Further feelings of injustice were caused by Nigeria, during the war, changing its currency so that Biafran supplies of pre-war Nigerian currency were no longer honored and then, at the end of the war, offering only N£20 to easterners on exchange of their Biafran currency. The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War, 6 July 1967 – 15 January 1970, was an ethnic and political conflict caused by the attempted secession of the southeastern provinces of … âEven the bravest troops canât fight when theyâre dying of starvation. Col Benjamin Adekunle is seen here with left hand on the artillery gun. Ndi-Igbo would have learnt again to fly, if the Biafra pounds was reasonably exchanged with the Nigeria’s currency and, were allowed to withdraw from their savings in the Nigerian Banks before the war. The war began on 6 July 1967 when Nigerian Federal troops advanced in two columns into Biafra. He was a Northerner, a Christian, from a minority tribe, and had a good reputation within the army. The division was led mostly by northern officers. Biafra surrendered on January 13, 1970. This further fueled Igbo fears that the northerners had plans to strip eastern oil to benefit the North. The Igbo in the southeast, in contrast to the two other groups, lived in some six hundred autonomous, democratically-organized villages. Two-thirds of those who perished were children. The war cost Nigeria a great deal in terms of lives, money, and its image in the world. Four years later, Kristine Holderied became ...read more, In Nazi-occupied Holland, 13-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family are forced to take refuge in a secret sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! The roots of Nigeriaâs civil war can be traced to colonial rule, when the British forced three very distinct peoples, each living in their own regionâthe predominantly Muslim Hausa-Fulani in the North, the Yoruba in the Southwest, and the Igbo in the Southeastâto integrate into a state that encouraged regional and ethnic competition. In a sense, you can say that the British were the cause of the Biafran Civil War which happened in Nigeria from 1967 to 1970. The Nigerian civil war is commonly referred to as the Biafran War. More common was the claim that the arms-carrying aircraft would closely shadow aid aircraft, making it more difficult to distinguish between aid aircraft and military supply aircraft. But the Nigerians were repulsed three times and lost thousands of troops as they tried to cross the Niger during October. Nigeria's army offensive was through the north of Biafra led by Col. Shuwa and designated as 1 division. This, however, has led to a feeling of an injustice. The Biafrans continued to resist in their core Igbo heartlands, which were soon surrounded by Nigerian forces. Sign up now to learn about This Day in History straight from your inbox. On July 6, 1933, Major League Baseball’s first All-Star Game took place at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. After diplomatic efforts by Nigeria failed to reunite the country, war between Nigeria and Biafra broke out in July 1967. An Other agencies were founded by people who worked in the Biafra relief program, such as INTERTECT. But another Nigerian offensive from April to June 1968 began to close the ring around the Biafrans with further advances on the two northern fronts and the capture of Port Harcourt on May 19, 1968.  On July 29, 1966, the Northerners executed a counter-coup. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/civil-war-in-nigeria. The capital is Abuja. Its territory consisted of the Eastern Region of Nigeria.. Biafra's declaration of independence from Nigeria resulted in civil war between Biafra and Nigeria. The discovery of vast oil reserves in the Niger River delta, a sprawling network of rivers and swamps at the southernmost tip of the country, had tempted the southeast to annex the region in order to become economically self-sufficient. This coup was led by Lt. Col. Murtala Mohammed. The state lost its oil fields–its main source of revenue–and without the funds to import food, an estimated one million of its civilians died as a result of severe malnutrition. On July 6, 1946, George Walker Bush, the son of future President George Herbert Walker Bush, is born in New Haven, Connecticut. Several peace accords especially the one produced at Aburi, Ghana (the Aburi Accord) collapsed and a shooting war followed. During the war, there were 100,000 military casualties and between 500,000 and two million civilians' deaths from starvation. 17, no. Ojukwu managed at Aburi to get agreement to a confederation for Nigeria, rather than a federation. Disaster fatigue: As calamities mount, U.S. donors give less, question where aid goes. 