Last Monday, Biafrans marked the annual 30th of May Heroes Remembrance Day with outstanding success.
On this day, Biafran citizens pay homage to Biafra’s fallen heroes.
Some Of Those who resided in foreign countries hosted prayer sessions and vigils.
while SIt@Home was observed by millions of Biafrans back home.
Other countries went on street protests to remind the world of the 1967-70 Genocidal war against Biafrans.
6.5 million Biafrans lost their lives to British-Fulani OIL greed, Supremacist impunity & colonial thuggery.
1.5 million women & children were starved to death under British supervision.
Unsung Biafra Heroes:
Biafra’s heroes are not just those who fought in the war. Every one of those who lost their lives in that genocide is a hero.
Some heroes worked as cooks, nurses, engineers, teachers…etc to help sustain the war efforts.
Millions of innocent women & children starved to death without remorse due to Nigeria’s food/aid blockade.
However, there are outstanding Heroes who dedicated their lives & wealth to fight for Biafra.
Those gallant men who defended Biafra’s territory.
Starting with the late Biafra General Chukwuemeka “Emeka” Odumegwu–Ojukwu (1933–2011). The Biafra commander-in-chief.
His respectable, honorable, loyal second in Command was Dr. Philip Effiong Senior (1925–2003).
While all Biafrans are heroes, there are those whose remarkable works for Biafra went largely unnoticed.
In various fields such as propaganda, Engineering, Medicine, & Virtually all those who worked in the professional fields.
Little is known about these special heroes.
However, we shall be looking at some of Biafra’s diplomatic moves with the US.
Biafran heroes who made relentless efforts to sell the Biafra idea to relevant world powers.
Biafra Diplomatic Moves In Washington:
- Dr. Pius Nwabufo Charles Okigbo ()
- Dr. Eni Njoku (1917-1974)
- Dr. Kenneth Dike (1917-1983)
- Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)
- Gabriel Okara (1921-2019)
Dr. Pius Okigbo was a notable and pragmatic economist, a dedicated public servant, and an intellectual giant.
✔ 1955 to 1957 lecturer at Northwestern University/research associate University of Chicago🔥
✔ 1957(Summer) research associate at the University of Wyoming.🔥
✔ 1957-1958 served as a lecturer at Oxford University.🔥
✔ 1958 Economic Adviser To The Premier.🔥
✔ 1958 Permanent secretary (planning) of Eastern Nigeria civil service. 🔥
✔ 1959, Economic Adviser PM of the Federal Govt of Nigeria (ZOO), Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa🔥
✔ 1963 Nigeria’s ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels🔥
✔ 1967 The Biafran Genocide started on the order of British Colonial Thugs🔥
Dr. Pius Okigbo wasted no time retreating to serve his father’s land Biafra.
Dr.Pius Okigbo Diplomatic Efforts:
As the acting as the Economic Advisor to the Biafran Government with Ministerial rank.
Dr.Pius waged diplomatic war on Biafra’s behalf. Meetings with very important people in Washington DC.
According to the official US government records of the war.
“Activities of Visiting Biafrans – INFORMATION MEMORANDUM
Washington, April 18, 1969
“Three distinguished Biafran officials are currently in Washington pursuing a busy schedule of lobbying.
They are Dr. Pius Okigbo, Economic Advisor to the Biafran Government with Ministerial rank;
Dr. Eni Njoku, former Vice-Chancellor of Nsukka University and now President of the “University of Biafra”
Dr. Kenneth Dike, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.
The memo also indicated that Chinua Achebe and Gabriel Okara, the poet, were also in and out of Washington for diplomatic reasons.
Excerpts From Recorded Diplomatic Meetings:
Dr.Pius Okigbo was said to have had dinner with Roger Morris and Bob Smith.
He addressed the International Economistsʼ Club, on April 17, on the subject, “Does Biafra Make Sense Economically.?”
The Biafran economic minister made contacts with powerful people in the Nixon administration.
Notable characters such as former Ambassador William Taft of SCI,
Dr. Hannah, AID Administrator,
Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, the Director of the Smithsonian Institute,
Dr. Lee A. DuBridge, Science Advisor to President Nixon,
Wilton Dillon, formerly of the National Academy of Science,
April 18, Dr. Kenneth Dike, was scheduled to hold press briefings at the National Press Club.
These Biafran Patriots (Okigbo, Njoku, and Dike) were very active in making other contacts with powerful dignitaries in the Nixon Administration.
They met various high-level diplomats, Congressmen, and Senators.
It’s on record that Dr.Pius Okigbo was immediately arrested and jailed for his participation in the war.
He later went on self-exile for fear of Fulani merchants of hate and terrorism.
We are only beginning to scratch the surface of Biafra’s Unsung Heroes.
Expect more updates on this topic in the near future.
All Biafrans are heroes but there are those heroes who are remarkable for their outstanding work for Biafra.
Only the full restoration of Biafra will do these men justice for their selfless services to Biafra.
We remember them.!