Game Of Success Tom : The Nigerian Biafra War, Nigeria 's Civil War

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Game of Success TOM: The Nigerian-Biafra War, Nigeria’s Civil War. The inner conflict between the Biafra region and the mainland Nigerian government began approximately seven years after gaining independence from the British on October 1st, 1960. The Nigerian Civil War also known as the Nigerian-Biafran War plummeted the country through three years of unmitigated bloodshed with a death toll of over a million people. The war initiated by the succession of the southeastern region on May 30th, 1967 declaring itself the Independent Republic of Biafra. Growing ethnic tensions within the confines of the colonial Nigeria, as a result of political instability reached a high upon Nigeria’s independence. There are the Hausa-Fulani tribes in the north, the Yoruba in the southwest and the Igbo in the southeast, consisting of the dominant Nigerian tribes. However, the 1966 anti-Igbo pogrom in the north initiated the conflict. Muslim Hausas in the Nigeria’s northern region began slaughtering of 10,000 - 30,000 Christian Igbos within the region between May and September 1966. The devastating pogrom was in reaction to the multiple killings on January 15th, 1966 when the Igbo led army under the command of General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi launched a coup d’êtat. The successful coup d 'état raised increasing suspicion of Igbo domination among the Hausa, Fulani and Yoruba leading them to unify and organize a counter-coup lead by General Yakubu Gowon against the

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