Biafra: The Declaration of Independence

Biafra: The Declaration of Independence Tuesday, May 30, 1967

Fellow countrymen and women, YOU, the people of Eastern Nigeria:

CONSCIOUS of the supreme authority of Almighty God over all mankind, of your duty to yourselves and prosperity;
AWARE that you can no longer be protected in your lives and in your property by any Government based outside eastern Nigeria;
BELIEVING that you are born free and have certain inalienable rights which can best be preserved by yourselves;
UNWILLING to be unfree partners in any association of a political or economic nature;
REJECTING the authority of any person or persons other than the Military Government of eastern Nigeria to make any imposition of whatever kind or nature upon you;
DETERMINED to dissolve all political and other ties between you and the former Federal Republic of Nigeria;
PREPARED to enter into such association, treaty or alliance with any sovereign state within the former Federal Republic of Nigeria and elsewhere on such terms and conditions as best to subserve your common good;
AFFIRMING your trust and confidence in ME;
HAVING mandated ME to proclaim on your behalf, and in your name the Eastern Nigeria be a sovereign independent Republic,
NOW THEREFORE I, Lieutenant-Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Military Governor of Eastern Nigeria, by virtue of the authority, and pursuant to the principles recited above, do hereby solemnly proclaim that the territory and region known as and called Eastern Nigeria together with her continental shelf and territorial waters shall henceforth be an independent sovereign state of the name and title of THE REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA.

We revisit Biafra ahead of the 41st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Biafra.

One Response to “Biafra: The Declaration of Independence”
  1. Jennifer 11 February 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    In 2007, for the 40th anniversary, Ojukwu again called for the secession of Biafra. He released a statement or two with the BBC but I don’t think he’s done any recent interviews.

    As the main person behind the secession, it would be interesting to hear his reflections. He’s back living in the east of Nigeria and still active locally.

    In 2007, Soyinka returned to what was once Biafra to meet the men who jailed him. (

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