Shall We Talk about the Civil War?


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Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon in a handshake with leader of Biafra, Odimegwu Ojukwu in Aburi, Ghana, for an accord that changed the fate of Nigeria for good

Fifty years after, it’s about time the nation moved on from the pains of the civil war but not without addressing the injustices of the time, writes Ojo Maduekwe

Successive governments had suppressed every chance to have a conversation around the Nigerian civil war, meaning that for 50 years after the war ended, emotions were still bottled up.

Time after time, the emotions had been seen to spill out into tiny conflicts across the country, which the federal government continues to quell a lot of the time with the use of force. It didn’t help that the government, in keeping to the tradition of silence, scrapped the study of history from the Nigerian schools.

The refusal to have a national conversation around the war and learn from it has created a bouquet of discordant and biased…

Source: Thisday Newspaper