By Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe
An outline of clash and intervention within the 3 African states of Nigeria, Angola and Zaire. themes coated comprise the self-determination, territorial integrity and the inviolability of post-colonial borders. The effect of nations equivalent to the united states, USSR and Cuba also are tested.
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Some British complicity in the Bonny take-over was implied in a speech made by David Hunt to a Nigerian audience 26 Conflict and Intervention in Africa in November 1967: ' ... (T)he successful and expedient operation carried out by the Nigerian Navy leading to the capture of Bonny was a result of the warships supplied by Britain. Britain's support ... was also demonstrated in all battlefields by the equipment supplied by Britain in the hands of Nigerian soldiers'. 30 When it is recalled that the Bonny assault preceded Hunt's crucial consultations with the British government in August, then it was obvious that London had been in support of Lagos all along, albeit unofficially.
Some of these were former RAF pilots. They flew British jet provost-trainers of the Nigerian Airforce, which were equipped as ground attack aircraft. Ex-RAF ground technicians who were recruited at this time also helped to guard NAF ground facilities at the Ikeja, Makurdi and Benin air bases. 38 Conflict and Intervention in Africa It is relevant to explain why Nigeria embarked on this high level of arms purchases from British private sources (and elsewhere in Europe) in spite of the steady military deliveries which it was receiving from the British government.
These factors prompted the Nigerian high optimism of a 'quick police action' and the various rash deadlines to crush the Biafran secession- 48 hours ... two weeks ... 30 September 1967 .. 31 December 1967 ... 31 March 1968 ... 25 May 1968 .. With the failure of the particularly highly-publicised 31 March 1968 deadline to defeat Biafra, there was a serious mood of frustration in federal circles. The embarrassment caused, in addition to the growing dissension within the armed forces over the slow progress of the war, reinforced the Nigerian government's resolve to step up military operations against Biafra.