Biafra Heroes/Heroines Day – A tradition, ritual, memorial that must be remembered/celebrated until eternity come
By C. K. Ekeke
I like to begin this piece by thanking the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra – Mazi Nnamdi kanu, and his deputy – Mazi Uche Mefor and entire IPOB leadership worldwide for instituting Biafra Heroes and Heroines Day to be celebrated on May 30th of every year. This year, they are in Atlanta, Georgia to celebrate and honor these brave Biafran heroes and heroines.
This is a noble and commendable act. May Chukwu Okike Abiama bless you and your progenitors for establishing this memorial and especially for answering the divine call to free Biafran people from the worst bondage and slavery in human history! This is an oppression and bondage that Ndigbo and entire Biafran people are subjected into by a selfish, greedy, envious, cowardly and dishonorable Igbo politicians, traditional rulers and religious bigots ever to exist on planet earth.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, you have put yourself in the position to tell Biafrans the truth no matter the consequences and that is why we love you too much. You cannot lead people if you don’t care, love and tell them the truth. But we also know that telling the truth, always and historically comes with great responsibility and consequences. And you Mazi Kanu has had that in abundance already and has sacrificed a lot for the sake of Biafra freedom.
I personally want to encourage you to keep telling the truth to some selfish Biafran people, ignorant and gullible Nigerians and hypocritical global community about a fraudulent empire created by Britain in West Africa for their economic and political purposes in which the blessed Biafran people are caged from exercising their freedom and unleashing their creativity and innovative spirit.
You must continue to tell the world about Biafra genocide and continuing killings and massacre being perpetrated by the Nigerian State and fully backed by Britain until all Biafrans wake-up from their slumber, unite to free their land and people from this satanic bondage that they have been in since 1914.
The struggle that you and millions of Biafrans are engaged in is a difficult and complicated one but with God Almighty on our side, we will definitely win and free our people and land from this political slavery, economic bondage and religious ignorance.
The argument against the restoration of Biafra Republic by some Biafrans and Nigerians alike especially – Igbo political saboteurs and efulefus, cowardly traditional rulers, fake pastors and religious hypocrites and continued attacks against IPOB and especially “Sit-at-Home” strategy adopted by IPOB to protect young Biafgrans from being murdered in cold blood by a terrorist State and jihadist military is simply saddening and pathetic.
How can these Igbos speak against Biafra restoration when they have to literally beg for everything in Nigeria? They beg for their sons and daughters to be made a minister. They beg to be made Speaker of National Assembly. They beg to be made Senate President. They beg to be made President of Nigeria which will never happen.
They beg for their roads to be repaired. They beg for the bridges in Biafra land to be built or repaired. They beg for resource allocation to be given to them even though 80% of the nation’s resources are derived from their land. They beg for an international airport even when Ndigbo/Biafrans are the most traveled in Africa and the world.
They beg for their seaports to be opened while the Nigerian State is building dry seaports in Kaduna (North) and Ibadan (West). Biafrans beg for everything in Nigeria. You are tagged terrorist while Myetti Allah and Fulani Herdsmen – the world’s 4th and 5th terrorist sects in the world are not tagged terrorists in Nigeria.
Rather, they are rewarded with 100 billion Naira for compensation because of boycott of cow and cattle in SE/SS and to assist them acquire more weapons to massacre you in your land.
How can you threaten Biafrans who want to sit-at-home to remember and honor the millions of their family members including children who were mercilessly starved to death and murdered by the Nigerian State, Britain, Egypt, former Soviet Union and Arab league nations? Does that make any sense at all?
How can you tell people not to honor their fallen heroes and heroines – especially children who were starved to death, women who were mercilessly raped and pregnant women whose babies in womb were ripped out by the Nigerian State? How can anyone — be it the Nigerian State, Britain or their terrorist military threaten us not to remember the monumental atrocities that they committed and continues to commit today against the Biafran people.
In fact, Nigeria is an evil and wicked country and this is why it remains cursed and a “shithole” until it does the right thing to let the Biafran people go.
And for some Biafran people to condemn sit-at-home on May 30th is unthinkable and unfathomable. When the White man says that Black people have low IQ. This is exactly what they mean – the inability of Black Africa to reason properly and fight for their rights, privileges and freedom.
Today, America and most civilized nations are a beacon of hope for millions of people because men and women stood courageously to fight against tyranny, lawlessness, impunity in order to defend freedom and their country from tyrants.
But that is not always the case with Black Africa. This is why Idi Amin and other African tyrants murdered their people in millions and the citizens did nothing until White people intervened to save them. Black Africa aren’t courageous enough to fight against their tyrants and killers. Moreover, Black people do not honor their great men and women.
