round. So glad to be rid of your lot

Anonymous said...

You don't act like you're glad to be rid of us. You've been throwing tantrums because we're leaving. Well Igbos are beautiful people, so you'll miss our good looks Sorry.

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