Tag Archives: Biafra

The Trouble with Nigeria: The 10 Original Sins

Recently I was asked to explain the dysfunction in Nigeria, my answer referenced Chinua Achebe’s 1983 book, ‘The Trouble with Nigeria’ in which he stated that ‘The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership’. This analysis is … Continue reading

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The Kaduna Declaration and IPOB: Igbos in the middle

On May 30th 2017, the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Biafra from the former Eastern Region, neo Biafran groups IPOB and a faction of MASSOB ordered their supporters to sit at home for what they termed … Continue reading

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How to Create An Insurgency (2): Exercise Python Dance and 50 years of Biafra

Of the numerous issues facing Nigeria, it appears that the Nigerian government feels there are not enough. Agitation in South East Nigeria for the restoration of the former secessionist Republic of Biafra has seen a resurgence particularly before and after … Continue reading

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January 15th: 19 Things I learnt from this Day

January 15th is Armed Forces Day, Nigeria’s Remembrance Day. It commemorates Nigeria’s fallen in all its conflicts from WW1 to Op Lafiya Dole. Unlike in the UK or other countries it does not have as much relevance amongst civil society, … Continue reading

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SOUTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 06 February 2016

28 January Gunmen attacked a 24 inch Agip Manifold carrying gas and crude oil in KPONGBOKIRI, BRASS LGA, BAYELSA State with small arms and explosives causing a large oil spill, leading to a drop in production of 16,000 barrels according … Continue reading

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BIAFRA: Counter Revolutionary/ Counter Insurgency Strategies

This series has looked at the operational and strategic lessons of the Nigerian Civil War, the reasons behind Biafra’s successes and defeat and how a present day violent revolutionary secessionist effort would proceed. Following on from the conclusion of the … Continue reading

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BIAFRA: What if the Civil War was to Reoccur?

In this series we have looked at the operational and strategic lessons of the Nigerian Civil War, this instalment analyses how a secessionist effort would be conducted today. As discussed previously, Biafra’s military defeat was a result of strategic decisions … Continue reading

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