June 22, 2016

Buhari: People clamouring for Biafra were not born during the Civil War

Buhari: People clamouring for Biafra were not born during the Civil War
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday 21st June 2016 criticized the renewed agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra. Buhari, a former military dictator who came back to lead Nigeria as a democratic president in 2015, said:

“We need a lot of prayer. Certainly, with the nation’s economy going down. We haven’t developed the agriculture; we are still trying to talk on those who will come and develop the solid mineral for us.

“The militants in their various homes, we need to reflect very seriously on what happened between 1967 and 1970 where about two millions Nigerians lost their lives.

“And at that time, as young military officers, you hardly heard of anything about petroleum or whatever money you got from it.

“Look at what Gen. Gowon said; `To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done’ and every soldier whether he has been to school or not knew what the General meant.

“But, we were quarreling with our brothers, we were not fighting an enemy and then somebody is saying that once again he wants Biafra. I think this is because he was not born when there was Biafra. We have to reflect on the historical antecedent to appreciate what is before us now and what we intend to leave for our children and our grand children.”

President Buhari has been hugely criticized for his silence over the May 30 2016 Onitsha Biafra War Memorial incident where soldiers opened fire on worshippers who were inside a church praying for the souls of victims of the Biafran/Nigerian Civil War in 1967.

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