Agenda –The Nigeria –Biafra conflict

The United Nations General Assembly is the main deliberative, representative, and policy-making arm of the United Nations. The first committee of the United Nations General Assembly is the body that generates resolutions on topics pertaining to Disarmament and International Security (DISEC). DISEC’s proposals have direct influence on the General Assembly, Non-Governmental Organisation, the Security Council, and the Secretariat. What makes the HGA so interesting is that there is a very thin line between staying on policy with the country you are representing, and at the same time changing the future for the better, while making sure the debate does not become an exact copy of the past.

In this session of the Historic General Assembly- DISEC, the focus will be on the Nigerian Civil War or the Biafran War. The secessionist state of Biafra represented the nationalist aspirations of the Igbo people, and this conflict resulted from the political, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions which preceded Britain’s formal decolonization of Nigeria from 1960-63. So it’s 50 years since the start of the Biafran War, one of Africa’s bloodiest post- independence conflicts. What was the Nigerian conflict about and why does its leagacy still matter today?