CFR Africa Center for Strategic Studies Jamestown Foundation [24] French-aligned Gabon and Côte d'Ivoire recognised Biafra in May 1968. West Africa. CFR Blog, "Africa in Transition" The charities Oxfam and Save the Children Fund were soon deployed, with large sums of money at their disposal. After the group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in March 2015, the United States boosted its military assistance and deployed three hundred troops to Nigeria in an effort to help in the fight against Boko Haram. [84] Of the 7 officers killed, 4 were northerners, two were from the southeast, 1 was from the midwest and 1 was a Igbo. August 20, 2018, Claire Felter [136], Britain backed the Federal Government but, when the war broke out, cautioned them not to damage British oil installations in the East. The Nigerian Civil war was the culmination of a series of events set off by a seething keg of gun powder lit on fire by the selfish ambition of a few men with more zeal than foresight. The division was led mostly by northern officers. [99], The deluge of refugees in Eastern Nigeria created a difficult situation. [101][102], On 30 May 1967, Ojukwu declared independence of the Republic of Biafra. The USSR in Third World Conflicts: Soviet Arms and Diplomacy in Local Wars 1945–1980, 1986, p. 91. December 13, 2017, Detainees Suspected of Ties to Boko Haram Begin Secret Trials, John Campbell Violence spread throughout the country and some began to flee the North and West, some to Dahomey. Jamestown Foundation By contrast the richest of the Igbo often sent their sons to British universities, thinking to prepare them to work with the British. [146] Through Pierre Laureys, France had apparently provided two B-26s, Alouette helicopters, and pilots. May 2018, Boko Haram’s Senegalese Foreign Fighters: Cases, Trends and Implications, Jacob Zenn [134] In turn, this increased the importance of Nigerian oil to Britain, which was cheaper than oil from the Persian Gulf. [124] Out of a fear of a coup, Ojukwu created several units such as the S Brigade commanded by himself and the 4th Commando Brigade commanded by the German mercenary Rolf Steiner that existed outside of the regular chain of command. Heerten & Moses, "The Nigeria–Biafra War" (2014), p. 177. This was noticed and thankfully acknowledged by the Nigerian government.". This was due to the pre-secession arrangement that all soldiers should return to their regions to stop the spate of killings, in which Igbo soldiers had been major victims. ", Uche, "Oil, British Interests and the Nigerian Civil War" (2008), p. 130. Where Exactly is the Islamic State in West Africa? Levey, "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra civil war" (2014), p. 280. The blockade imposed during the ensuing stalemate led to mass starvation. CFR Blog, “Africa in Transition” December 8, 2017. Where the British public used humanitarianism to negotiate the shift from formal empire to responsible power, the changing role of Irish Catholic missionaries reflected the need to re-articulate the Irish 'spiritual empire' for this new world. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari meets with some of the twenty-one Chibok school girls during their visit to the presidential villa in Aduja, Nigeria on October 18, 2016. ", Levey, "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra civil war" (2014), pp. Hello there..! Population pressure in the Igbo homeland, combined with aspirations for monetary wages, drove thousands of Igbos to other parts of Nigeria in search of work. New York Times The government declared an arms embargo but maintained arms shipments to Biafra under cover of humanitarian aid. Jamestown Foundation [104] The blockade, which most foreign actors accepted, played a decisive role in putting Biafra at a disadvantage from the beginning of the war. [163] The British-trained Nigerian military tended to be distrustful of the Soviet Union, but the Soviet ambassador in Lagos, Alexander Romanov, a gregarious and friendly man as well as a shrewd diplomat, established an excellent rapport with Gowon and persuaded him that accepting Soviet weapons would not mean subjection to the Soviet Union. Foreign Affairs After a peak in Boko Haram–related violence in 2014 and 2015, the number of casualties attributed to the group fell dramatically. 