[Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu

Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu

FROM Robert S. Goldstein (Public Relations Representative of Biafra in the United States) (Published in the Morning Post, Lagos, August 17, 1968)

As your Public Relation's Representative in the United States, it is my distasteful duty to tender my resignation based on the following points:

POINT 1 - In November of 1967 when we met in Umuahia, you and your Cabinet were very impressive. You told me of the woes of your little Republic, that thousands of people had died, were dying and more were prepared to die for freedom's sake.alt

You and your Cabinet told me you believed world opinion would help your cause if you could get your story across.

You expressed the opinion that very few if any people in the United States knew of the plight of the Biafrans.

You asked me to tell the world that Britain had teamed up with Russia in a conspiracy with the Federal Government of Nigeria to murder every Ibo in Biafra. You suggested I use my talents to induce the Press to write about the Biafran side of the war, as at that time all news came out of Lagos.

You will recall I did not take the assignment that day but stayed on several days before deciding to take that job.

To help win the peace

At that time I stated to you and your cabinet that I was taking the assignment making it crystal clear I would try my best to help win the peace not the war.

POINT TWO - I immediately arranged the first world Press conference in Biafra inviting the US Press as well as journalists and television people from England, France, Switzerland, Africa and other parts of the Globe. This was the first news break through. I arranged regular trips into Biafra for the world Press, helped set up stringers, etc., so that your statements and the statements of your Cabinet would be heard.

At that time, I was absolutely positive you were right and your cause was a just one in the best interests of the free world and your countrymen.

POINT THREE - Finally the Republic of Biafra was recognized first by Tanzania, then quickly followed by Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Zambia. Our public relations work was paying off, world opinion was starting to side with us.

Peace talks were arranged at Kampala. I thought that if anyone walked away from the table it would be the Federal Government. But to my dismay it was Biafra that left the Conference. After all the fighting and killing, I knew that peace would not come easy but I could not understand leaving the Peace Conference until the last point was negotiated and the avenue explored.

POINT FOUR - Then urgent telex messages were received from 'Biafra' telling of tens of thousands of people starving in the refugee camps, the villages, the bush country - stating if something weren’t done in the next few months over a million women, children and aged would be starved to death. I immediately contacted the Press, urgently petitioned the State Department for action on their part. Food, medicine and milk were sent to the only available ports open for immediate shipment to 'Biafra' via land routes through Federal and Biafra territory, under the auspices of world organizations such as the International Red Cross among others.

Then came the incredible answer from 'Biafra' that land corridors could not be acceptable until there was a complete ceasefire, and that an airlift was the only solution to feed the starving.

You then appeared before the various Heads of State and representatives of the OAU at Niamey in Niger. I fully expected you to at least accept the world help that was offered your starving throngs. However, you delayed, hoping to use these unfortunates with world sympathy on their side as a tool to further your ambition to achieve war concessions at the upcoming peace talks in Addis Ababa. Thus innocent victims continue to perish needlessly of starvation, the most agonising death that can befall any living creature.

POINT FIVE - This was incredible to me. I am now convinced that I have been used by you and your cabinet to help in military adventures of your origin....using your starving hordes as hostages to negotiate a victory.

If at some later date, following the isuance of this letter, you do concede to allow a mercy land corridor...would you expect me to agree to espouse before the world Press the incredible delay of your decision. What explanation could I honestly give for the needless prolongation of this horror.

Inconceivable acts

I pray this communication may in some small way influence you to move affirmatively, allowing the mercy land corridor to be born.

It is inconceivable to me that you would stop the feeding of thousands of your countrymen (under auspicies of world organizations such as the International Red Cross, World Council of Churches and many more) via a land corridor which is the only practical way to bring in food to help at this time. It is inconcivable to me that men of good faith would try to twist world opinion in such a manner as to deceive people into believing that the starvation and hunger that is consuming 'Biafra' is a plot of Britian, Nigeria and others to commit genocide.

POINT SIX - I cannot in all conscience serve you any longer. Nor can I be a party to suppressing the fact that your starving thousands have the food, medicine and milk available to them.....it can and is ready to be delivered through international organizations to you. Only your constant refusal has stopped its delivery.

I am this date, tendering my resignation and am returning to Mr. Collins Obih of the African Continental Bank all the fees you have given me (Letter of Credit No. 354 $400,000 US.)

I have sent your representative in New York a Bond in the amount of 800.000 pounds that I was holding in your behalf. I have also this date, sent the Bond of 200,000 pounds issues by the Central Bankl of Nigeria back to them for disposal.

POINT SEVEN - I am now convinced that one Nigeria is the only solution to peace. I also call upon you Mr. Ojukwu to allow your starving people to be fed. Their well-being is of deep concern to me as well as other right thinking people of the world. Your acting in the utmost haste in this matter is in my opinion the first step toward any lasting peace in your country."



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Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
Eja posted on 10-16-2012, 12:24:50 PM
QUOTE:
Goldstein's letter is quite revealing. The more one reads about the civil war, the more one learns new stuff. Thanks to Prof Achebe for opening up the topic. I just ordered a book from my local library:

de Jorre, St. John. The Brother's War: Biafra and Nigeria. Boston: Houghton-MifflinCompany, 1972. It comes highly recommended to inquiring minds.


Read the de Jorre book. Twice. You are right about it.
Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
Bill Carson posted on 10-16-2012, 12:48:15 PM
QUOTE:
Goldstein's letter is quite revealing. The more one reads about the civil war, the more one learns new stuff.