Blacks do not know how to properly honor and pay respects to their brave and great people. And I will like to make an exemption – especially Black Americans. They are an exception. But most Black people everywhere else are selfish, cowards, have low self-esteem and very low IQ.
Nigeria would have been one of the great nations on earth today if the country was run on merit – utilizing their enormous diversity, talents and abundant natural resources in the land. But instead, Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba and with the backing of their colonial master – Britain continue to oppress Biafran people and subjugate a people endowed with so much potential and abundant crude oil resources.
Instead of the Nigerian State to rebuild the former Eastern region that was massively destroyed by genocidal war and their people decimated, they concentrate to develop only the North and Western regions leaving the civil war devastated Eastern region under-developed.
In addition, systemic policies of economic stagnation, political disfranchisement and religious bondage were carefully packaged and put in place to completely annihilate the Igbos and destroy entire Biafran people. Today, many Biafran people do not know who they are because their land is polluted with saboteurs, efulefus and cowards.
And now that the cries of the true and innocent Biafran people have touched God’s heart and God Almighty sent a messenger – Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB to free the blessed Land of the Rising Sun and protect God’s people from extermination.
Sadly, the same people he came to deliver from bondage and islamization are working tirelessly to betray and kill him. What a cursed people! Until Ndigbo and entire Biafran people unite, repent and turn to true God of creation, we all will be enslaved and Islamized in Nigeria. Unity is a necessary ingredient for survival and success.
Without unity, we are finished as a tribe. Disunity is destructive and if we do not let go our ego, pride, petty selfishness, envy, greed and unite to liberate their land and people – bondage, slavery, islamization, jihad and hell fire will befall us again in Nigeria.
Regarding the sit-at-home order to mourn and remember Biafra heroes and heroines who perished during the genocidal war and those who continue to die today, the leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra are requesting that all businesses, markets, shops, offices, schools, etc. be shut down across Biafra Provinces and beyond on that day.
The “Sit-At-Home” is designed to encourage all Biafrans to pause that day to pray and meditate on the lives of their fallen heroes and heroines who died fighting to defend themselves against Nigeria’s genocidal.
They are to pay tribute, recognize, honor and memorialize those who gave their lives to defend them against Nigeria’s pogrom and genocidal war of annihilation within Nigeria.
In the quest to defend their mother and fatherland, the small size army of about three thousand men without proper war weapons but machete, bows and arrows were able to manage the war for about three years.
The scanty and ill-prepared Biafran soldiers gallantly fought to defend their mother-land and fatherland against the brutal and aggressive genocidal war against them and their land. Eventually due to horror of death especially children dying of hunger, kwashiorkor, lack of medicine and food, etc. were forced to surrender to the federal troupe.
Whenever I look at the pictures of Biafran army – some very young and without clothes, shoes but sticks fighting to defend Biafra land against the Nigerian State with full support of Britain, former Soviet Union, Egypt and Arab league of nations, I weep deeply in my heart.
Their bravery, gallantry and love for Biafra is indescribable. May the souls all those who perished and continue to die today to defend Biafra continue to rest in eternal peace in the presence of our God Almighty!
For anyone to threaten a people who want to honor their dead – Biafrans who were massacred in cold blood and starved to death is simply the worst insult any human being can take and endure.
The Nigerian State honors the federal troop who fought to keep Nigeria one but will not honor the Biafran soldiers who defended their people especially civilians, children and women who were being massacred like chickens all over Nigeria. Yet, they talk about one Nigeria. What an evil country and wicked people!
The Nigerian State and her supporters were supposed to help heal their wounds of Biafrans and rebuild their devastated land and fully embrace them in the Nigerian project, instead, all that the Nigerian State and her supporters and saboteurs are doing is to conquer Biafrans and take their land and natural resources. May God have mercy upon you Satan!
It is just and moral act that all true Biafrans honor their fallen heroes on May 30th. They were brave men who willingly and voluntarily gave their lives so that Biafra may be and live. They deserve our highest respect and honor.
Biafrans or non Biafrans alike who oppose such rectitude are not only efulefus but not worthy to live. They are a disgrace to mankind and may the spirits of our fallen heroes and heroines may be upon such people.
The “Sit-At-Home” on May 30th, 2019 in Biafra land and across Nigeria to mark the 52nd anniversary of the independence of Biafra and especially to honor the lives of Biafran solders, men, women, and children who perished during the three-year genocidal war which continues till today is appropriate and commendable.
It is another method of protest to avoid being massacred by the jihadist Nigerian military forces should Biafrans engage in any public activity such as rally or marching to honor their fallen heroes and heroines.
