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Godswill Akpabio Speaks on Biafra War, Asks Pertinent Questions

by on April 21, 2016
 

Question: You have been very vocal lately in dismissing and trashing the then federal military government’s post-civil war efforts at the 3 Rs: Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation. What don’t you agree with?

AKPABIO: As a young man, you definitely will not understand me. But I was a victim of the Civil War. I was one of those who suffered the pains of the war. I was born sometime in 1962; the civil war came really into our area in 1967. So, I was probably five or six years old during the war; and if I had been around nine years, I would probably have been conscripted.

I saw parents throw their children into pit toilets because they did not want their positions to be made known to the enemy. I saw devastation; I saw kwashiorkor; I saw hunger; I saw thousands of people and bodies littered everywhere and smelling while vultures had a field day every day. I saw houses destroyed; I saw families scattered such that till the end of the world, they can never gather themselves together again.

There were children who were shipped away to Gabon, and they can never come back to Nigeria again because they were small. How would two-year-olds and three-year-olds ever know where they came from? They are now proud Gabonese and I don’t think Nigerians are even asking questions.

So, during the Silverbird Man of the Year Award, there were pictures that were shown of the Civil War. Somebody, sitting by me, who is from the West, was asking if those things were acted: the Kwashiorkor-ridden children with their swollen tummies, ugly shapes and bony structures because of hunger and starvation.

The then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon attempted to explain that he tried everything to avoid the scenes that were being shown on the screen, that he did not want the war. The other person who could have answered him, unfortunately, that is Emeka Ojukwu, is dead. He said he tried everything to stop the war from breaking out but it’s only Ojukwu who could have answered whether he equally did his part in avoiding the war.

But something struck me: it was said that Gowon should be commended for initiating the three Rs: reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction. And I asked a very simple question, that I came with a written text but I wasn’t going to read it. I thanked Silverbird for the award; and I said I did not want to criticise my leaders because I am also now a leader. But I asked to be allowed to ask a question: how come reconstruction started in the West when the war was actually fought in the East?

They started the Third Mainland Bridge, the National Theatre, the international airport, and so on, in the West, while the war was fought in the eastern region. And if we really wanted to ensure total reconciliation, how come every account holder in the eastern region was given only £20?

It did not matter whether your father had £10,000,000 or £50,000,000 before the war; you were given just £20. It was a take it or leave it situation. If your family survived and there was an account holder alive, he/she went to the bank, and collected just £20.

Could £20 pounds solve the Kwashiorkor that we were seeing? Could it reconstruct the houses that were burnt? Could it produce food? A lot of other things happened that I did not mention on that occasion. Don’t forget that it was shortly after the war in 1971 that the policy of indigenisation started, where most of the foreign industries and companies were sold to Nigerians, and the war-ravaged eastern regions, which include the entire South-South and the rest of them, could not buy, because no one who did not have money to even feed or clothe himself would have had money to buy any industry.

So, I was just wondering, as a young man, if that was true reconciliation, because one would have thought that the government would have gone to any extent to give them more money so that they could truly rehabilitate themselves.

They needed money from reconstruction, and I would have thought that reconstruction would have also started from the East. I just asked because we were lucky to have the personae dramatis of the war right in still alive : General T. Y. Danjuma, General Yakubu Gowon, General Obasanjo, General Buhari and others. It is very rare to see these former heads of state in just one place, so I had to ask.

I said also that it is important, even for the current-day leaders, that we continue to take actions that will unite Nigeria. And we should purge ourselves of actions that tend to cause pains to Nigerians. For me, I believe that because of certain policies of the federal government after the war, the war did not cease in the eastern region until about 30 years after the war.

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  • akinolu
    April 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    good question

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  • blackmarket2003
    April 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Though they join hand in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished; but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

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  • Nembe
    April 21, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    It is as good as prosecuting another war if issues regarding it are to be addressed as they are as though we were Ojukwu himself. No one can be Ojukwu enough, and because there are still a host of painful issues demanding a daring step, animosity will never end. Much more questions are available if questions alone without action will make do.

