It was on this day in 1967, that our forebears who had endured & survived several anti-Igbo massacres in Nigeria, since atleast 1953, decided that enough was enough! Igbo si n’nani osisi nuru n’aga egbu ya, kwuru; thus the chief and elders of the Eastern republic, as well as the masses of the East through the Eastern consultative assembly, mandated their leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, to proclaim a new black African republic. The new republic was going to protect all Ndigbo and their Eastern relatives from incessant ethnic pogroms such as the 1966 anti-Igbo pogrom in Northern Nigeria (the last stroke that broke the camels back). On the 6th of July, 1967 the British backed Federal Government of Nigeria declared war on the new nation. Naturally, our forebears had to defend themselves in their new nation. That is why this most tragic event in our history ought to be known and referred to, atleast by Ndigbo, as the “Biafran war of self-defense”, not a so called “brothers war” and definitely not a “civil war”. There was nothing civil about the war! The combined forces of over a dozen nations, blockaded then bombed and starved our relatives to their painful deaths. More than the bombs, it was Nigeria’ policy of starvation that wrecked the greatest havoc in Biafra, for its main targets weren’t the soldiers but the innocent children of Biafra. The whole generation were wiped out without any remorse nor remembrance till this day. It is thus our duty as the descendants of the relatives of that lost generation, to remember them today and always! We shall never forget!