A reign of impunity by Northern-led Federation;
The anarchy of ‘wild, wild west’ in Western Region;
Of early to mid 1960s-unrests, had ushered in The Military –
in a purge that highlighted ethnic borders in blood.
Deadly reprisal which was the countercoup
triggered a wave of pogrom: a doomsday chaos
that littered the entire ‘North’ with human debris.
Survivors flee ‘East’ with death on their heels.
Stuck in the vast abyss of vendetta, a negotiated
truce gave way to hegemonic quest.
Survival pitted against diminished prospects,
The Republic Of Biafra was declared.
Isolated in its secession pursuits;
Menaced by famine in severe refugee crisis;
A carnival of carnage set the sun
in Biafra – ‘Land Of Rising Sun.’
‘No Victor No Vanquished’ sealed their accord;
But the rules of engagement redrafted
in shed torrents of blood.
Nigeria – the uneasy amalgam through coercion holds.
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