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  • BIAFRAN RABBI
    April 21, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    AKPABIO,WE THANK GOD FOR YOU HAVING SURVIVED THE BRITISH-NIGERIA POGROM ON BIAFRANS BETWEEN 1967-1970 AND UPTILL DATE.BUT SIR,MAY I INFORM YOU THAT GOD ALLOWED THAT FOR A REASON BIAFRAN RABBI SHALL OPEN FEW YEARS FROM NOW. THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION I,BIAFRAN RABBI WANT TO PASS OVER TO YOU AND ALL VICTIMS IS TO TAKE HEART AND SEE GOD’S FULL JUDGEMENT ON ALL THAT STEPPED INTO IGBO LAND PEELED,DESTROYED,KILLED,RAPED AND WASTED IGBOLAND. THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY HAS PLACED ETERNAL DESTRUCTION ON TONGUES,CLANS,TRIBES AND NATIONS THAT USED BIAFRA LAND AS BURIAL LAND. AKPABIO, GOD HAS RAISED MILLIONS OF DEATH ANGELS IN IGBOLAND TO PURSUE,OVERTAKE AND DESTROY THE ENEMIES OF LIGHT. LET IT BE KNOWN TO YOU,SIR,THAT DEMONS CREATED OUT OF BIAFRA BY NIGERIANS IN 67-70 ARE HERE FOR REVENGE.PLEASE, NO MISTAKEN AS MARCHANTS OF DEATH WHO WERE LITTLE HUMANS IN 1967-1970 ARE TODAY GLOBAL ANGEL OF DEATHS WHO SHALL FIRST PAY BACK TO TRIBES,NATIONS THAT ENTERED IGBOLAND. AGAIN,WITH THE LEVEL OF READINESS OF UBIQUITOUS ANGELS OF VENGEANCE,BIAFRANS/IGBO CAN BE WORST THAN AMERICA AND RUSSIA PUT TOGETHER. FIRST,A COMMISSION TO RESTORE THE LOST TERRITORY IS A MUST FOR THESE AGENTS OF GOD AS SUCH IS A DONE DEAL AND A MATTER OF TIME FROM NOW. THEN,AFTER RESTORATION OF BIAFRA,DEMAND SHALL BE MADE FROM NIGERIANS OF 3.5MILLION EQUIVALENT OF 15-16MILLION TODAY. THEREFORE, UNTIL EACH TRIBE,NATION LOST 15-16MILLION SOULS, NO REST FOR BIAFRANS AND GOD’S WILL NOT ACCOMPLISHED.THEREFORE, SIR AKPABIO, YOU WILL SOON WITNESS BIAFRAN MARCHANTS TAKEN BIAFRA OUT OF NIGERIA WITH OVERWHELMING AND COMPREHENSIVELY DECIMATE ARMY,POLICE,DSS IN NIGERIA THEN WORST SHALL THEN BEGINS. AGAIN,IT IS BETTER THAT NATIONS,TRIBES ETC THAT ENTERED IGBOLAND WERE NOT BURN ON EARTH THAN TO WITNESS AGENTS AVENGERS MISSION.

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    • Kingsley
      April 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Comment…we’ll done my dear for those coward that thank that House people will over come the great Biafra should wake up from their sleep because if God be with us who will be against? SO BIAFRA FOR LIFE NO SURRENDER NO RETREAT. BIAFRA MUST STAND FORWARD EVER BACKWARD NEVER. PHERO LET MY PEOPLE GO.

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  • blessed ututu oma. onitsha
    April 21, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Comment…godswill u re a fool

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    • Egwu franklin azubuike
      April 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Comment…pls we should look b4 we leap,we should understand passages b4 commenting.4 crying out loud akpabio said the truth.

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  • blessed ututu oma. onitsha
    April 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Comment…godswill u re a fool…u didnt say all when jonathan nd pdp is inchange of govt…wht do u wnt us 2 do nw

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    • Mario1
      April 21, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Comment… Blessing, ur a big fool for tryin to point ur useless finger on a great leader. In ur whol life u cnt nevr av a man in his kind in d whol Onitsha…. Fool

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  • Biafra
    April 21, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    R3 never existed,it was a mere propaganda.BIAFRA WE STAND.

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  • Obinno
    April 21, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Comment…thaks for the question,if biafra is not restor this period this nation will be sinke,we have being killed for 4oyrs now despite the 3RS which was introduce to decived the world for it to look as if the war has ended,

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  • Biafra We Hail Thee
    April 21, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Biafra, the Land of the Rising Sun, we will keep faith till the very end!

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  • onyebuchi
    April 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    We are nt praying for second civil war.but what i is that biafra must stand no mather what, it have com to stay

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  • deji
    April 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Comment…South South leaders goodmorning

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  • Gosca
    April 21, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Mr Akpabio with due respect sir, regards to your review. But may l ask what have you surggested that wil be the lasting solution to this injustice to Biafran land

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  • April 22, 2016 at 12:02 am

    The Igbos paint the Biafra war as if it was only them that fought, suffered, and died in the war. Well, this is an ominous sign for the rest of uscourse. Of course, everybody knows better.

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  • David musa
    April 22, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Let see how u cowardice will accomplish it, after the blood shed of sir, Tafawa balewa and sir,Ahmadu bello, u mimes still have guts to come with such a disgustin’ issue. As a matter of fact col. Nzeogu kaduna is the genenis of the 30 months civil war and with no regret we are still standing tall,ever ready for what y’all are up and how far y’all are willing to take it.#mafiacity!Comment…

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  • Onochie Jebose John
    April 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Akpabio is right. Many of our brothers from the west don’t understand all this. Anioma territory was the battle field bcos biafra was forced across the Niger just few days into the was.
    As christian we need to put all that behind us but is disheartening to see the conspiracy of north and west against east and south/south still lingering to date.
    The indigenisation policy that saw the west and north acquire all the good investment in this country. Thanks to the resilient nature of the Igbo’s that saw them achieve after the war.
    Asaba lost all their men in one day (Asaba massacre) no thanks to the war.

