Another civil war may spell permanent doom for Nigeria –Gowon

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By Henry Okonkwo

A former military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, has warned Nigerian youth against agitating for another civil war in the country.

Gowon warned that another civil war will also take Nigeria backward in unimaginable dimensions.

He spoke on Saturday in Abuja during a public lecture titled “Rejigging the Security Architecture of Nigeria.”

Gowon, who was represented by former governor of Bauchi State, Major General Chris Abutu Garuba, described war as an unpleasant situation.

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He noted that those, who have fallen victims to it, would not wish that Nigeria goes into another one outside of the one fought between 1967 and 1970.

The elder statesman expressed concerns over the growing tension among the youth and appealed to the Federal Government to take up the challenge.

A professor of African History, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan, Isaac Olawale Albert, who spoke at the event, said war would only escalate the problems confronting the nation.

He said, “If you see war, you will run. It is only those who have never seen a war that can call for it. It does not pay anyone.”

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