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Biafra War: How declassified documents described Ojukwu as playboy, Igbos as gifted wandering Jews

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A declassified United States document dated July 1969, described the Igbos as the wandering Jews of West Africa, gifted, aggressive, westernized, at best envied and resented, but mostly despised by the mass of their neighbors in the federation of Nigeria.

The documents which was shared by a former presidential spokesman under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Jackson Ude, also described the former Biafran leader, General Ikemba Odimegwu Ojukwu as as “erstwhile playboy”.

The 18 page document which was written by late Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger to late President Richard Nixon said the Igbos “have fought well (by African standards) against heavy odds, their cynical public relations use of the starvation has been brilliant.”

It further revealed that the then Senator John Kennedy had proposed a Biafra State akin to the State of Israel that was created in 1948 following the persecution of Jewish people around the world.

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