Why We Crave For Biafra
Why We Crave For Biafra – Igwenazor Chinaemerem
Across the globe, the mention of the name Biafra evokes mixed emotions. While many desire to see everything relating to Biafra dead and buried, others look up to and work in their own way towards its realization yet a given group are unconcerned about Biafra. This country that existed once upon a time has her history negatively published by many a pretenders. Unfortunately, no accurate knowledge could be forever hidden or suppressed, we that the Biafran blood runs in their veins are armed with the facts and figures of her history. We shall tell it to the world unadulterated and with absolute vocality.
Going down history lane to recount the bravery or dark side of this once a great nation is not the focal point of this piece. However, in retrospect, there are iconic feats recorded in her 30 months of existence and at a period of war that many nation in Africa and beyond has not equaled in time of peace and abundance of both human and material resources.
In Biafra we saw the unquantifiable zest of youthful leadership. There was a great blend of leadership and followership. The key leaders of this great nation were all young men and women who gave an excellent account of themselves in their assigned duties and roles.
In Biafra we saw the direct utility of academic knowledge in solving societal challenges. The exploits of the Biafran ROF is still a puzzle to students of history and men of positive critical ability. The fulcrum of inventions and national management was masterminded by vibrant academics and thinkers. In Biafra, these men in just thirty  months were able to conceptualize, develop and launch rockets. They invented the disastrous Ogbunigwe, the first of its kind among air to ground missiles. These missiles locally built, deployed and guided accurately even to far targets. In Biafra, they refined the crude oil via Biafran pot – a brand of modular refinery, we built armored cars, converted passenger planes to jet fighters and Biafra gave the world an airport under tick forest – the Uli Airport.
In Biafra, we conceptualized and deployed our supply chain delivery system and it was functional. What about communication? In Biafra we interacted with the world via the airwave without a single standing Radio house. Yes we linked with the world via a locally engineered ingenuity.
In Biafra we survived on #20 [twenty pounds]. No other ethnic nationality has equaled this feat. At the end of the war with Biafraland totally destroyed and ravaged by war, irrespective of the amount a Biafran citizen had in their bank account, a paltry #20 [twenty pounds] was given to each. Yet after 45 years of the war, Igbos own the biggest businesses across the land and breadth of Nigeria. If we survived with #20 after the war, we can do much better when Biafra comes.
Just look at it, a nation who could assemble her citizens to produce war arsenals like Ogbunigwe and also built armored vehicles, if they have gone a step forward by now, among the nations of the earth, they would be among the exporters of military hardwares. Yes the above and many more reasons are the reasons why we long for the re-birth of the nation Biafra. It beats my imagination that all these feats were achieved solely by black people in the African soil some forty-five  years ago. The question is what happened to the men who gave birth to all these feats? What about their classified documents?
Biafra lost the genocidal war, no apology. For whatsoever reason that gave rise to the war, it ended with the slogan – No Victor No Vanquished. If the above is true, why was all the documents detailing the manufacturing of the military hardware missing till date? These landmark achievements were in the field of science and technology where Nigeria is still lagging behind till date. If those ideas were adopted and refined, perhaps the landscape of Nigeria would have been different forty-five  years on. Unfortunately, the crop of Biafran think tank left Nigeria and flourished in the Western world.
If Biafra comes today, I assure you that in the same thirty  months on, the scientific and technological feats of Biafra during the civil war will be resurrected and turned into a big time business empire serving the new nation. The good thing is that that same blood that ran in those who spearheaded the war-time discoveries is now mature in thousands of men and women in Igbo land today.