109. Heerten & Moses, "The Nigeria–Biafra War" (2014), p. 176. "It took time, however, for popular attention to focus on the crisis. The Biafrans set up an office in Paris called the 'Biafran Historical Research Centre', which was Ojukwu's contact point with Mauricheau-Beupré, Falques and Denard. "Thus northern privilege and political hegemony became the dual. [223] The attitude of ethnic minorities in Biafra towards the conflict were initially divided early in the war, having suffered the same fate as Igbos in the North held the same fear and dread as Igbos. October 25, 2017, Lake Chad region: Boko Haram’s Renewed Campaign Sparks Sharp Rise in Civilian Deaths, Amnesty International October 11, 2019, Dionne Searcey August 11, 2016, John Campbell The USSR became a competitive importer of Nigerian cacao. NewsNow aims to be the world’s most accurate and comprehensive Naija news aggregator, bringing you the latest headlines on Nigeria automatically and continuously 24/7. Resentment of politicians ran high and many campaigners feared for their safety while touring the country. The pogroms in the North in 1966 were indiscriminately directed against people from Eastern Nigeria. New York Times Interestingly, the new Mid-Western Region, dominated by minorities also had prospects for oil exploration.". [103], The Federal Military Government immediately placed an embargo on all shipping to and from Biafra—but not on oil tankers. December 19, 2018, Doing Business in Nigeria's Northeast, the Land of Boko Haram, John Campbell March 25, 2019, Center for Strategic and International Studies [62] This proposal for inclusion of right of secession by the regions in independent Nigeria by the AG was rejected and resisted by NCNC which vehemently argued for a tightly bound united/unitary structured nation because it viewed the provision of a secession clause as detrimental to the formation of a Unitary Nigerian state. The final Nigerian offensive, named "Operation Tail-Wind", was launched on 7 January 1970 with the 3rd Marine Commando Division attacking, and supported by the 1st Infantry division to the north and the 2nd Infantry division to the south. [203], In Israel, the Holocaust comparison was promoted, as was the theme of threat from hostile Muslim neighbors. "Realising their slim chances on the battlefield, the Biafran leadership moved the conflict into the propaganda domain. As the war continued, the Nigerian Army recruited amongst a wider area, including the Yoruba, Itshekiri, Urhobo, Edo, Ijaw, etc. President Charles de Gaulle referred to "Biafra's just and noble cause". [...] The Katangan secession was ultimately unsuccessful, and thus it is a surprise that de Gaulle's government would support another secession in Biafra four years later. The Nigerians were repulsed three times as they attempted to cross the River Niger during October, resulting in the loss of thousands of troops, dozens of tanks and equipment. He said Nigeria “is not only at war but also is in a war zone”. [citation needed], The Nigerian Army in 1967 was completely unready for war. It is thus not whether he is making sense or not […] The Biafrans came under immediate fire from the water and the air. [221], Ethnic minorities (Ibibio, Ijaw, Ikwerre, Ogoni and others) made up approximately 40% of the Biafran population in 1966. By 20 October, Garrison's forces withdrew from the battle while Col. Ogi officially surrendered to Gen. Adekunle. He was a Northerner, a Christian, from a minority tribe, and had a good reputation within the army. "The prolific independent scholar Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is perhaps the most outspoken articulator of this paradigm, which also depicts the Nigerian state as a prison house of nations, especially for the Igbo. Levey, "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra civil war" (2014), pp. At the same time, this territory had to absorb increasing numbers of people fleeing federal offensives. In 1970, this figure doubled to 1,080,000 barrels/day. In Britain that occurred only after 12 June 1968, when a film broadcast on ITV and a press campaign led by the. June 21, 2019. On this basis the Northern Region was allocated a majority of the seats in the Federal Legislature established by the colonial authorities. Interim president Alain Poher fired General Jacques Foccart, the lead coordinator of France's Africa policy. p.152, "The first evidence came when the East started to recruit young men into the army. August 17, 2016, Explaining Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its violent insurgency, Mike Smith As part of the effort to get the Biafran leadership to change its mind, the Federal government placed a shipping embargo on the territory. May 16, 2019, Stabilizing Northeast Nigeria After Boko Haram, Saskia Brechenmacher East & North Africa, Independent Huts and sheds are seen at the Gamboru/Ngala internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Borno, Nigeria on April 27, 2017. Luckily for Shell-BP, prior to the war, it had planned a second terminal off Forcados, which was in Federal territory. This reasoning was also extended to Igbo-owned properties and houses. CFR Blog, "Africa in Transition" Extensive negotiations took place between Ojukwu, representing Eastern Nigeria, and Gowon, representing the Nigerian Federal military government. May 24, 2019, Beware of Early Announcements for Nigeria's Election, John Campbell ", Griffin, "French military policy in the Nigerian Civil War" (2015), p. 124. [80], Using the "martial races" theory first developed under the Raj in 19th century India, the British had decided that peoples from northern Nigeria such as the Hausa, Kiv, and