The Biafra separatist rebellion tipped Nigeria into a civil war fifty years ago. It left more than one million dead mainly from starvation and disease. But calls for independence have never disappeared and tensions are rising between ethnic groups.
The leader of a separatist movement in Nigeria has failed to appear in court at the start of his treason trial. He hasn't been seen in public since soldiers allegedly invaded his home in mid-September.
Following tensions gripping the country between Biafra agitators and security forces, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that his adminstration will not bow down to demands of separatism.
In Nigeria, Biafra has long been rememberd as a former independent state at the center of a bitter civil war. 50 years on, members of the separatist Igbo ethnic group still hope for a better life.
For decades, no mention was made in Nigeria of the Biafran War that began 50 years ago, on July 6, 1967. Today, that civil war and its consequences are at the center of a fierce debate.
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