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Biafra War: Ohanaeze Faults Gowon’s Comments

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February 25, (THEWILL) – Ohanaeze Ndigbo has faulted the comments made by the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon concerning the Biafra War, describing it as hurtful and insensitive to the psyche of Igbo people.

Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement on Sunday, said the recent remarks attributed to Gowon following his visit to President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, have once again reopened old wounds and inflicted anguish upon the Igbo community, both at home and in the diaspora.

According to him, It is evident that Gowon’s choice of words and narrative regarding the Biafra War has been insensitive and deeply hurtful to the collective psyche of the Igbo people.

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“In response to the incessant and inflammatory comments made by the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, regarding the experiences of the Biafra War, OHANAEZE NDIGBO issues a resolute and imperative call for reconciliation and healing to be initiated by Gowon himself.

“The recent remarks attributed to Gowon following his visit to President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, have once again reopened old wounds and inflicted anguish upon the Igbo community, both at home and in the diaspora.

“It is evident that Gowon’s choice of words and narrative regarding the Biafra War has been insensitive and deeply hurtful to the collective psyche of the Igbo people. OHANAEZE NDIGBO unequivocally challenges General Gowon to reflect on his actions and the enduring consequences of the war.

” It is with unwavering conviction that we assert that the time has come for Gowon to take responsibility for his role in the tragic events of the past. His repetitive glorification of the suppression of the Biafran struggle does a disservice to national unity and healing.

“We remind General Gowon that his continued existence, especially amidst the over 3 million Igbo lives lost during the war, is a divine opportunity for him to seek redemption and offer genuine apologies for the pain and suffering inflicted upon the Igbo people.

“It is incumbent upon Gowon to acknowledge the atrocities, confess to any misdeeds, and sincerely apologize to the Igbo community for the role he played in the conflict.

“OHANAEZE NDIGBO emphasises that only through sincere reconciliation, rooted in genuine remorse and penitence, can lasting peace and harmonious co-existence be achieved in our nation.

“The endurance of the Igbo people, their forgiveness, and their commitment to national development are undeniable, yet the scars of the past persist as long as Gowon chooses to reopen old wounds with his insensitive comments.

“It is crucial for General Gowon to rise above personal pride and demonstrate true leadership by making amends for the sins of the past. As Igbos continue to contribute positively to the development of Nigeria and support the government of President Tinubu, it is incumbent upon Gowon to reciprocate by fostering an environment of healing and reconciliation through his actions and words.

“OHANAEZE NDIGBO implores General Yakubu Gowon to seize this rare opportunity to seek forgiveness, offer sincere apologies and desist from further inflaming the painful memories of the Biafra War. It is time for Gowon to exhibit humility, righteousness and empathy towards the victims of the war, thereby paving the way for genuine reconciliation and lasting peace in our beloved nation”, he said.

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Sunday Ogbu is a professional journalist with eight - twelve years experience that had worked with various print and online media. Sunday specializes in news reporting with the aim of educating his readers on current social, political and economic occurences within his area of coverage. Sunday is a strong force to work with in the media industry and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. Sunday is inspired daily by his wife and their four children. In his free time, Sunday likes sight-seeing, reading and discussing issues of societal interest.

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