Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

 

Igbo Irredentism Not Good For Igbos

Irredentism (from Italian irredento for “unredeemed”) is any political or popular movement intended to reclaim and reoccupy an area that the movement’s members consider “lost” or “unredeemed”.

Photos: “Hungry Biafran children” suffering from kwashiorkor (a form of malnutrition and starvation caused by protein deficiency in the diet, which affected young Biafran – ‘Igbo children’ during the Nigeria-Biafra War 1967-1970) | A result of Nigerian blockade of Biafra leading to the “Biafran enclave” and diminished situation, which quickened the end of the war.

Photo artwork: Biafran leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and his kwashiorkor children at Uli Airport during the Nigeria-Biafra War, 1967-1970 | Igbo Focus.

These territorial claims are justified on the basis of real or imagined national and historic or ethnic affiliations. It is often advocated by nationalist and pan-nationalist movements and has been a feature of identity politics and cultural and political geography.

An irredentist is a person advocating the restoration to their country of any territory formerly belonging to it.

Irredentism has its historic root in the 19th century Italian politics. An irredentist is an advocate of the return to Italy of all Italian-speaking districts subject to other countries.

An Igbo irredentist is a person advocating the restoration to Biafra of yore (1967-1970) which was embroiled in a bloody fratricidal civil war with Nigeria (the Nigeria-Biafra War).

Irredentism refers to the return of any territory formerly belonging to the irredentist – the Biafran or the Igbo man or Igbo woman – a former citizen of Eastern Region of Nigeria that became Biafra on May 30, 1967.

The Biafran flag.

Igbo irredentists of southeast Nigeria have used many vehicles to advance their quest for a sovereign and independent state of Biafra from Nigeria – as envisioned by the late progenitor of Biafra himself – the late Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

The Nigerian state has always frowned at the mention of Biafra, only because, there is the fear that Nigeria will break up if the secession of the Igbos from Nigeria is allowed to happen.

Have the Igbo irredentists or Biafra separatists or Pro-Biafra agitators rested on there oars?

Photo: The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Biafra separatist agitators and matchers protesting in Igboland (southeast Nigeria) | Matching, agitating and protesting “Igbo marginalization” and desire to secede from Nigeria to have their own homeland – The Republic of Biafra carved out of Nigeria.

Igbo irredentists and their Biafra separatist agitations are putting the lives of 2 million Igbos who reside outside the southeast of Nigeria (mostly in northern Nigeria) at risk.

Watch out for the book IGBO IRREDENTISM by Nnamdi Ebo – coming soon to bookshops and online . . .

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