Omaka provides us with a close reading of the steps taken to establish aid for Biafrans
during and after the conflict.
also built massive 5m-gallon concrete fuel bunkers and were able to maintain the supply of water and electricity, traffic on the railway, and broadcasting services.
The fact that his battle for Biafra coincided exactly with the geopolitical support de Gaulle's government was then giving to the Biafrans
(against the support given to Nigeria by Britain and America) did not bother him.
Sadly, we learn from this book the tragic reality that the Biafrans
, not just the Nigerians, missed a number of opportunities to compromise and end the war earlier than they did.
even bought up double-barreled shotguns from Spanish makers.
However, the author insists on blaming the Federal Government of Nigeria for the horrendous plight of Biafrans
that resulted from this impasse.
Cold War geopolitics played a considerable role in rallying states (and subsequent arms provisions) either around the Nigerian federal government (thus resisting secessionism and African post-colonial state fragmentation), or around the Biafran
self-declared state and the leader of the rebellion Chukweumeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (thus legitimizing claims of Biafrans
, even though for controversial and varied reasons).
The federal forces have an advantage of more than 100 to one in firepower, but the Biafrans
have the advantage of a morale, which comes from a people who believe they are fighting for survival and basic freedom.
Olusegun Obasanjo, who received the instruments of surrender, has cited defeating the Biafrans
and maintaining Nigeria's territorial integrity as his outstanding contribution to the nation.
Ojukwu, the ideologue and leader of the Biafrans
is also said to imprison people on the charge of being saboteurs only so he can get to their wives.
60) Alex Zeidman, "For Six Eventful Months, I helped to Feed Biafrans
," Presbyterian Record (June 1969), pp.
They could be Biafrans
in 1968, Sahelians in 1973, or Ethiopians in 1985.