The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Sunday, compared the Holocaust to the killing of millions of “Biafran Jews” during the Nigerian Civil War.
Naija News reports that January 27 was the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War.
The said date commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 8.7 million Slavs, 1.8 million ethnic Poles, 220,000 Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, 312,000 Serb civilians, 1,900 Jehovah’s Witnesses, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.
In remembrance, Kanu, who has since relocated to the United Kingdom from Israel, took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, saying “humanity couldn’t prevent similar genocide against Biafran Jews in the late 70s” with regards to the Holocaust.
The IPOB leader tweeted: “Today #WeRemember the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Unfortunately, humanity couldn’t prevent similar genocide against #BiafranJews in the late 70s. No more”.
Today #WeRemember the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
Unfortunately, humanity couldn't prevent similar genocide against #BiafranJews in the late 70s. No more!
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) January 27, 2019
In Nigeria, a reported estimate of up to three million people of Igbo descent lost their lives during the Nigerian-Biafran War from 1967 to 1970 with most of them dying due to hunger and disease as the Nigerian military under General Yakubu Gowon battled to keep the country undivided.
Meanwhile, this online news platform understands that the International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005 during the 42nd plenary session.
The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on 24 January 2005 during which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust.
Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army on 27 January 1945.