Purple,

You don't truly want to buy into that poorly constructed grammar rubbish as fact? The open letter was published in Lagos at the height of the war and you can't see it was planted for the consumption of Nigerian public.
Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
First-lady posted on 10-16-2012, 13:37:34 PM
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Purple,

You don't truly want to buy into that poorly constructed grammar rubbish as fact? The open letter was published in Lagos at the height of the war and you can't see it was planted for the consumption of Nigerian public.



You took the word right out of my mouth
A Biafra PR man at a time the whole world was disgusted with Awo and Gowon and their starvation policy publishes his resignation making accusations,not in the Washington post or New York Times but in an enemy paper in Lagos,the seat of Biafra's intended destructions.
A Jewish man that went to the higher bidder
Believe that you will believe anything.
Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
Big-K posted on 10-16-2012, 13:58:52 PM
Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
Ewuro posted on 10-16-2012, 14:05:08 PM
Seek the truth and the face of God, you shall be free. Dem go hia weeeeeeeeeeeeeen!
Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
Ewuro posted on 10-16-2012, 14:16:27 PM
QUOTE:
Purple,

You don't truly want to buy into that poorly constructed grammar rubbish as fact? The open letter was published in Lagos at the height of the war and you can't see it was planted for the consumption of Nigerian public.


Really? You have read nothing yet. Your ears will be blocked. Your eyes shall weep. You will discover that the people you trust with leadership were nothing but rogues. You will discover that the director of Biafran propanganda, Chinuna Achebe is a con-artist.
That is just another evidence that Ojukwu, Achebe and co mass-murdered Igbo children, women and the vulnerable to achieve the leadership of an evil empire they sought to create.
Achebe has murdered sleep and he shall sleep no more....
Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
Superego posted on 10-16-2012, 14:32:35 PM
QUOTE:
You took the word right out of my mouth
A Biafra PR man at a time the whole world was disgusted with Awo and Gowon and their starvation policy publishes his resignation making accusations,not in the Washington post or New York Times but in an enemy paper in Lagos,the seat of Biafra's intended destructions.
A Jewish man that went to the higher bidder
Believe that you will believe anything.


Actually not, from the links Bros Big-K posted:

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*back to retirement till my right to open 'Biafra' topics is respected*
Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
First-lady posted on 10-16-2012, 14:52:55 PM
That link up there is a Newspaper article in July 25 1968 showing the contract with the publicist
follow the time line folks

Pay attention here
we had a thread yesterday about the tussle about land and air corridor which I already analyzed in which America was persuading Gowon to dramatize to the world that he was allowing food into Biafra

QUOTE:

Washington, August 12, 1968. WWR:
SUBJECT
Status Report on Nigeria

As I told you this morning, my own view is that our best hope is to persuade Gowon to permit air drops of food from planes departing from Federal territory. This would allow him to inspect cargoes to be sure there are no arms; dramatize the fact that he wants to aid the hungry; and it would actually move sizeable amounts of food into Biafra. From here on in it's a race between this scheme and the military offensive we think is planned.


[QUOTE]d) push particularly hard on Gowon to dramatize the fact that it is not the Federal Government that is keeping the food out of Biafra


http://premiumtimesng.com/dev/wp-con...fra_Cable1.pdf[/QUOTE]

Then the Biafra publicist resigns five days after on August 17 and really dramatizes it as advised
Africans are really mumu ,this is nothing but Oyibo as usual dancing to the tune of the ka-Ching
This is clear.
Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
Triple Palaver posted on 10-16-2012, 14:59:01 PM
QUOTE:
That link up there is a Newspaper article in July 25 1968 showing the contract with the publicist
follow the time line folks

Pay attention here
we had a thread yesterday about the tussle about land and air corridor which I already analyzed in which America was persuading Gowon to dramatize to the world that he was allowing food into Biafra



Then the Biafra publicist resigns five days after on August 17 and really dramatizes it as advised
Africans are really mumu ,this is nothing but Oyibo as usual dancing to the tune of the ka-Ching
This is clear.

Even if God came down and told you the truth, you won't agree because it goes against all the propaganda that your head has been filled with. Now tell us, which of those claims in Goldstein's letter are false? You just can't come to terms with the fact that Ojukwu's only path to victory (from the horses' mouth himself) was sympathy from the outside world. The only way to garner sympathy was to beam pictures of starving kids and prove to the world that genocide was happening. He did not care of the starving civilian population. They were a means to the end of winning the war.

Here is another source for you..

http://books.google.gr/books?id=KxiKPeQyiakC&pg=PA43&lpg=PA43&dq=landing+fees+biafra+ojukwu&source=bl&ots=9b32DbMfDR&sig=xPMnD19K0czQY9pPkxa1WRXEBlI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Atl0UPmcKInOswbwmYBo&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=landing%20fees%20biafra%20ojukwu&f=false
Re: [Biafran Documents] Goldstein's Open Letter Of Resignation To Odumegwu Ojukwu
First-lady posted on 10-16-2012, 15:11:04 PM
If indeed Ojukwu prevented starving children from eating such that his publicist resigned,why did the African devil aka Benjamin Adekunle boast of this in August 18 1968?

Mind you this interview was granted a day after that resignation,an outright evidence of who actually starved children from the horsez's mouth.


"I want see no Red Cross, no Caritas, no World Council of Churches, no pope, no missionary, and no United Nations Delegation. I want to prevent even one Igbo from having even one piece to eat before their capitulation. We shoot at everything that moves and when our troops march into the center of Igbo territory, we shoot at everything even a things that don't move"ΓΆΒ€"Benjamin Adekunle August 18, 1968
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