NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
18th August, 1968 : One of Nigeria’s most dashing commanders, Colonel Benjamin Adenkule, known as The Scorpion, is directing what is expected to be the final assault on Biafra. Federal troops were reported to be within 15 miles of the rebel stronghold of Aba and the main road to the north, which is used as an airstrip and is the only link with the outside world. Radio Biafra says “major offensives” have been launched on all sectors. It claimed that over 2,000 men, women and children had been massacred, but General Gowon, the Federal leader, says “my boys” are behaving correctly.
[ Today Mr Abubakar Shekau, a leader of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (“People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”) is also claiming his boys are behaving correctly, in accordance with the teaching of Islam. He does not want to take over Nigeria for himself and his Kanuri tribe, but simply to make it a part of global caliphate. His horde, also known as Boko Haram (books, i.e. western education forbidden,) is not to be confused (yet) with the similar movement in Western universities.
And just in case the name Adenkule does not mean much to you: Adekunle was a key champion of the food blockade to Biafra. In a wartime interview he had with Randolph Baumann of Stern Magazine in Igweocha (published on August 18, 1968), he stated -
ADEKUNLE: In the section of the front that I rule—and that is the whole south front from Lagos to the border of Kamerun—I do not want to see the Red Cross, Caritas Aid, World Church delegation, Pope, Missionary, or UN delegation.
STERN: Does that mean that the many thousands of tons of food that are stored in Lagos will never get to the refugee camps in your section of the country?
ADEKUNLE: You are a sharp one, my friend. That’s exactly what I am saying.
STERN: But you said yourself that most of the refugees in the part you captured are not Ibos.
ADEKUNLE: But there could be Ibos among them. I want to avoid feeding a single Ibo as long as this whole people have not given up yet.
STERN: Do you sometimes feel sympathy for the Ibos?
ADEKUNLE: I have learned a word from the British, which is “sorry”! That’s how I want to respond to your question. I did not want this war but I want to win this war. Therefore I have to kill the Ibos. Sorry! The End.
And he was the goodie; the hero to his people, just as Shekau will be, and soon will be undoubtedly also to the cowardly Western media.]