Biafra

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Biafra

1. a region of E Nigeria, formerly a local government region: seceded as an independent republic (1967--70) during the Civil War, but defeated by Nigerian government forces
2. Bight of. former name (until 1975) of (the Bight of) Bonny

Biafra

secessionist state of western Africa in which, during war with Nigeria, more than 1,000,000 people died of starvation (1968). [African Hist.: NCE, 290]
See: Hunger
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The centralisation of power by successive military regimes has undermined the federalism designed to restrain the dangerous ethnic and regional tensions that sparked the Biafran war.
The Onitsha Police Area Commander, Mr John Obuagbaka, disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday while reacting to speculation in some quarters that the Police in Onitsha beat, extorted and forced residents into their waiting vans in the name of clamping down on Biafran agitators before, during and after the celebration day.
For secession to effectively redress the grievances that triggered it, it must be accompanied by strong democratic governance institutions and a leadership to match, to avoid rights violations like those experienced in South Sudan and Eritrea.LOSS OF LIFEThe Biafran case also demonstrates that if secession is not internationally and regionally recognised and is violently opposed by the incumbent administration, it can result in catastrophic loss of life.
The Biafran War of 1967-1970 has been the subject of more publications by local and foreign authors than any other event to do with the West African country since its independence from Britain in 1960.
Press campaigns to realize non-'Nigerian' identities are regarded as wholly negative in the book, exacerbating conflicts such as the Biafran war and fuelling other types of animosity (p.
Mr Agbola, 38, said a new generation of Biafrans were now peacefully calling for an independent Biafra.
Nonetheless, a close familiarity with the facts of the matter indicate that in reaction to international pressure, General Gowon, the Nigerian head of state offered to open up land routes for the supervised delivery of humanitarian aids to starving Biafran children and women (p.
The 30-month war between federal Nigeria and the secessionist Republic of Biafra in the late 1960s led to the deaths of over one million ethnic Igbo and other easterners, according to Korieh (history, Marquette U.), yet despite the relatively significant literature about the Nigeria-Biafra War, there has been little attention paid to the genocidal character of the war from the Biafran perspective.
Tony, 58, pictured, who was born in West Hartlepool, attended Barnard Castle School from 1970 to 1972, for his A Level studies, while his father worked in Nigeria as chief superintendent of police during the Biafran War.
1970: Nigeria's 30-month civil war ended when the secessionist Biafran army surrendered.
He uses air travel to place diverse topics such as the Berlin Air Lift of 1948 and the relief of Biafran rebels in Nigeria in 1967 in a global perspective as well as opening up new ways of understanding the relationship between air travel and local events.
This informed government policies up to, and beyond, the Biafran war.