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The Memories Of Biafra Cannot Be Erased By The Intentional Removal Of History From School Curriculum – Wole Soyinka

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The Recollections Of Biafra Can not Be Erased By The Intentional Elimination Of Historical past From Faculty Curriculum – Wole Soyinka Wole Soyinka The Promine…

The Recollections Of Biafra Can not Be Erased By The Intentional Elimination Of Historical past From Faculty Curriculum – Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka

The Outstanding Yoruba born laureate made this assertion on twentieth November, 2022 throughout a speech on the twenty fourth annual Lagos Ebook and Arts Competition, which was organized by “Ebook Kraft” .

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Recall that, from the lecturers’ yr 2009–2010, the federal authorities of Nigeria, out of their egocentric intentions, withdrew historical past from the nation’s faculties’ Curriculum. And, one main downside that got here with this singular motion, is the case of Identification Disaster current in a number of elements of Nigeria at present, particularly among the many individuals of the nation’s South South Area, the place the youths and youngsters have all forgotten who they’re and what Ethnic group they belong to. 

Most Igbo individuals within the Anioma a part of Delta State, immediately identifies as “Niger Deltans” – Phrases they don’t even know its that means. 

The shortage of Historical past amongst most youths immediately has led them into believing Late Gen. Chukwuemeka Odumegu Ojukwu began a battle in 1967 towards Nigeria, when, in actual fact, Ojukwu was solely doing what was mandated for the protection of his individuals and generations to come back. 

The Biafra Genocide, principally disguised and referred to as the Nigeria-Biafra Conflict, is a serious purpose for the elimination of Historical past in Nigerian faculties. It was an intentional transfer by the Nigeria Authorities and their Masters, the Britain Authorities. The goal is to maintain the current and future generations of Biafrans in ignorance as a option to cowl up their deeds towards the older generations of Biafrans. 

However it is vitally evident that even with the elimination of Historical past from Faculties, Biafrans can’t be fooled, and the spirit and historical past of Biafra can by no means be eradicated. 

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The Nobel Prize Winner, Wole Soyinka, has reinstated this reality within the just lately concluded “Lagos Ebook and Arts Competition”. Sighting that the elimination of historical past from the Nigerian college’s curriculum by the federal government is a felony and intentional act. 

 

In Soyinka’s personal very phrases, He stated; “Collective reminiscence is the important thing, as a result of it’s that reminiscence which is expounded to the mechanisms of relating actuality to no matter narrative is given to us. It’s way more essential, and it’s extra harmful as a result of you will get trapped in it as a result of it’s collected as a neighborhood exercise and a few of that, I believe, it is occurring to us right here in Nigeria”.

“I’m referring in fact to Biafra”, he particularly famous! 

“The collective reminiscence there may be robust, even earlier than the battle, I warned that this collective reminiscence may stay to plague efforts at nation constructing, and that subsequently, the whole lot must be performed to keep away from that battle”. “After I use the expressions like, “Biafra can by no means be defeated and may by no means be wiped away, individuals thought I used to be speaking about simply the battlefield. I used to be speaking about, a notion, a ardour which enters collective recollections in lively life, not simply as a previous narrative. That is what I used to be warning towards. And we’re seeing it immediately”, Soyinka stated. 

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“Authorities one way or the other undertook the felony act of eradicating historical past from faculties, one thing I by no means believed might ever occur to us. The federal government truly stopped educating of historical past in faculties. So naive, so silly as to not acknowledge that there’s something referred to as reminiscence, collective recollections, lively reminiscence within the current.”

“If the aim was to obliterate the battle or recollections of the battle, what about occasions that led as much as the battle? What in regards to the place, the narrative of existence in relation to the outer world? How do you obliterate these, for heaven’s sake? But, individuals sat down and went about their enterprise once they eliminated historical past from the curriculum. That’s what I imply by saying that we should at all times adjudicate the current by historical past, by the collective reminiscence.”

“On the identical time, nonetheless, we should take care to not develop into prisoners of that collective reminiscence. That member should be capable of use our collective recollections in a progressive, productive, inventive, and superior manner”.

These phrases the Professor must be a warning to the Nigeria Authorities; they need to cease preventing a battle they can not win, even in 1,000,000 years.

The Biafra Spirit lives on. And the sooner the federal government of Nigeria accepts this, the higher it’s for them.

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Nigerian Authorities ought to launch Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in keeping with the pronouncements of the court docket, and in addition launch all different Biafrans which have been illegally kidnapped and detained by Nigerian safety brokers. As a result of, come what might, the Restoration Of The Sovereign State Of Biafra Can’t be Stopped. 

Written by Chidiebere Obulose

Edited by Chizobam E. Olise

For Household Writers Press Worldwide

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