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  • Johngreat
    April 22, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Comment…God bless my amiable senator

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  • Uk22
    April 22, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Now i beliv dat igbos are from Isreal. Upon the destructions and killings they gave igbos £20, yet the gift of wisdom and prosperity is with them, ruling and dominating naija economy. Truly there are the chosen generation.

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  • TAMMY
    April 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    LET ME LET NIGERIANS KNOW SOME THINGS.
    BEFORE BUHARI, GOWON, OBASANJO AND OTHERS WERE BORN THE LAW OF NATURE HAS NOT CHANGED, E.G. CAIN KILLED ABEL AND GOD PLACED AN ETERNAL COUSE UPON HIM. KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE JUST BECOUSE THEY ARE PROTESTING FOR THERE RIGHT IS ETERNAL JUDGEMENT AND NO PASTOR OR IMAM CAN CHANGE IT.
    BIAFRA IS NOW IN ITS SPIRITUAL FORM, SO, KILLING THE HUMANS CAN NEVER SOLVE THE PROBLEM.
    THE BRITAIN WHO CREATED NIGERIA MADE IT SO TO CREATE A LORD AND SERVANT CONCEPT, SO WHEN A PEOPLE HAD DEMYSTIFIED THIS CONCURTIONS THEY WOULD NEVER ACCEPT TO BE PART OF SUCH AN ONE CREATION. THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED IN ROME BETWEEN THE CHRISTIAN AND THE EMPERORS.
    THESE SO CALLED LEADERS OF HYPOCRISY AND CAMELION; THEY KNOW THE TRUTH BUT ARE AFRAID OF LOOSING THERE INVESTMENTS, INCLUDING THE SO CALLED MEN OF GOD; YES A MEAN SO CALLED MEN OF GOD, THAT IS WHY THEY WOULD ONLY PREACH THE PART OF THE BIBLE THAT WOULD BRING MEMBERS AND MONEY. CHRISTIANS BY FAITH AND MOMMONS SERVANTS BY PRINCIPLE.
    BIAFRA IS NOT IGBO CREATION BUT A CRY FOR LIBERTY FOR A PEOPLE, JUST LIKE ME, I AM NOT IGBO BUT I SUPPORT BIAFRA.

    AS A PROPHET OF ELOHIM GIBOR. YAHUWAH HAD SHOWED TO ME THE JUDGEMENT THAT WILL BEFALL NIGERIA BECOUSE THE SYSTEM IS BUILT UPON “SATAN POSING AS AN HOLY ANGEL”.
    GOD DESTROYED THE GAINTS IN THE ERA OF NOAH AND THE SPIRITS OF THOSE GAINTS ARE THE DEMONS WE SEE TODAY HOW MUCH MORE KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE.
    WHEN YOU KILL HUMAN BODY, THE SPIRIT ROAM AROUND TO CRY FOR VENGANCE. SO, THE SPIRIT OF THE BIAFRANS ARE NOW IMMORTALS THAT CANNOT BE KILLED, THOSE WHO KILLED THEM WILL SEE THEIR ALTERLY DESTRUCTION. DON’T BE DECEIVED WHAT EVER NIGERIA SOWS IT SHALL REAP INCLUDING THE KILLING OF SHITE MUSLIMS.
    MANY NATIONS HAD DONE SAME EVIL AND THEY NEVER ESCAPED JUDGEMENT, HOW MUCH MORE NIGERIA.
    SEPARATE IN PEACE OR YOU BECOME SWORN ENEMIES FOREVER.
    THE PEOPLE ARE READY TO DIE JUST LIKE CHRISTIAN ARE READY TO DIE IN ROME. I ASK DID THAT STOP CHRISTIANITY? THE PRESENT CHRISTIANS TODAY DID THEY NOT HEAR ABOUT WHAT BEFALL THERE BRETHERN OF OLD? ARE THERE NOT EVEN MORE CHRISTIANS TODAY? WAKE UP NIGERIA AND STOP LIVING IN THE FOOL’S PARADISE.
    EVIL CANNOT THEN STOP EVIL. IF NIGERIAN THINKS THAT BIAFRA IS SUCH AN ONE. CAN TWO WRONGS MAKE A RIGHT? THINK, COMMON SENSE . OR NIGERIA RUNNING AWAY FROM THE TRUTH BECOUSE TRUTH IS BITTER? OR IS NIGERIA BUYING MORE TIME WHILST THEY AWAIT THERE DOOMSDAY ? COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON.

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