Kanuri were the hard "martial races" whose recruitment was encouraged while the peoples from southern Nigeria such as the Igbos and the Yoruba were viewed as too soft to make for good soldiers and hence their recruitment was discouraged. It was claimed that the foreigners were captured fighting alongside Nigerians against Biafran troops and that they assisted Nigerians in constructing roads to aid them in their operations against Biafra. While at Columbia, Mayrock worked as a photographer for the Spectator sports department. In February 2018, more than one hundred students were kidnapped by a faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa. [48], In contrast to the Hausa-Fulani, the Igbos and other Biafrans often participated directly in the decisions which affected their lives. The Belgians were helping Tshombé fight Congolese forces loyal to Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, who was supported by the Soviet Union. The Knesset publicly debated this issue on 17 and 22 July 1968, winning applause from the press for its sensitivity. But Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin stated to their chagrin in October 1967 that "the Soviet people fully understand" Nigeria's motives and its need "to prevent the country from being dismembered. Out of the thousands of intellects and professors, the yorubas chose to follow this drug dealer. The conflict resulted from poli… "In early May 1968, Biafra's principal port town and remaining access to the sea, Port Harcourt, fell to federal forces. This Sultan was regarded as the source of all political power and religious authority. [106] The heavy supply of weapons by Britain was the biggest factor in determining the outcome of the war. The other event that also fuelled the so-called "Igbo conspiracy" was the killing of Northern leaders, and the killing of the Brigader Ademulegun's pregnant wife by the coup executioners.[38]. August 23, 2016, The Wives of Boko Haram: The Women Who Willingly Married Militants, Hilary Matfess 318–319. However in 1969, the Biafrans launched several offensives against the Nigerians in their attempts to keep the Nigerians off-balance starting in March when the 14th Division of the Biafran army recaptured Owerri and moved towards Port Harcourt, but were halted just north of the city. July 2016, Mohammed Aly Sergie and Toni Johnson Brookings Institution May 21, 2019, Facing the Challenge of the Islamic State in West Africa Province, International Crisis Group [89] Aguyi-Ironsi rejected a British offer of military support but promised to protect British interests. [104] In the assessment of a CIA analyst in 1970, France's "support was actually given to a handful of Biafran bourgeoisie in return for the oil. This was considered an opportune time to develop this relationship with the federal government. Before, during and after the slaughter, Col. Gowon could be heard over the radio issuing 'guarantees of safety' to all Easterners, all citizens of Nigeria, but the intent of the soldiers, the only power that counts in Nigeria now or then, was painfully clear. "Malnutrition affects adults less than children, half of whom have now died, reports Debrel, who also describes the reorganisation of the Biafran army after the 1968 defeats, making it a "political" army of 110,000 men; its automatic weapons, (...)". [205] The televised disaster and the rising NGOs mutually enhanced each other; NGOs maintained their own communications networks and played a significant role in shaping news coverage. [184], The American Community to Keep Biafra Alive stood apart from other organizations by quickly creating a broad strategy for pressuring the American government into taking a more active role in facilitating relief. Western powers were also involved in the war, with Britain and the then Soviet Union backing Nigeria, while France and a few other countries supported Biafra. Even with its limited resources, Nigeria was able to organise a successful blockade without gaping holes or long interruptions—mostly because other governments or companies were ready to acquiesce to Lagos' handling of the matter. [225] Great suspicion was directed towards ethnic minorities and opponents of Biafra, with 'combing' exercises conducted to sift these communities for saboteurs, or 'sabo,' as they were commonly branded. [112] The same problems that afflicted the Federal Army also affected the Biafran Army even more whose officer corps were based around former Federal Igbo officers. [148] France also sold Panhard armoured vehicles to the Nigerian federal government. Griffin, "French military policy in the Nigerian Civil War" (2015), pp. [162], Gulf Oil Nigeria, the third major player in Nigerian oil, was producing 9% of the oil coming out of Nigeria before the war began. [236] Laws were passed mandating that political parties could not be ethnically or tribally based; however, it has been hard to make this work in practice. CFR Council Special Report [91][38] On 24 May 1966, the