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DISCOVER NIGERIA: No Victor, No Vanquished

By Nehi Igbinijesu.

On January 12 1970, the 30-month Nigerian Civil War was brought to a close with the capture of Radio Biafra by Colonel Olusegun Obasanjo and, his acceptance of a formal surrender from the Biafran Forces by General Phillip Effiong on that day. The Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon went on to declare that there was “no victor no vanquished’ and granted a blanket amnesty to majority of those who took part in the Biafran insurrection.

Most Igbo’s lost their properties outside the Eastern region during the war but forged ahead, with entrepreneurial zeal to become a force to be reckoned with – in international commerce, transport and merchandise. Often referred to as having their ancestry in Israel, they have shown a depth of resilience that can be emulated; they did not lose themselves, they were not vanquished.

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