Remembering January 15 from the perspective of the Fallen Heros in Nigeria

War, irrespective of the causes, the strengths and weaknesses of the parties involved, there are losses at the end of it. The first world war 1914-1918 and the second world war 1939-1945 left several experiences on the parties that were involved.

The Nigeria civil war (Nigeria-Biafran war) from  July 6, 1967, to 15 January 1970 was between the Federal Government of Nigeria under the military rule of General Yakubu Gowon and the successionist state of Biafra led by col. Odumegwu Ojukwu, the then military Governor of the eastern part of the country.

Today, January 15, is a historic day for Nigerians. Its a day mutinous soldiers led by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Ifeanyi Emmanuel staged the first military coup in the country. The movement killed 22 people, including the prime minister of Nigeria and many top politicians in the country. The coup was a result of a lack of administrative competence and corruption in the civil service.

January 15, 1970, was also the day the two years, 6 months, 1 week and 2 days Nigeria Biafran civil war came to a stop. The civil war was a result of political, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions. The immediate causes as explained by major col. Ojukwu was the 1966 ethnoreligious riot in the northern part of the country.

The civil war which ended a day like this had more than 90,000 soldiers killed and two million civilians perished. The war had much support from developed countries, the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Ethiopia, and Senegal supported the Nigerian government while France, Spain, West Germany, Portugal ivory, etc gave their support to the successionist state. Biafra.

A day like this needs to be remembered and celebrated. It is a day heroes were massacred before their families. A day some set of people thought killing others will put an end to corruption. It is a day of sorrow for families of those killed in the coup and a day of celebration for freedom to eat and keep living up to the nature of life without fear. It is a day the civil war ended.

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