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THROWBACK :AKANU IBIAM: FIRST MAN THAT RETURNED HIS KNIGHTHOOD TO THE QUEEN

In August 1967, the former Governor of old Eastern Region, Dr. Akanu Ibiam from Ebonyi state, returned his knighthood (KBE) to Queen Elizabeth II, in protest against UK’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War.

He also in protest renounced his English name “Francis” for the same purpose. “I can’t be a Queen’s knight and watch the same kingdom be killing my people in Biafra” He said Below is the official letter he wrote to the Queen:

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