military government issued Unification Decree #34, which would have replaced the federation with a more centralised system. CFR Blog, "Africa in Transition" [203] Returning as a freelance journalist in 1968, Forysth worked closely with the Irish Holy Ghost Fathers to collect information about the famine, and whose dispatches from Biafra had an immense impact on British public opinion. Political decisions were to be submitted to. After facing unexpectedly fierce resistance and high casualties, the right-hand Nigerian column advanced on the town of Nsukka, which fell on 14 July, while the left-hand column made for Garkem, which was captured on 12 July. It did not escape the notice of worldwide Christian organisations that the Biafrans were Christian and the northern Nigerians controlling the federal government were Muslim. He then abolished the regional confederated form of government and pursued unitary like policies favoured by the NCNC, having apparently been influenced by some NCNC political philosophy. The situation did not look promising for Biafra's propagandists in the international sphere, either. [45] The political and social system of the Yoruba accordingly allowed for greater upward mobility, based on acquired rather than inherited wealth and title. March 21, 2016, Borno Governor Launches State-Level Initiatives to Fight Boko Haram, John Campbell FILE - Nigerian military prepare to cordon an area around Maiduguri, Nigeria, Feb. 16, 2019. Pierri, "A New Entry into the World Oil Market" (2013), pp. [192][193], Media and public relations played a central role in the war, due to their influence on morale at home and the dynamics of international involvement. Washington Post The renowned playwright noted that religion has become one of the fastest-growing businesses in Nigeria today. No one was ever held responsible for these killings. The other two pilots were Biafrans: Willy Murray-Bruce and Augustus Opke. By the 1960s, Igbo political culture was more unified and the region relatively prosperous, with tradesmen and literate elites active not just in the traditionally Igbo East, but throughout Nigeria. His Biafran Air Force consisted of three Swedes: von Rosen, Gunnar Haglund and Martin Lang. Its facilities had been damaged and needed repair. [164] The first MIG-17s arrived in Nigeria in August 1967 together with some about 200 Soviet technicians to train the Nigerians in their use. The coup, despite its failures, was widely seen as primarily benefiting the Igbo peoples as the plotters received no repercussions for their actions and no significant Igbo political leaders were affected. Eurasia, Middle This constituted a virtual about-face in Soviet policy, because, until the secession, Moscow had evinced both admiration of the Igbos and sympathy for their plight. Ironsi was on a visit to Ibadan during their mutiny and there he was killed (along with his host, Adekunle Fajuyi). [208][209][210][211] He died of his injuries the following day. 270–271. [111] Formally, the United States was neutral in the civil war. CFR Blog, "Africa in Transition" ", Graham-Douglas, Ojukwu’s Rebellion, p. 17. Boko Haram vs. Nigeria Though it's waged a bloody war against the Nigerian government for many years, rebel group Boko Haram rarely could claim significant territorial control until recently. ", O'Sullivan, "Humanitarian Encounters" (2014), pp. With increased British support, the Nigerian federal forces launched their final offensive against the Biafrans once again on 23 December 1969, with a major thrust by the 3rd Marine Commando Division. In 1971, however, Ralph Uwechue, Biafra's envoy to France, wrote that "the helicopters had been purchases made by the Eastern Nigerian Regional Government from France for civilian purposes well before the war. The violence reached a climax with the massacres of 29 September 1966 ('Black Thursday'). These oilworks, under the control of Shell-BP Petroleum Development Company (jointly owned by Shell and British Petroleum), controlled 84% of Nigeria's 580,000 barrels per day. [121] The habit of the Egyptians to bomb Red Cross hospitals together with schools, hospitals, and marketplaces did much to earn Biafra international sympathy. Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, "The Achebean Restoration", GS Student immolates self in front of U.N. Building, Columbia Daily Spectator, Volume CXIII, Number 118, 3 June 1969, Student immolates self in front of U.N. Building, Columbia Daily Spectator, Volume CXIII, Number 118, 3 June 1969. [citation needed], When this happened, Ojukwu regarded it as both a failure by Gowon to keep to the spirit of the Aburi agreement and lack of integrity on the side of the Nigerian Military Government in the negotiations toward a united Nigeria. [138] It continued to quietly support Nigeria through the rest of the war, in one case advancing a royalty of £5.5 million to fund the purchase of more British weapons.