“The Ibo are a Christian rearguard of high intelligence and ability against the southward movement of the Moslem and Arab population of West Africa”- President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of La Cote D’Ivoire.
(Culled from ‘The Biafran War: The Struggle For Modern Nigeria’ by Michael Gould)
These are deeply insighful words from one of the most distinguished, incisive and enlightened minds that ever came out of Africa.
Houphouet-Boigny was elected into the French Parliament in the 1950’s and he was later appointed as a Minister with various portfolios in the French Government.
In 1960 he was elected President of La Cote D’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) and he remained in power until he passed on in 1990.
The late Ambassador Ralph Uwechue, who was Biafra’s envoy to France during the civil war, who was Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Ivory Coast during the Obasanjo Presidency and who later became the President of Ohaeneze wrote in his book titled “Reflections of the Nigerian Civil War” that President Felix Houphouet-Boigny was single-handedly responsible for the French throwing their weight behind Biafra and supporting them during the Nigerian civil war.
Everything that is happening in Nigeria today as regards Boko Haram, the Fulani herdsmen, northern hegemony, the subjugation of the Middle Belt and northern Christians, the genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass murder and the attempt to Islamise Nigeria was predicted by this great man as far back as the early 1960’s.
He saw it all coming long ago and he warned us! Pity we refused to listen!