Friday, May 26, 2017

SV: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Speech: Reflections And Hopes On Biafra

8. At the end of the war, in spite of a policy of no victor no vanquished by the Government of General Yakubu Gowon, an unconscionable policy of impoverishment of Biafrans was unleashed by the federal government. Every bank deposit of Biafrans that had encountered a transaction whether by deposit or withdrawal was reduced to £20. Massive savings were completely wiped out -Chief John Nnia Nwodo.

The cold fact which this Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo, and his cohorts have refused to recognise is that all Bank transactions in Biafra were illegal and of no value in Nigeria at the end of the war. No Igbo person who had bank account in Nigeria at the end of the war had his/her deposit reduced to £20. The £20 was a social benefit created for every Igbo that wanted it and it is totally dishonest to interpret it as a substitute or an exchange for Biafran bank deposit and regardless of the amount in the account. The Biafran Major General Philip Effiong was asked by the Drum Magazine of April 1970, "What do you suggest the Government should do about the rebel currency?" General Efiong answered, "It is not the fault of the ordinary people of the East Central State that they have what used to be known as Biafran currency. The people had no choice. Something must be done so that the ordinary man should not suffer. ...//... Even if you gave a man who lost £100 a mere £10 then he would appreciate that the Government cares for him (p. 312-313, Nigeria and Biafra: My Story By Philip Effiong)." It is noteworthy that the East Central State referred to by Effiong contains today's Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.

S. Kadiri


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