The Pride Of Black Race By Odumegwu Ojukwu

In Ojukwu’s first post war speech in February 1994 at the Lagos Law school he said the following :

”The war has come and gone but we remember with pride and hope, the three heady years of freedom.* *These were the three years when we had the opportunity to demonstrate what Nigeria would have been even before 1970.

In the three years of war, necessity gave birth to invention. During those three years, we built bombs, we built rockets, we designed and built our own delivery system. We guided our rockets, we guided them far and guided them accurately.* *For three years, blockaded without the hope of imports, we maintained engines, machines and technical equipments. The state extracted and refined petrol with our own indigenous technology called the ‘The Biafran pot ‘. Individuals refined petrol in their backyards gardens. We built and maintained airports and air strips.

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We maintained them under heavy bombardment. We spoke to the world through a telecommunication system engineered by local ingenuity. The world heard us and spoke back at us. We built armoured tanks and cars. We modified aircraft from trainers to fighters, from passenger aircraft to bombers. In three years of freedom, we became the most civilized, the most technologically advanced black people on earth”.

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