Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Poll: 95 Percent Agree ''Nigerians are Better Together''

New York Times ''Nigerians are Better Together''

TOLU OGUNLESI is a Nigerian Journalist, Poet, Photographer and writer. He is also the author of toluogunlesi wordress account. His latest op-ed ''Nigerians are Better Together'' talks about peace and harmonization of Nigeria and Biafra into a united Nigeria.

The article published in New York Times recounts the events that span post Nigerian Civil war 1967-1970. It is now over Forty-six years since the Biafran war came to an end with the surrender of the secessionist Republic of Biafra. The two and a half years of fighting took some two million lives, but when the bitter conflict ended the triumphant Nigerian government proclaimed, “No Victor, No Vanquished.” Nevertheless, the discontent of the ethnic Igbo people of southeast Nigeria lingers on.

In 1999, a group known as the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra emerged, seeking through protests and political agitation to re-establish an independent nation. In recent years it has been overshadowed by another group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, which also calls for independence, by violence if necessary.

Led by Nnamdi Kanu, a Nigerian who was living in Britain until last October, it has demonstrated greater sophistication than Massob. Its main publicity tool is Radio Biafra, an online station that spreads the call for “liberation” and “self-emancipation” from the “zoo” called Nigeria. These activities have annoyed President Muhammadu Buhari, who has publicly backed Mr. Kanu’s ongoing trial for treason. Read the full article on New York Times website at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/opinion/nigerians-are-better-together.html?_r=0


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