| The Once and Future Biafra? (Part 2) The Genocide of Ebos - By Hugh Fitzgerald
| Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Jihad Watch : Ethnic and religious tensions go at least as far back, in modern
Nigeria, to 1945, when Muslim Hausa-Fulani people killed 300 Christian
Ibos in Jos.
It was described thus: “At Jos in 1945, a sudden and savage
attack by Northerners took the Easterners [Christian Ibos] completely
by surprise, and before the situation could be brought under control,
the bodies of Eastern women, men, and children littered the streets and
their property worth thousands of pounds reduced to reduced to
A similar unprovoked attack by Muslims occurred in 1953 in
Kano. Muslim clashes with Christians continued after Nigeria gained its
independence from Great Britain in 1960. In 1964, the southern
Christians rioted against the results of elections that they believed
had been unfair in perpetuating the political dominance of the Muslim
North. In January 1966, there was a military coup, led by Ibo officers,
in which 30 senior political figures were killed, including the Prime
Minister and the Northern Premier.
In July of that year, there was a
counter-coup which brought Muslim officers to power, and in September of
that year, there was a massacre of 30,000 Ibos in the north by Muslims.
It was that massacre that finally led Christian, chiefly Ibo, officers
to declare the independent state of Biafra. The Muslims promptly
declared war, and that first Biafra War lasted from 1967 to 1969, when
the Biafrans surrendered.
Close to two million Biafran civilians died of
starvation and disease. During the war, the most important outside help
given to the Muslims came from Gamal Abdel Nasser, who sent both
Egyptian planes, Russian-built Migs, and pilots who repeatedly strafed
and bombed Ibo villages, killing tens of thousands of defenseless
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