Facing An Unequal World: The 1967-70 Civil War In Nigeria, Its Causes, Consequences and Implications On The Biafran Side Of The War In Contemporary Nigeria

Friday, July 18, 2014: 9:00 AM
Room: Booth 50
Oral Presentation
SHORT ABSRACT: The paper examines the causes and effects of the 1967-70 Civil War on the Biafrian side of the country, even decades after the actual war.

LONG ABSTRACT: Violent conflicts of inter and intra state wars of myraid conceptualization have become synonymous with post colonial states in Africa. The Nigerian-Biafra war of 1967-70 tooka genocidal dimension in which the killing of people on the Biafran side of the war  became a state industry. These dcecimations took the features of a pogrom against the "Biafrans" which resulted in millions of people of that side of the country examinated in the war.

This paper, therefore, analyses the causative factors of the war, the consequences of the war in terms of the massive human deaths, the refugees' problems and the excruciating economic and social aftermath of the war on the then citizens of Biafra and Nigerins in general. The paper argues that even in the comtemporary globalization world of today, the people from the major tribe that costituted victims of the secessionist war still suffers from unequal treatment in the present Nigerian socio-political context, being a hangover of the Nigerian-Biafra civil war of post-independence Nigeria.