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The "Igbos Were The Victim" Narrative Still Lingers on, 50 Years after The Nigerian Civil War

Joshade 06/29/2020

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Ayò Bánkólé is a Strategy Expert, who helps African SMEs with strategic growth and is a social media influencer. He took to his Twitter page on Sunday, while reacting to the Biafran narratives in which the Igbos have always seen themselves as the victim of the unjust invasion by the Federal government through its troops.

For many years, ever since the end of the Nigerian Civil War which lasted between July 6, 1967 and January 15, 1970, the Ibo ethnic group have always insisted and made the world to believe that the war was never a war between two equals, but a pure invasion, a war of extermination and ethnic cleansing. Hardly would a Briafran faithful ever agree or talk about the casualties suffered by the Federal troops in the warn. All they keep saying is that the central government actually prosecuted genocide in the Eastern region as Igbos were deliberately targeted and killed during the fracas.

To be honest, we would be the most inconsiderate and bias if we think that both federal troops and Biafran soldiers actually fought on equal footings. They actually did not, because the federal troops were professional fighters, who were pitched against a makeshift or circumstantially conscripted army made up of graduates, workers and farmers that were only halfhazzardly trained how to shoot and run into bushes and creeks.

However, the point Bánkólé tried to make was that, irrespective of the asymetrical engagement, both sides looted, maimed, raped, killed and committed all sorts of atrocities during the war. He wanted the Ibos to accept that troops on both sides had their fair share with respect to the way they conducted the war and that they should jettison the victim mentality as they weren't the only victims afterall. In his words, he says:

"Biafra was a WAR. A bloody WAR. Not an INVASION. There were unprintable killings, looting, stealing and ills on both sides. So many many books by the primary players document this. Stop talking about Biafra only from the victim perspective as though it was an invasion!!!"

As would be expected of his followers who are of the Ibo ethnicity, they tried to school and scold him as to the depth of the atrocities committed by the federal troops against the Ibos. Expectedly, opinions are never the same as many others either argued for or against.

Below is a screenshot of reactions from the co-debators. You can drop your comment in the reactions' box.

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Top Comments
GUEST_MQk21WyoP · 06/30/2020
u ppl should just leave d Igbos alone, d jealousy and hatred is to much, allow Dem to stay on dere own no, allow Dem to remain in Nigeria u complain dat dey are buying every were as if dey collected money from u and use d money to buy properties, every body want to talk about d Igbos to get attention, u ppl should just leave us d way God created us pls, I'm very much happy to be an Igbo man, in my next world I still pray to be Igbo man so u ppl should just go and hug transformer ppl or jump is side lagoon.
PetrusNwemea · 06/29/2020
The war was genocidal in nature, the program in the north, the massacre in asaba, the killings in okigwe, the war song in hausa indicating killings ( e sho be, brigadier stop crying great people are here to do justice to them, kill them all, pack their propert
OkibeNwachukwu · 06/29/2020
Was the war fought in any other part of Nigeria part from Igboland? Yorubas should first go and reclaim their Kwara state/Ilorin from the fulani before they discuss anything matter pertaining the Igbo.
+234-803604**** · 06/29/2020
So when will Yorubas tell the world who gave Nzeogwu the financial support to sponsor the coup And who they plotters wanted to handover the Govt to Cowards

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