[139]. At the end of the war, only N£20 was given to any easterner regardless of the amount of money he or she had had in the bank. September 5, 2017, Nigeria and the Hunt for Oil in Boko Haram's Heartland, Sarah A. Topol Anti-piracy War: UN Applauds Nigeria’s Leadership Role; Yobe Farmers, Herders Clashed Over Pastures, Farm Produce; Lawan Begins Vaccination Of 1m Livestock Against CBPP, PPR; Rising Insecurity: Group Urges Buhari to Sack Service Chiefs, Says Time For Decisive Action Is Now; FG Reduces Price of Petrol to N162.44 per litre 1565. [50] With their emphasis upon social achievement and political participation, the Igbo adapted to and challenged colonial rule in innovative ways. September 4, 2016, Everything We Know About Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau, Kate Samuelson Although France has leaned toward Biafra, SAFRAP has vast exploration rights in the Northern Region; this might have prevented France giving Biafra political recognition. Before the start of the Civil War, France had strengthened her economic ties with Biafra. "Starting in October 1967, there were also direct Czech arms flights, by a network of pilots led by Jack Malloch, a Rhodesian in contact with Houphouët-Boigny and Mauricheau-Beupré.". Major General W.A. Muhammadu Buhari, a 77-year-old retired major general, is Nigeria’s current president. Master of Laws thesis accepted at York University (Toronto, Ontario), October 1971. New York Times ", Levey, "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra civil war" (2014), pp. [citation needed], The command was divided into two brigades with three battalions each. [157] In July the government redoubled its efforts to involve the public in a humanitarian approach to the conflict. The very few U.S. personnel deployed to Nigeria are not there in a combat role, and they never cruise dating sites looking for “love”. CFR Blog, "Africa in Transition" INSECURITY: The Fulani of the whole world now at ‘war’ with Nigeria – ABU Professor On June 9, 2019 6:05 am In Interview by Emmanuel Okogba Kindly Share This Story: [185], One of the characters assisting Count Carl Gustav von Rosen was Lynn Garrison, an ex-RCAF fighter pilot. Shell-BP made the payment, and the government established a blockade on oil exports. 4. [200] Both of these appeals channeled older cultural values into support for the new model of international NGOs. [124] The executions of officers also made it difficult for the Biafran officers to acquire the necessary experience to conduct military operations successfully as Barua noted the Biafran Army lacked both the "continuity and cohesion" to learn from the war. With the stalling on the payment for Biafra government ask Shell-BP to stop operations in Biafra and took over from the company. These moves represented a significant diplomatic success given the Muslim orientation of the northern-dominated government. Banjo, a Yoruba, with the Biafran rank of brigadier. Now, he is being heard again with a dire warning of what he sees o the horizon, what another compatriot, Gen T Y Danjuma has called the ‘war without fronts’. June 14, 2019, Returning From the Land of Jihad: The Fate of Women Associated With Boko Haram, International Crisis Group Operation Tiger Claw (17–20 October 1967) was a military conflict between Nigerian and Biafran military forces. [115] The Nigerian Army offensive was through the north of Biafra led by Colonel Mohammed Shuwa and the local military units were formed as the 1st Infantry Division. [60] During the 1940s and 1950s the Igbo and Yoruba parties were in the forefront of the fight for independence from Britain. This effectively excised the main oil-producing areas from the core Ibo state (East Central State). [151], Economically, France gained incentives through oil drilling contracts for the Société Anonyme Française de Recherches et d'Exploitation de Pétrolières (SAFRAP), apparently arranged with Eastern Nigeria in advance of its secession from the Nigerian Federation. Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Afenifere Chairman, Reuben Fasoranti, has lamented the high level of insecurity in the country, adding that Nigeria is now at war. Jamestown Foundation 115. The Nigerian Civil War (also known as the Biafran War, Biafran Genocide and the Nigerian-Biafran War) was a civil war in Nigeria fought between the government of Nigeria headed by General Yakubu Gowon and the secessionist state of Biafra led by late Lt. Denard would purchase arms from Czechoslovakia and ship them by sea to Biafra via Libreville. [83] A group of Igbo officers formed a conspiracy to overthrow the corrupt government, seeing the northern prime minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, as plundering the oil wealth of the southeast. When the colony of Nigeria had been created, its three largest ethnic groups were the Igbo, who formed about 60–70% of the population in the southeast;[41] the Hausa-Fulani of the Sokoto Caliphate, who formed about 65% of the population in the northern part of the territory;[42] and the Yoruba, who formed about 