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History: the Nigeria/Biafra civil war


In the year 1967 to 1970, a great war took place in Nigeria and many people died. It eventually claimed over 5 million lives. In this article, we would be taking a look at three major reasons Why the Igbo people lost the Nigerian civil war.

1) Food blockage: when the war began and the Igbo people refused to surrender to the Nigerian government, the head of state in Nigeria had no option but to place a blockage in all food and trade roots, this made Igbos in the land of Biafra to starve to death. Over 2 million people were said to have died of starvation and hunger in the war.

2) Change of currency: Obafemi Awolowo who was the minister of finance at that time advised the head of state to change the currency in order to prevent the Igbo people from making a foreign purchase, the change of currency also helped in making the eastern region surrender.

3) Foreign help: The British government intervened in the war by supplying the Nigerian government with the weapons they needed to win the war.

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