Sunday, June 4, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - 1970 Biafra surrenders to Nigeria


Biafra surrenders to Nigeria

"The Republic of Biafra, a breakaway state of eastern Nigeria, surrenders to Nigeria after three years of costly fighting.
"This is the official surrender ceremony that ended the Nigeria-Biafra civil war. At Dodan Barracks the Nigerian head of State Major-General Yakubu Gowon shook hands with surviving senior Biafran officers that were presented to him by Colonel Olusegun Obasanjo. Obsanjo said the Biafran officers were reporting for "reassignment and redeployment". Gowon greeted the leader of Biafra's delegation Phillip Effiong with the words "how are you my friend?"

Effiong closed his surrender statement with "we are loyal Nigerian citizens, and accept the authority of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria...the Republic of Biafra hereby ceases to exist..." (applause)"

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