The Nigerian Civil war
Memoirs Of An Unsung Biafran Commando
John Ude was a trader in pre war Nigeria who resided in Lagos.
The Nigerian military overthrew a democratically elected government in January 1966 and this precipitated a long national nightmare which lasted for three years. The coup, which was mostly led by Eastern Nigerian Igbo officers, had resulted in the deaths of senior Northern and Western Nigerian officers and politicians. Aggrieved Northern officers staged a bloody counter coup six months later in July and assassinated Major General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi, the Head Of State who was of Eastern Nigerian Igbo extraction. Thereafter, Nigeria careened deeper into crises, culminating in a civil war. John Ude life was profoundly affected by the crises.
He fled Lagos in fear for his life after thousands of his fellow Igbo ethnics were massacred in the North.
He lived briefly in his rural native village before relocating to PortHarcourt. The war found him there slightly more than a year later when Nigerian forces captured the city, forcing him to evacuate and return to his home village. He then joined the Biafran Army and saw action at several fronts of the war. This book details his experience throughout the period of the Nigerian political crisis and civil war from 1966 to 1970.