May 30, 1967

Ojukwu declares the independence of the Republic of Biafra

Ojukwu officially declared Biafra an independent state on May 30, 1967, four days after an official vote of secession had taken place in the region. In his address of independence, Ojukwu cited the numerous killings of Easterners that had taken place since the coups the previous year as one of the main reasons for secession. Secession only came after the failure of the federal and eastern governments to reconcile at a meeting of regional leaders in Aburi, Ghana during the early months of 1967.

Colonel Ojukwu reading a speech declaring the independence of Biafra, May 30, 1967. Source: https://guardian.ng/news/southeast-shutdown-for-50th-anniversary-of-biafra-declaration