In 2016 and 2017, hundreds of Biafran youths were mercilessly massacred during the same event at Nkpor, Asaba, Aba, Umuahia, Obigbo, Igwuocha and across many cities in Biafra land by the irrational combined Nigerian military forces.
It’s morally right that we pause and pray for our fallen heroes and heroines on the May 30th 2019. We must memorialize and honor them for their bravery and courage until eternity come.
We must cherish and honor the memories of those who served and paid the ultimate price that we may live. They epitomized the spirit of selflessness, valor, and service in their dedication and willingness to give their lives in the hope that others may live in freedom.
Personally, I remain eternally grateful for their ultimate sacrifice they made by willing and voluntarily giving their lives that I may live. Their commitment to service and love of Biafra will never be forgotten. The “Sit-At-Home” is quite commendable and I commend IPOB for such vision and courage.
Across the globe, civilized and serious nations do remember and memorialize their fallen heroes and heroines who fought defending their nations from tyranny, lawlessness and impunity. Gigantic monuments and museums are built in their honor and respect.
These nations celebrate and decorate their armed Forces with national honors and awards. National holidays are established in their honor where the citizens offer their deepest respect and heartfelt thanks to them and their families for their service and bravery.
This past May 27, America celebrated their Memorial Day. On the last Monday of the month of May each year, Americans are always united in solemn remembrance of every member of the Armed Forces – Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, etc. who had fought and died defending the United States of America in the never-ending struggle to preserve and protect the God-given liberty, justice and pursuit to life as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, and codified as law in the Constitution.
Throughout this past weekend, Americans paid their deepest respect, gratitude, heartfelt thanks, and uncompromised faithfulness to their fallen heroes and heroines. Memorial services and visits to national cemetery were held throughout the entire United States of America.
Today, America is a beacon of hope for millions because their Armed Forces who stood courageously to defend freedom and their country from tyranny and lawlessness. Their steadfast devotion to duty, honor, and country is second to none.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States (1861–65), who preserved the Union during the American Civil War and brought about the emancipation of the slaves, once said at the Gettysburg battlefield that:
“It is for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Every year, on Yom Hazikaron, Israel Memorial Day, Israeli society comes together to mourn the thousands of soldiers who have fallen protecting the State and guaranteeing its existence, as well as the thousands of civilian victims of terror. On May 7, 2019 – we watched as the entire Israeli nation stood still to mourn and honor their fallen Armed Forces and victims of holocaust and terrorism.
In official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, the State of Israel established Yad Vashe in 1953 in the western slope of Mount Herzl, also known as the Mount of Remembrance, a height in western Jerusalem, dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead; honoring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need; and researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust in particular and genocide in general, with the aim of avoiding such events in the future.
The Holocaust memorial is a huge complex containing the Holocaust history museum, memorial sites such as the Children’s Memorial and the Hall of Remembrance, the Museum of Holocaust Art, sculptures, outdoor commemorative sites such as the Valley of the Communities, a synagogue, a research institute with archives, a library, a publishing house, and an educational center, the International School/Institute for Holocaust Studies.
Throughout Europe, you see gigantic monuments and popular war memorial edifices established in honor of the fallen heroes, heroines and even animals. These memorials, monuments and museums dot the land in honor of their fallen armed men and women who gave their lives fighting for freedom and other liberties.
These monuments, including the D-Day beaches of Normandy, Triumphal Arch, Liberty Statue and the Luxembourg American Cemetery are highly visited by people around the world.
Even war memorials are established for animals that were engaged in war. For instance, the Animals in War Memorial established in Hyde Park, London.
On every second Sunday in November, Britain honors the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices that were made in past wars by their Armed Forces, citizens and animals.
World War I & II Memorials are scattered across northern France and are well known and much visited by both local and international researchers.
German, a nation without a national war memorial, is one of the few European societies without a symbolic grave of the Unknown Soldier but war memorial sites of both political conflict and personal mourning dot the nation of Germany.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is the main memorial to Australian military personnel killed on the Western Front during World War I.
In Argentina, every year Argentine remembers and honors the 237 combatants killed during the 1982 Falklands War.
A military cemetery on East of Falklands was erected to honor and remember those brave soldiers who battled the British to retake their oil rich island inhabited by only a handful of British citizens.
Falkland is an oil rich island belonging to Argentina but because of only a handful of British families that lived there, they wanted to colonize and take the island. Argentina waged war against Britain in order to reclaim their oil rich island. The entire Argentina nation courageously fought to take back their island from Britain.