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 tribal in character: the Northern People’s Congress (NPC) in the North; the Action Group in the West (AG): and the National Conference of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) in the East. They also wanted an independent Nigeria to be organized into several small states so that the conservative and backward North could not dominate the country. The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Nigerian-Biafran War, was a three-year bloody conflict with a death toll numbering more than one million people. At the same time no peace process can accomplish its preferred objectives without the active accommodation of the war economy in its core postwar plans. The role of humanitarian, civil or advocacy groups, international organizations and conflict resolution, the impact of the Cold War, and resources control (oil) in shaping the w and outcomes of the war are examined. The effects of the Nigeria civil war can still be felt everywhere in the country at varying degrees. On January 11, 1970, Nigerian forces captured the provincial capital of Owerri, one of the last Biafran strongholds, and Ojukwu was forced to flee to the Ivory Coast. Bush was nicknamed “Dubya” for his middle ...read more, Writing under the name of Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens begins publishing news stories in the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. Just as it did in the War of 1812, the Army used the Civil War as an occasion to push farther into Indian lands. Biafran soldiers at the frontline during the Nigerian Civil War. Nigeria also used 'mercenaries', in the form of Egyptian pilots for their air force MiG 17 fighters and Il 28 bombers. INTERDECT - the International Disaster Specialists. The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara has been carrying out sophisticated attacks in … The war broke out in May 1967 â¦ Civil war, ethnic tensions, and broken promises: The ongoing power struggle between Ethiopian government forces and Tigrayan leaders has deep … Nigerian Civil War Petroleum politics Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Warri Crisis References Further reading Obi, Cyril and Siri Aas Rustad (2011). In 1960, Nigeria gained independence from Britain. Gibson was born on August 25, 1927, in Silver, South Carolina, and raised in the ...read more. Nigeria's army offensive was through the north of Biafra led by Col. Shuwa and designated as 1 division. Prior to the discovery of oil, Nigeria's wealth derived from agricultural products from the south, and minerals from the north. No war or violent conflict subsists without a war economy behind it. The Biafran attack was led by Lt. Col. Asaba is predominantly occupied by the Igbos but was never part of Biafra. Ironsi then instituted military rule, alleging that the democratic institutions had failed and that, while he was defending them, they clearly needed revision and clean-up before reversion back to democratic rule. The military governor of the Igbo-dominated southeast, Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu, citing the northern massacres and electoral fraud, proclaimed with the southern parliament the secession of the south-eastern region from Nigeria as the Republic of Biafra, an independent nation on May 30, 1967. The entire Niger Delta became a major war front as the Nigerian Army fought and pushed Biafran Only a few days earlier, Ojukwu fled into exile by flying by plane to the republic of Côte d'Ivoire, leaving his deputy Philip Effiong to handle the details of the surrender to Yakubu Gowon of the federal army. Chillingly, the view that people deserve to lie in the graves they dig for themselves influences some policymakers, while donor- and disaster-fatigue makes others wary of giving as generously when they think that the wound being treated is somehow self-inflicted.. Gowon, Yakuba, Efiong and Philip, University of Ibadan. "The authorities," he continued, "were desperate to avoid a repetition of the ethnic tensions which preceded the war." The Biafran air attacks did disrupt the combat operations of the Nigerian Air Force, but only for a few months. They created Médecins Sans Frontières in 1971 (Doctors Without Borders).. The Hausa-Fulani commoners, having contact with the political system only through their village head who was designated by the Emir or one of his subordinates, did not view political leaders as amenable to influence. Himself pardoned in the mid-1980s, he remained concerned that since the war, "Ibos have been largely excluded from power," which "could cause instability in the future".. At this stage of the war, other regions of Nigeria (the West and Mid-West) still considered the war as a confrontation between the north (notable Hausas) and the east (notable Igbos). One of the chief functions of the traditional political system was to maintain the Islamic religion. The Nigerian government launched a "police action" to retake the secessionist territory. With the help of other French doctors, Kouchner put Biafra in the media spotlight and called for an international response to the situation. However, the exclusion of easterners from power made many fear that the oil revenues would be used to benefit areas in the north and west rather than their own. 30 S. Panter-Brick, ‘From military coup to civil war: January 1966 to May 1967’, in S. Panter-Brick (ed. Hostility to economic and social innovation was therefore deeply rooted. Recognizing the tensions inherent in the system, the British worked with Nigerian leaders to creaâ¦ The right-hand Nigerian column advanced on the town of Nsukka which fell on July 14, while the left-hand column made for Garkem, which was captured on July â¦ The Nigerian civil war and the invasion of Czechoslovakia / S. E. Orobator In: African Affairs: (1983), vol. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'newworldencyclopedia_org-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_3',167,'0','0']));eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'newworldencyclopedia_org-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_4',167,'0','1']));eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'newworldencyclopedia_org-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_5',167,'0','2'])); The Nigerian government also claimed that the Biafran government was hiring foreign mercenaries to extend the war. eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'newworldencyclopedia_org-medrectangle-4','ezslot_1',162,'0','0'])); The semi-feudal and Islamic Hausa-Fulani in the North were traditionally ruled by an autocratic, conservative Islamic hierarchy consisting of some 30-odd Emirs who, in turn, owed their allegiance to a supreme Sultan. To simplify matters, these can be referred to as the Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo-based; or Northern, Western and Eastern parties. where the elder Bush worked in the oil industry. The blockade of the surrounded Biafrans led to a humanitarian disaster when it emerged that there was widespread civilian hunger and starvation in the besieged Igbo areas. More than fifty years ago, Great Britain carved an area out of West Africa containing hundreds of different groups and unified it, calling it Nigeria. 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. Gowon was chosen as a compromise candidate. Women doing laundry on the banks of the Niger River in Niamey, Niger, in 2018. The British political ideology of dividing Nigeria during the colonial period into three regions North, West and East exacerbated the already well-developed economic, political, and social competition among Nigeria’s different ethnic groups. Nigerian Civil War starts in 1967; 1975 Nigerian coup d'état (1975) Military government. Four battalions of the Nigerian 2nd Infantry Division were needed to drive the Biafrans back and eliminate their territorial gains made during the offensive. Ethnic and political unrest continued throughout the 1990s despite the return to democracy and the election of the Obasanjo government in 1999. Kouchner and the other French doctors signed this agreement. Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. While ethnically Igbo, Asaba was not part of the Igbo-dominated The Yoruba monarchs, however, were less autocratic than those in the North, and the political and social system of the Yoruba accordingly allowed for greater upward mobility based on acquired rather than inherited wealth and title. General Yakubu Gowon (retd) declared Vanguard News A … As the media takes news more and more speedily around the globe, awareness of the oneness of the human family has developed. The Department provided its justification for the sale of eight C-97G aircraft to Joint Church Aid U.S.A., Inc. (JCA) and ICRC and included a statement that U.S. Government policy remained "one Nigeria" with relief supplied to both sides in the conflict. Commemorating the international relief effort. REJOINDER NIGERIA CIVIL WAR (1967 – 1970) NIGER BRIDGE TRAGEDY GENERAL MURTALA NOT TO BE BLAMED ALONE By THEWILL - October 8, 2013 I commend the time/painstaking by Brig. A view of blunders in the Nigerian strategy. Igbo and Yoruba leaders, anxious to obtain an independent country at all cost accepted the Northern demands. 327, p. 201-214. HISTORY reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it is complete and accurate. Although the area contained many different groups, three were predominant: the Igbo, which formed between 60-70 percent of the population in the southeast, the Hausa-Fulani, which formed about 65 percent of the peoples in the northern part of the territory; and, the Yoruba, which formed about 75 percent of the population in the southwestern part. The civil war was fought over the secession of Biafra (the predominantly-Igbo, former Eastern Region of Nigeria). After facing unexpectedly fierce resistance and high casualties, the right-hand Nigerian column advanced on the town of Nsukka which â¦ In a national broadcast, he said that the decision was based on the principle that "justice must at all times be tempered with mercy. The Republic of Biafra had a different currency from that of Nigeria â the Biafran â¦ The war finally ended with the final surrender of the Biafran forces in the last Biafra-held town of Amichi on January 13, 1970. Niger is at the heart of international counter-terrorism strategies for the region. The West enjoyed a much higher literacy level being the first part of the country to have contact with Western education in addition to the free primary education program of the pre-independence Western Regional Government. Purpose of the war was to â¦ In the South, the missionaries rapidly introduced Western forms of education. A Nigerian commission, including British doctors from the Liverpool University School of Tropical Medicine, visited Biafra after the war and concluded that the evidence of deliberate starvation was overplayed, caused by confusion between the symptoms of starvation and various tropical illnesses. The north, up until around 1965, had had low-level demands to secede from Nigeria and retain its wealth for northerners. Gen. Gowon responded by asking then Col. Muritala to form another division (2 division) to expel Biafrans from mid-west, defend Biafra's west and attack Biafra from the west as well. The coup, despite its failure, was perceived as having benefited mostly the Igbos because all but one of the five coup plotters were Igbos, and Ironsi, himself an Igbo, was thought to have promoted many Igbos in the Army at the expense of Yoruba and Hausa officers. Umahi warned Igbos to be wary of IPOB, saying the outlawed group was trying to instigate another civil war. These demands seemed to cease when it became clear that oil in the southeast would become a major revenue source. Reconstruction, helped by oil money, was swift; however, the old ethnic and religious tensions remained a constant feature of Nigerian politics. It’s a situation jihadists mean to exploit. The Red Cross required volunteers to sign an agreement, which was seen by some (like Kouchner and his supporters) as being similar to a gag order, that was designed to maintain the organization’s neutrality, whatever the circumstances. The war began on July 6, 1967 when Nigerian Federal troops advanced in two columns into Biafra. The election crisis had already infused bad blood in the various ethnic groups such as among the igbos, the Hausas and the Yorubas who nurse some hatred against one another even to the extermination of members. When Igbo civil servants left to join similar posts in Biafra, their positions had been replaced; and when the war was over the government did not feel that it should sack their replacements, preferring to regard the previous incumbents as having resigned. â¦January 1966 led to the Nigerian Civil War (1967â70). The Egyptians conscripts frequently attacked civilian rather than military targets, bombing numerous Red Cross shelters. The conflict was the result of economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the various peoples of Nigeria. Moreover, severe population pressure in the Igbo homeland combined with an intense desire for economic improvement drove thousands of Igbo to other parts of Nigeria in search of work. In the North, the British found it convenient to rule indirectly through the Emirs, thus perpetuating rather than changing the indigenous authoritarian political system. The Nigerian Civil War: Causes, Strategies, And Lessons Learnt. It has been argued that by prolonging the war the Biafran relief effort (characterized by Canadian development consultant Ian Smillie as "an act of unfortunate and profound folly"), contributed to the deaths of as many as 180,000 civilians. Created as a colonial entity by the British, Nigeria was divided between a mainly Muslim north and a mainly Christian and animist south. Quick Kill in Slow Motion: The Nigerian Civil War. 82, no. General Aguiyi Ironsiâs Failures. This was followed by a northerner-led counter coup a few months later. They were supported by foreign mercenary pilots continuing to fly in food, medical supplies and weapons. The Nigerian civil war and the evolution of Nigerian literature / Chidi Amuta In: Canadian Journal of African Studies: (1983), vol. Nigerian Troops firing artillery gun in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, during the Nigerian Civil War. The same headline could well have been used over a story that received no coverage at all ...read more, On July 6, an infant named Tenzin Gyatso, future leader of Tibet, is born to a peasant family in Takster, Tibet. She apologized on behalf of herself, her family and her children for the war crimes that were committed against the Igbos during the Nigerian civil war. However, the Biafrans responded with an offensive of their own when on July 9, the Biafran forces moved west into the Mid-Western Nigerian region across the Niger River, passing through Benin City, until they were stopped at Ore just over the state boundary on August 21, just 130 miles east of the Nigerian capital of Lagos. â¦ In Sani Abacha â¦through the ranks in the Nigerian military and by 1983 had achieved the rank of brigadier when he assisted Ibrahim Babangida in overthrowing Shehu Shagari, who had been elected to his second presidential term in 1983. Northern leaders, however, fearful that independence would mean political and economic domination by the more Westernized elites in the South, preferred the perpetuation of British rule. This Sultan was regarded as the source of all political power and religious authority. LAGOS, Nigeria â Fifty years ago, on Jan. 15, Nigeriaâs civil war ended. The causes of the Nigerian civil war were exceedingly complex. Claims of electoral fraud were the ostensible reason for a military coup on January 15, 1966, led by Igbo junior Army officers, mostly majors and captains. These doctors, led by Kouchner, concluded that a new aid organization was needed that would ignore political/religious boundaries and prioritize the welfare of victims. Status was acquired through the ability to arbitrate disputes that might arise in the village, and through acquiring rather than inheriting wealth. Nigeria has a diverse geography, with climates ranging from arid to humid equatorial. Born in Missouri in 1835, Clemens followed a circuitous route to becoming an observer and writer of the American West. LAGOS, Nigeria — Fifty years ago, on Jan. 15, Nigeria’s civil war ended. From 1968 onward, the war fell into a form of stalemate, with Nigerian forces unable to make significant advances into the remaining areas of Biafran control.  