Biafra: south east elders submit petition to the US, UN on Igbos’ plight in Nigeria
- A team of Igbo leaders has submitted petition to United Stateof America (USA) and United Nation (UN) on what they tagged as Igbos’ plight in Nigeria
- The Igbo leaders said they have suffered genocidal crimes committed against them by Nigerians
- They claimed to have distant themselves from the rest of Nigeria, based on many waves of unjustified killings
A team of Igbo leaders under the aegis of Alaigbo development foundation and south east elders’ forum has sent petition to united states House of Representatives and the united nations headquarters over the plight of Igbo people in Nigeria. Reports have Dozie Ikedife, a member of the delegation said the team was in the US weeks to make sure that the message was delivered to the recipients for necessary action. The petition read: ''We have suffered genocidal crimes committed against us by Nigerians, especially those of the Northern Nigeria, dating back to 1945.
''This climaxed in the pogrom of 1966/67. By the general agreement of the people of eastern Nigeria, we decided to distance ourselves from the rest of Nigeria, based on many waves of unjustified killings.
''We, therefore, elected to be known as people of independent state of Biafra in 1967. Immediately after this, Nigeria with her allies, declared war on this young state of Biafra.
''Unprepared, unexpected, we were forced to defend ourselves for 30 months before we were overwhelmed by complete blockade, starvation, heavy indiscriminate distruction of churches, markets and other public places.
''We were forced to surrender to Nigeria’s allied forces on January 12, 1970, to save the rest of the Igbo population from complete eradication.
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