75% of the population in the southwestern part. [119], As Nigerian forces retook the Mid-West, the Biafran military administrator declared the Republic of Benin on 19 September, though it ceased to exist the next day. The weapons would not be sent directly to Ojukwu, but would go through Houphouët-Boigny, so that it looked like France was replenishing the Ivory Coast's stocks as stipulated in the normal bilateral military assistance agreements. ", Forsyth, Frederick. These doctors, led by Kouchner, concluded that a new aid organisation was needed that would ignore political/religious boundaries and prioritise the welfare of victims. This changed in 1956 when Shell-BP found large petroleum deposits in the Eastern region. [171] In 1968, Israel began supplying the Federal Military Government with arms—about $500,000 worth, according to the US State Department. [81] In 1958, the policy was changed, and henceforward men from the north to make up only 50% of the soldiers while the men from the southeast and southwest were to each make up 25%, a policy that was retained after independence. Starting in October 1967, there were also direct Czech arms flights, by a network of pilots led by Jack Malloch, a Rhodesian in contact with Houphouët-Boigny and Mauricheau-Beupré.". Prior to the civil war, the main source of dietary protein was dried fish imported from Norway, which was supplemented by local hogs, chicken and eggs. [113] Throughout the war, Biafran officers were far more likely to be executed by their own side than by the Federal Army as Ojukwu conducted purges and had officers who were merely accused of being "saboteurs" taken out and shot. [114] The war began on the early hours of 6 July 1967 when Nigerian Federal troops advanced in two columns into Biafra. Borno is a war front and civilians can not be left in the crossfire till the situation is solved. [51][52], In the West, the missionaries rapidly introduced Western forms of education. [56], The British colonial ideology that divided Nigeria into three regions—North, West and East—exacerbated the already well-developed economic, political, and social differences among Nigeria's different ethnic groups. [101] When Shell-BP acquiesced to this request at the end of June, the Federal Government extended its blockade to include oil. ", Uche, "Oil, British Interests and the Nigerian Civil War" (2008), pp. [217][218][219] More than half a million people died from the famine imposed deliberately through blockade throughout the war. However Ironsi, himself an Igbo, was thought to have made numerous attempts to please Northerners. [153] Portugal also sent weapons. The Nigerian Army had no training or experience of war on the operational level, still being primarily an internal security force. 271–272. The status of Lagos was a sore point for the AG which did not want Lagos, a Yoruba town which was at that time the Federal Capital and seat of national government to be designated as the Capital of Nigeria if it meant loss of Yoruba sovereignty. "The French policy may be described as anti-British, anti-Nigerian and pr-Biafra. )[120][citation needed], Although Benin City was retaken by the Nigerians on 22 September, the Biafrans succeeded in their primary objective by tying down as many Nigerian Federal troops as they could. 17 July – Knesset debates Israeli moral obligations toward Biafran genocide. Associated Press "France, however, categorically refused to officially recognise Biafra, a possibility President Charles de Gaulle ruled out as early as 14 December 1967. In the Rivers area, ethnic minorities sympathetic to Biafra were killed in the hundreds by federal troops. As part of a wider 'NGO moment', it focused public and official attention on the role of non-state actors and accelerated the emergency of an internationalised, professionalised aid industry that took centre stage in the mid 1980s. "Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra civil war, 1967–70". Thousands of people starved to death every day as the war progressed. "Despite the return of Gray, and the interest of Shell-BP and the British government in getting the oil machines pumping again, the state of war and its attendant hazards ensured that this could not happen immediately. [136] Through Biafra was likewise similarly weak, the two sides appeared evenly matched at the beginning of the war, and Nigerian victory was by no means considered preordained. ", CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of November 2020 (, Uche, "Oil, British Interests and the Nigerian Civil War" (2008), p. 132. [177], At the request of the Nigerian government, Canada sent three observers to investigate allegations of genocide and war crimes against the Nigerian military. It was not until May 1968, when Nigerian marines captured Port Harcourt, that it was adjudged safe by Shell-BP to send an advance team to both Bonny and Port Harcourt to assess the state of their production facilities. 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