Would Biafra be one of the richest countries in the world had it won the civil war in Nigeria?

Poster: STANCOBRIDGE | Date: 1:50pm, 29th Jan 2018. | Views: 131 | 1 Replies
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STANCOBRIDGE. Jalingo, Taraba
1:50pm, 29th Jan 2018.

Gbenga Elutidoye

Life is a ride on a ticking clock

Yes, without any doubt, if the resources available to Biafra is well managed after the war. Biafra in 1967 consists the Ijaws, Efik, Ibibio, Annang and the predominant, Igbo. This makeup means that it will have the oil-rich Niger Delta in its wall. With an area bigger than Costa Rica, Croatia, Ireland, Sri Lanka, and West Virginia and an estimated 13 million population.

In 2014, oil contributed about 14% to the Nigerian economy - and that is the declared figure. Biafra that is a fraction of Nigeria, 8.3% to be precise would have had lone access to all the profits we are sharing as Nigeria. This impact on their economy would have shot them to the rank of richest country.

Like I said earlier - if the resources are well managed which in truth I believe they will manage very well. Not downplaying the entrepreneurship strength of the Igbos, the palm oil business, coal, other human and mineral resources. That said, I still believe we are better as an undivided nation because Biafra itself might have imploded due to agitations into smaller weaker parts.

Okon Prince

Administrative Director, 12street Ltd

You do realize that Biafra would have been an Ojukwu totalitarian dictatorship if it was actualized. He would have been a president that rose to power by winning a war. This will validate the use of force to achieve political and economic goals. He would have strengthened the Biafran military as much as possible while doing whatever it takes to maintain total control over it. He would have quelled every rebellion or question to his authority by any means neccesary.

The country would have recorded massive infrastructural development. The effects of oil wealth would have been obvious as it would be concentrated on the much smaller Biafran territory. Corruption among the larger population would have existed only if Ojukwu permited it as he could easily make curruption a capital offense using his political power.

The downside is that there would likely have been flagrant disregard for human rights. People would have been summarily executed for what would have been deemed “crimes against the state”, “ sabotage”, “inciting the public against government or constituted authority”, and such. Biafra would have been a nation with a leader with absolute power and we all know what they say about that…it corrupts absolutely. His inner circle would have ammased a ton of whealth but the people most likely wouldn't have wallowed in poverty while they were at it.

To have a picture of what would have likely been the fate of Biafra, look no further than oil rich dictatorships the world over. Think Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, Sadam hussein,Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, etc.

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