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Adekunle’s book on Nigerian Civil War out soon
TONY ITA ETIM, Port Harcourt
civil war story of Brig-Gen. Benjamin Adekunle (rtd) (a.k.a.) The Black
Scorpion) will be on sale from next month.
The book "The Nigeria-Biafra War
Letters — A Soldier’s Story (Vol. 1), is compiled and edited by Abiodun A.
Adekunle, the first son of the civil war veteran.
Published by Phoenix Publishing Group
Atlanta, United States (U.S.) the book which is on sale in the U.S. is a
percussor to a comprehensive memoir (Volume 2) being compiled by the General.
A statement signed by a representative of
the publisher, Mrs. Busola Olagunju, described the book as the first document to
emerge from Brig. Adekunle, who played a central role during the civil war.
The author said the book is not a record
of the entire cause of the civil war, but a compilation of some of his father’s
Such documents include letters written by
Adekunle to members of the Supreme Military Council at the peak of the war, an
account of the Third Marine Division’s early campaigns, a description of his
early years; and some articles written by the international press and the war
veteran’s thoughts and commentaries on political events in the country as
recorded by him in his journals.
According to Abiodun, the letters are
unedited copies written by Adekunle to the Supreme Headquarters, and majority of
these notes and letters were written during the heat of the conflict, while
other war accounts were taken from notes written in retrospect by his father.
Abiodun explained that not all the
military encounters of the Third Marine Commando Division have been recounted.
In an effort to capture the essence and
soul of the Division, Abiodun further stated, some of the day-to-day source
documents of the Divisional Headquarters such as the handing over notes of
Adekunle to the then Col. Olusegun Obasanjo, are included.