In the beginning my interest in Biafra, then the emerging Biafran history originating as Jewish people from the Land of Israel, along with new friendships have led me to a place which feels holy. I have been contacted by Biafrans with stories to tell. It is different speaking with a person on the ground that is in the fray rather than reading a history book or a current article. It is my great honor to be able to publish these Biafran stories.
It is important to convey how Islamists are taking over every part of the world and how the Igbo Biafran people are coping, trying to stop history from repeating itself when millions of Biafrans were slaughtered or starved to death between 1966-1970.
The following Conversations With Naomi is an interview with a Biafran man who is now serving in the Nigerian military.
Naomi: Thank you for joining me. Please tell me how you were raised, something from your childhood that made you realize your heritage as Biafran.
Anonymous: When I was a child, I think that should be in my eighth year, my father told me how my people were living in peace and harmony, then how everyone surrendered our people; how the British with trade and Christianity enslaved my people. With that and to start they began to colonize us. They noticed that the Northerners, the Hausas and Westerners, and Southwestern Yorubas, and with the little that they had, saw and then knew that we Biafrans are industrious, hardworking, creative, and blessed with many natural resources. So the British then decided to merge us together as One Nigeria without any consultation between the parties if we really wanted to be put together. But they did nothing of such, rather they forced us into this unholy marriage, with the people who did not share beliefs. In fact our beliefs are very different.
Our cultures, language, character, religious and other ways of life; we share nothing in common with those people, nothing at all. And that has been the beginning of my Biafran people's problem after the British left Nigeria and joined us for one hundred years of an unholy marriage.
And the British handed over the power to the Northerners because they are the people who accommodated the British when they were chased away from Nigeria after the 1951 conference at Ibadan Oyo state; when Easterner and some Westerners disgraced them in the Conference.
Immediately the power got into the hands of Hausas and they started treating us badly, eating resources that is our Biafra Land. They divided us as brothers: South East and South South. That's divide and rule and brothers started seeing themselves as enemies. While they are busy milking our people and our resources they tagged us as a minority in our own land! Can you imagine that?
Naomi: Yes, that is terrible. You told me previously that you are in the military. How is it that you, as a Biafran are in the Nigerian military? Are you able to safely speak about it?