The Nigerian Civil War,also known as Nigerian-Biafran war was a civil war in Nigeria f ought between the government of Nigeria and the secessionist state of Biafra from July 6,1967 to January 15, 1970. Biafra represented nationalist from the Igbo people,the leaders of the Igbo people felt they could no longer coexist with the Northern-dominated federal government.This conflict emanated from political,economic,ethnic,cultural and religious tensions.
In 2015,the incumbent president of Nigeria,Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP lost the presidential election to General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress.Jonathan was widely supported by the Igbo extraction who saw him as one of their own.General Buhari recorded a low percentage of votes from the South east.The Igbos feel they are marginalized in the government of Muhammadu buhari who took over the mantle of leadership on 29th May,2015 and was re-elected in 2019.There was joy when the president made a statement saying “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”since that statement was made the Igbos have continued to complain of marginalization group the Indigenous people Of Biafra(IPOB) lead by the leader and director of Radio BIafra,Mazi Nnamdi Kanu renewed the agitation for the restoration of Biafra.On October 19;2015,kanu was arrested by Nigerian security forces on charges of “Sedition,ethnic incitement and treasonable felony” in response to his arrest there were protest by Pro-Biafran supporters who protested in the eastern parts of Nigeria to push for his release due to rising tensions in the region,the Nigerian Army staged “operation python dance” which saw clashes between the Nigerian Army and Pro-Biafran protesters.Kanu was later released by a court with certain bail conditions. one of the people who was part of his bail includes Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.The Senator is known to always speak up for the Igbos in the National Assembly.During a clash between Nigerian Army and IPOB suooorters in Afara-Ukwu,Abia state,Kanu disappeared ,this lead to tensions and questions as to whereabouts of the IPOB leader.The federal government had since tagged the group a “terrorist Organization”. Kanu resurfaced after a longtime out,he has since made series of accusations on the Nigerian government in his several radio broadcast