One positive result of the war was the development of mechanisms to respond rapidly to human tragedy, whether caused by natural disaster or human hand. Four days later, Biafra surrendered to Nigeria. Initially, its forces pushed back the Nigerian army but after a year of fighting, a stalemate developed. They had a lively awareness of the political system and regarded it as an instrument for achieving their own personal goals. Ojukwu’s forces made some initial advances, but Nigeria’s superior military strength gradually reduced Biafran territory. Hundreds of languages are spoken in the country, including Yoruba, Igbo, Fula, Hausa, Edo, Ibibio, Tiv, and English.  It has been estimated that up to three million people may have died due to the conflict, most from hunger and disease. He died in prison 11 years later. In 1937, the child was declared the reincarnation of a great Buddhist spiritual leader and named the 14th Dalai Lama. Also known as the Biafra war, Nigeria's civil war was one of the most divisive conflicts in post-independence Africa. Read More; role of. Biafra taught the international community how to better provide and coordinate aid and assistance to those affected by a complex emergency. During the ensuing years, the Northern Emirs, thus were able to maintain traditional political and religious institutions, while limiting social change. By the time Nigeria got her independence from Britain, Igboâs made up 60-70% of the population in â¦ While they did not doubt that starvation had occurred, it was less clear to what extent it was a result of the Nigerian blockade or the restriction of food to the civilians (to make it available to the military) by the Biafran government. His advisers, meanwhile, felt that Gowon had enacted as much of Aburi as was politically feasible and that Gowon had acted in the spirit of Aburi. Interspersed between these three groups were ethnic minorities that lacked political rights. Courageous and Determined Biafran Women, Training During the War. Abacha. Although there was much sympathy in Europe and elsewhere, only four countries recognized the new republic. The day before, Anne’s older sister, Margot, had received a call-up notice to be deported to a Nazi “work camp.” Born in ...read more, On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson claims the women’s singles tennis title at Wimbledon and becomes the first African American to win a championship at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Following independence in 1960, three provinces were formed along tribal lines, the Hausa and Fulani (north), Yoruba (south-west), and Igbo or Ibo (south-east). As Nigerian forces were to retake the Mid-West, the Biafran military administrator declared the Republic of Benin on September 19. The Hausas and Igbos still walk on eggs around each other, the Nigerian civil war has made tribalism or ethnic rivalry chewed deeper still.The resentment felt by the Igbos whenever there is a slight evidence of domination by the Hausas and vice versa. At age two, he will be declared the Dalai Lama. Asaba is predominantly occupied by the Igbos but was never part of … https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/p/index.php?title=Nigerian_Civil_War&oldid=1016233, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License. It developed into a leading humanitarian agency. Evelyn Okororie was a trader in Port Harcourt, southeast Nigeria before the civil war broke out. Col. Muritala later became military head of state. Also known as the Biafran War, the Nigerian civil war began in July 1967 and ended in January 1970. With their emphasis upon achievement, individual choice, and democratic decision-making, the challenges of modernization for the Igbo entailed responding to new opportunities in traditional ways. Up to 250,000 are killed, while thousands more are mutilated and raped, often by armies of drugged child soldiers led by ruthless warlords. Get the Latest News and Features at Daily Post - National, Politics, Entertainment, Metro, Sport & Opinions. Six years later, the Muslim Hausas in northern Nigeria began massacring the Christian Igbos in the region, prompting tens of thousands of Igbos to flee to the east, where their people were the dominant ethnic group. Although there were monarchs in these villages (whether hereditary or elected), they were largely little more than figureheads.  They met little resistance and the Mid-West was easily taken over. As a young man he apprenticed as ...read more, The front-page headline of the Liverpool Evening Express on July 6, 1957, read “MERSEYSIDE SIZZLES,” in reference to the heat wave then gripping not just northern England, but all of Europe. The Biafran government claimed that Nigeria was using hunger and genocide to win the war, and sought aid from the outside world. For the country was divided in such a way that the North had slightly more population than the other two regions combined. Biafran Currency. THE Nigerian Civil War ended 50 years ago, but it continued to rage in the hearts of the power elite. The Yoruba political system in the southwest, like that of the Hausa-Fulani, also consisted of a series of monarchs (Obas). The Nigerian Civil War ended on January 15, 1970, with the surrender