-A former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has partly explained a reason the civil war was fought 50 years ago
- Gowon said that the goal of the war was to keep Nigeria united
- The former head of state added that because of the aim of the war, he has no regrets
Fifty years after Nigeria’s civil war, then head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has spoken about the crisis that hit the country for close to three years between 1967 and 1970.
He insisted that the war ended without a winner and that no part of the country was subdued.
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, speaking at an event to mark 50 years of the end of the civil war recently, urged Nigerians to speak out against bad leadership.
“I propose that we borrow a leaf from our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora,” he said.
Nigerian politician and economist, Pat Utomi, described the war fought in Nigeria as an event that was not actually necessary.
Speaking on a television programme concerning the war, the professor of political economics said the war would not have been fought if there were what he called honest conversations by the country’s authorities at the period.