Biafra: Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka.

The question begging for answers are, why are people, criticizing Chinua Achebe for speaking the simple truth in his latest book (There Was A Country).Well people are entitled to their opinion/views. For me, Chinua Achebe simply reinstated the obvious truth about the genocide committed against the Igbos, before, during and after the war. Some have gone as far as calling him all sorts of name, etc. Greater majority of this name calling and criticisms are coming from my Yoruba brothers etc, simply because Chinua Achebe blamed Awolowo in his book for most of the pains and problems that the Igbos went thru. The same critics of Chinua Achebe have forgotten that our own Kongi, Wole Soyinka was jailed by the Gowon government (which Awololo was the part of), for crossing over to Biafran side during the war and for speaking out against the atrocities, committed against the Igbos. Hope people could still find Wole Soyinka’s book about the civil war and also read it. Glad also that Soyinka physically went to Enugu to pay his last tribute to our leader, Ikemba Nnewi, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Perhaps, Gowon should come out and tell the world his role in the genocide against the Igbos. Since he is leading a prayer/praying group, this would be a better opportunity for him to lay the matter to rest, that is, if he is serious with this praying project. It’s never too late, after all, Chinua Achebe just released his Biafran war memoirs. C.V.Akuta UK. Note: Please, click on this web link and sign the petition, requesting the United Nations to apologize to Igbos.

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