The Biafran War Lord, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was an intelligent and a bright army officer known to be good with words.
Though the Nigerian Civil War that lasted for three years (1967-1970) was not foreseen to last this long. It was devastating and it ravaged the country. Every nooks and crannies of Nigeria felt the heat of the Biafran War.
However before General Ojukwu, the Biafran leader, fled to Cote d’Ivoire on January 9, 1970, on exile, he made an unprecedented speech which has shown that the former Biafran territory and its people have improved on themselves technologically and have advance beyond reasonable thought during the war.
In his speech, it reveals that the restrictions and blockade put on the Biafran people was to some extent to their own advantage, the chips were down at this moments of the three years of war and the Igbo people fell back to innovative and creative means to make a new system of doing virtually everything and it worked for them and is still working till date.
Below was the words of Ojukwu in his last speech;
“In the three years of the war, necessity gave birth to inventions. During those three years of heroic bound, we leapt across the great chasm that separates knowledge from know-how. We built rockets, and we designed and built our own delivery systems. We guided our rockets, we guided them far, and we guided them accurately.
For three years, blockaded without hope of import, we maintained all our vehicles. The state extracted and refined petrol, individuals’ refined petrol in their back gardens. We built and maintained our airports, maintained them under heavy bombardment.
Despite the heavy bombardment, we recover so quickly after each raid that we were able to maintain the record for the busiest airport in the continent of Africa. We spoke to the world through the telecommunication system engineered by local ingenuity; the world heard us and spoke back to us.
We built armored car tanks. We modified aircraft from trainer to fighters, from passenger aircraft to bombers. In the three years of freedom, we had broken the technological barrier.
In three years, we became the most civilized; the most technologically advanced black people on earth.”
No wonder an average Igbo man is very creative, industrious and business oriented. Nigeria as a nation has enjoyed some of these innovations made by their Igbo brothers and it clearly tells that we need one other.
What do you think about Ojukwu’s speech? I don’t think they are mere says because his assertions are evident with fact in Igbos society today and Nigeria at large.
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