Igbo Leader Demands Apology From Gowon Over Civil War Statement

Igbo Leader Demands Apology From Gowon Over Civil War Statement

by Victor Ndubuisi

Charles Okechukwu Okereke, a former Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP) candidate for governor of Abia State, has counselled former President Yakubu Gowon to immediately apologise to the Igbo people and to all Nigerians for his recent remarks made at the Aso Rock Villa.

He claimed that the apology will ease the minds of those who were aggrieved by the Gowon-attributed statement, according to Okereke.

According to recent quotes, the former head of state said, “I know and if I remember correctly, I was told during the war that I was too slow and probably Nigeria cannot make it and that we should seek discussion.” So, did we succeed or fail?

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However, in an older statement, the former governorship candidate told Newsmen in Umuahia on Wednesday that Gen. Gowon should avoid saying anything that would remind Ndigbo and other Nigerians of the bloody war episodes of the past.


Okereke, who said that Nigerians were experiencing extreme poverty, made the observation that insulting remarks from a prominent citizen like Gowon may incite further indignation.

He claimed that Gowon was incorrect to compare President Bola Tinubu to his military government. According to Okereke, the nation’s current crises stemmed from Gowon’s choice to establish a 12-state system rather than carry out a pre-civil war agreement he signed with Odumegwu Ojukwu.

“Why is he comparing himself with Tinubu? He is supposed to retire. He should not remind us of what has been forgotten. He owes Ndigbo and Nigerians an apology and he should do that now.

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“There is no comparison between Gowon’s military junta and Tinubu’s civilian administration. His 3Rs is not true. When he visited us at Government College after the war, he spoke from an armored car; is Tinubu speaking from an armored car? So why the comparison?” He queried.

Okereke, who claimed that the current efforts to change the Nigerian constitution served as a reminder of numerous issues with the country In a bequest to his predecessors in service, General Gowon stated that it was incorrect for him to claim that hungry Nigerians were unaware of the subterranean problem.

The composer of the “All Hail Biafra” anthem made it very evident that Gen. Gowon’s military government was unable to bring Nigerians together and was unfit to provide guidance to a civilian government.



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