But Nigeria – the so-called giant of Africa do not have any known monuments to honor their armed forces and to teach their citizens about their past – especially the wars – whether internal or external. In fact, history is banned in Nigerian schools.
How can any nation make progress that does not know its past? How can their young citizens and future ones learn about their country if history is banned? No wonder, most Nigerian people are ignorant, gullible, and myopic.
For the religious hypocrites and fake pastors, who speak against Biafra Memorial Day, I like to remind them that God Himself established many memorials and covenants for His people for the purpose of recalling important lessons and events in their life.
Those are not man made holidays, like Lent, Easter or Christmas, but memorials established by God Himself for His people of all generation to observe.
Esther 9:28 says, “So these days were to be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation, every family, every province and every city; and these days of Purim were not to fail from among the Jews, or their memory fade from their descendants.”
In the Book of Exodus 12:14, “Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.”
God Himself established memorials that His people must observe. For instance:
1. Knowledge of God and world He created (Deuteronomy 6). “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
This is to be passed down from generation to generation.
2. Memorial of teaching your Children about God (Joshua 4).
3. Memorial of Passover and Deliverance from Egypt (Exodus 12). Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover.” Every year, the Jews were to hold this sacrifice and have this particular meal as a reminder of what God had done in delivering the nation out of slavery. God was serious about this tradition being done every year for He repeats the command every year here in Exodus 12 just prior to the event itself. The command is repeated again in Exodus 23 & 34; Leviticus 23:5, Numbers 9 & 28; and Deuteronomy 16. God wanted the story of what He had done for them Egypt to be remembered.
4. Memorial of the death of Jacob and Joseph (Genesis 49:29 – 50:1-25). Joseph mourned for his father – Jacob when he died. Joseph wept and entered into a long period of mourning consisting of 70 days and then several weeks as he carried his father’s remains to Canaan for burial. And when Joseph died, all Israel mourned for him for a very long period of time.
5. Mourn of the death of Moses (Numbers 27:12-23; Deuteronomy 31:1– 34:12). God used Moses to lead Israel out of Egyptian bondage and across the great Red Sea. The Israelites mourned and grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab for 30 days until the time of weeping and mourning was over.
6. The Sabbath Day Memorial (Exodus 20:8, 9; Deuteronomy 16:1-8). God Himself commanded the children of Israel to observe the Sabbath and keep it Holy. The Sabbath is the 6th Day of the Week. It is to be observed and kept Holy.
7. Israelites Slavery and Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12:37-38): The Book of Exodus tells how Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness to Mount Sinai, where God reveals himself and offers them a Covenant: they are to keep his Torah (i.e. law, instruction), and in return He will be their God and give them the land of Canaan. The Books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy tell how within sight of the Promised Land, Moses recalls their journeys and gives them new laws. His death (the last reported event of the Torah) concludes the 40 years of the Israel exodus from Egypt.
10. The Passover was a memorial between God and Israel commemorating the time when God went through the land of Egypt executing his judgment (Exodus 12:12-14). It was only after the Passover and the death of the Egyptians’ firstborn that Israel was released from 400 years of slavery.
Deuteronomy 16:1-8 says, “Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night. “You shall sacrifice the Passover to the LORD your God from the flock and the herd, in the place where the LORD chooses to establish His name. “You shall not eat leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat with it unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), so that you may remember all the days of your life the day when you came out of the land of Egypt. It is a night to be observed for the LORD for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night is for the LORD, to be observed by all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.
11. Crossing of the River Jordan Memorial (Joshua 4). So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe; and Joshua said to them, “Cross again to the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel. “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?
12. Conquering and entering into Land of Canaan – God commanded that all Canaanites be destroyed or driven from the land (Numbers 33:51-56; Deuteronomy 7:1-5).
13. The Memorial of Atonement (Exodus 30:16). “You shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the LORD, to make atonement for yourselves.”
14. The Last Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
And so on.
We, Biafrans can never truly repay to our brave warriors who laid down their lives to defend the blessed land of Biafra Republic. They were united in a shared commitment and mutual belief in Biafra and in the principles of freedom and democracy.
Their heroic devotion to Biafra can never be forgotten. And so, on this May 30th, let us sit-at-home in Biafra land to remember the heroes we lost and the ones we continue to lose today and pledge to prayerfully and loyally pay them the honor and respect for all time until eternity come.
May the souls of all the Biafran people who were massacred and still being murdered today by the Nigerian State continue to rest in eternal peace. Amen.
Let us remember them. Be strong and courageous! Our freedom is sure.
The Rev. Dr. C. K. Ekeke, is a theologian, author, activist and leadership coach. He is the founder and president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.