of Biafran leadership. When Nigeria won independence from Britain in 1960, the population of 60 million people consisted of nearly 300 differing ethnic and cultural groups. âA year into the war, the Ibo had nothing left. Having commenced seven years after Nigeria gained independence from Britain, the war began with the secession of the southeastern region of the nation on May 30, 1967, when it declared itself the independent Republic of Biafra. She lost three children in the war. 1, p. 85-99. The deaths of more than a million people in Nigeria as a result of the brutal civil war which ended exactly 50 years ago are a scar on the nation's history. The ECOWAS Court has ordered 10 of the third-party applicants in a proceeding relating to the payment of compensation by Nigeria over its management of the countryâs civil war aftermath, to file before its next sitting, the terms of their settlement. The Igbos felt that they had been deliberately displaced from government positions, because their pre-war posts were now occupied by other Nigerians (mostly Yoruba and Hausa-Fulani). General Aguiyi Ironsi, just as the majority of the coup plotters was â¦ The cause of the fire was unknown, but it spread at incredible speed, racing up the ...read more, In Annapolis, Maryland, the United States Naval Academy admits women for the first time in its history with the induction of 81 female midshipmen. Mali Civil War, 1990–1996 In Mali, the rising began in 1990 when Tuareg separatists attacked government buildings around Gao in Mali. 2001. In June 1969, the Biafrans launched a desperate offensive against the Nigerians in their attempts to keep the Nigerians off-balance. As a condition for accepting independence, they demanded that the country continue to be divided into three regions with the North having a clear majority. Gen. Gowon also launched an offensive from Biafra's south from the delta to riverine area using the bulk of Lagos Garrison command under Col. Adekunle (black scorpion) to form 3 division which latter changed to the 3rd marine commandos. Daily Post - Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers. Although these parties were not exclusively homogeneous in terms of their ethnic or regional make-up, the later disintegration of Nigeria results largely from the fact that these parties were primarily based in one region and one tribe. Like many other African nations, Nigeria was an artificial structure initiated by the British which had neglected to consider religious, linguistic, and ethnic differences. Nigeria then blocked food and supplies from entering Biafra, which resulted in a humanitarian crisis of huge proportion. The Nigerian government launched a "police action" to retake the secessionist territory. From these lessons came the beginnings of a framework for several issues, including: dealing with internally displaced persons (IDPs), negotiating humanitarian access and repatriation of unaccompanied children. Kouchner also witnessed these events, particularly the huge number of starving children, and when he returned to France, he publicly criticized the Nigerian government and the Red Cross for their seemingly complicit behavior. Biafra The will for Independence. The soldiers that were supposed to defend Mid-West were mostly mid-west Igbos and were in touch with their eastern counterpart. The Igbo would have moved on if those that lost their jobs during the war were automatically re-absorbed into the civil service and military immediately after the war. This highly centralized and authoritarian political system elevated to positions of leadership persons willing to be subservient and loyal to superiors, the same virtues required by Islam for eternal salvation. The right-hand Nigerian column advanced on the town of Nsukka which fell on July 14, while the left-hand column made for Garkem, which was captured on July 12. All Rights Reserved. Images of the suffering reached the global community via the media, attracting a large relief effort. In Igbo areas, missionaries were introduced at a later date because of British difficulty in establishing firm control over the highly autonomous Igbo villages. Although Benin City was retaken by the Nigerians on September 20, the Biafrans succeeded in their primary objective by tying down as many Nigerian Federal troops as they could. If the coup of January 15, 1966 was the immediate cause of the civil war, its historical roots are traceable to British colonial rule. Nigeria has one of the highest rates of internal violence in the world, only unlike others with similar levels of bloodshed such as Colombia or Chechnya, there is not a civil war going on. Once one of the biggest organized crime figures in America, Moran had been reduced to small bank robberies by this time. This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.0 License (CC-by-sa), which may be used and disseminated with proper attribution. Bernard Kouchner was one of a number of French doctors who volunteered with the French Red Cross to work in hospitals and feeding centers in besieged Biafra. RANGE WAR The fight between Muslim herdsmen and mostly Christian farmers has killed more than 60,000 people in the last 15 years. 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. Nicknames, Slogans, Local and Operational Names Associated with the Nigerian Civil War.