United Nations Must Apologize to Igbo People of Nigeria.
Ban Ki-Moon United Nations Secretary General, New York, NY 10027, USA. Tel:1-212-9637162 Thru; Adama Dieng (Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, P.O. Box 6016, Arusha, Tanzania. Dear Sir, United Nations Must Apologize to Igbo Ethnic People of South Eastern Nigeria. Your 1948 Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defined genocide in part as; “Genocide is a crime of intentional destruction of a national, ethnic, racial and religious group, in whole or in part”... “The coverage of crimes against humanity expanded to include acts perpetrated in time of peace, and to a broad range of groups, not to mention an ever-growing list of punishable acts inspired by developments in international human rights law” Since its establishment, United Nations have always risen in defence of the oppressed peoples of the world, thru passing resolutions condemning crimes against humanity, interventions, peaceful resolutions, sending peace keeping forces etc. In the case of the Nigeria-Biafran war of 1967-1970, that led to massive genocide against the Igbo people of South Eastern Nigeria, where over 2 million Igbo people died, the United Nations failed to either; intervene, prevent, condemn, or send peace keeping forces to stop this genocide. This is public knowledge and the details of this war, is all over the world. Events before the war started in 1967 like the (massive killings of Igbo people in the Northern Nigeria), events during the war itself (1967-1970) like the (food starvation, killing of civilians, children, women etc), and events after war like, (government seizure of Igbo peoples’ property, giving every Igbo person £20, twenty pounds irrespective of any amount s/he had in the bank) were all acts of genocide, targeted at extermination of the Igbo race in Nigeria. Having failed to protect, prevent, and condemn this genocide against the Igbo people of Nigeria, the United Nations failed in its duties. Therefore, United Nations must pass a retroactive resolution condemning this genocide and tender an unreserved apology to the Igbo people of Nigeria. This is the essence of this petition. Hoping this petition will be given due considerations, that it deserves. Thanks Chinedu Vincent Akuta Leicester, UK.