Biafra: Fani-Kayode Reacts To Gowon’s Claim That Ojukwu’s ‘Lies’ Caused Civil War

On October 25, 2017 31 Comments

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Wednesday reacted to claim by ex-Military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, that late warlord, Odumegwu Ojukwu caused the Biafra civil war.

Fani-Kayode maintained that Ojukwu agreed to the terms reached at Aburi.

Describing Gowon’s remark as false, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain stressed that the former Head of State reneged on the agreement upon his returned to Nigeria from Ghana.

In a tweet on his Twitter handle, Fani-Kayode wrote: “Gen. Yakubu Gowon, an elder statesman who I revere, said Ojukwu caused the civil war by lying about what transpired in Aburi.

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“This is false. Ojukwu told no lie. Gowon agreed to all the terms in Aburi but when he got home he reneged on the agreement. This is what led to the civil war.”

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Gowon had alleged that lies by the late warlord after the Aburi Accord led to Biafra civil war between 1967 and 1970.

Gowon made the claim while giving insight into what happened at the Aburi Conference, in Ghana, convened to resolve Nigeria’s civil war.

He said the Federal Government went to Aburi unprepared, following a disagreement which broke out between the Supreme Military Council (SMC) and the Eastern region, led by Ojukwu.

Speaking on AIT’s programme ‘People, Politics and Power’, on Tuesday, Gowon said the decision to go to Aburi was borne out of the desire to win back the trust and confidence of Nigerians.

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He maintained that secession was never part of the resolutions they agreed on.

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Comments (31)


  1. austine says:

    Just imagine! The big fool and war criminal is not ashamed to tell the world that he went from Nigeria to Ghana for a meeting to resolve issues unprepared. What has happened to his one Nigeria now that his own Plateau people are being murdered in cold blood daily by the same Fulani he joined hand with to kill Biafrans. Nemesis will continue to hunt him till death.

  2. Austen Eziuloh says:

    The Sword shall never depart from Gowon’s door steps-Plateau. God purposely kept him alive till now so that he will stay and see with his two eyes how sweet it is when innocent people are slaughtered with reckless abandon. He must be drinking champagne while his people die.

  3. Amb Maintain says:

    The genocide he committed to the Igbo race is pursuing him, afterall Gowon had earlier apologised to ndi Igbo for forgiveness and he still has fear of not being forgiven cos he has not confessed how he caused the death of many Unarmed Igbo Civilians.

  4. Ejike Okol says:

    Up till to confidence have not been win back even toddlers ran for safety when vaccine was to be injected to them by the military why? No matter how many years bad deeds is hidden one day it must come to the open History of Nigerian civil war have never ever taught in school instead no more history in Nigerian schools even Bight of Biafra erased from the map But to day even the toddlers have known the truth about the Nigerian civil war through python Dance and now they want to give vaccine What happened the toddlers took to their heels on the run Confidence have eluded Nigerian since after the civil war (No confidence)

  5. Chidon Deval says:

    Gowon came back and turned agains the initial agreement in aburi after hausa fulani jihadist advice him not to agree with the terms in aburi my ground father told me everything before he died

  6. Pius Ufaroh says:

    This country is built on false foundation. The leaders also lie too much. How can the federal government go to such meeting unprepared. Funny enough he signed the agreement only to come back and fail to implement it.
    Oga, you are a liar because you read and sign it. Agreement is agreement

  7. Muhammad Umar says:

    MY STORY: “Ojukwu’s Lies Sparked Civil War In Nigeria” – Yakubu Gowon

    Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) has disclosed how lies by late warlord, Odumegu Ojukwu after the Aburi accord led to Biafra civil war, between 1967 and 1970.

    Gowon made the claim while giving insight into what happened at the Aburi Conference, in Ghana, convened to resolve Nigeria’s political logjam.

    He said Federal Government went to Aburi unprepared, following a disagreement which broke out between the Supreme Military Council (SMC) and the Eastern region, led by Ojukwu.

    Speaking on AIT’s programme “People, Politics and Power,” on Tuesday, Gowon said the decision to go to Aburi was borne out of the desire to win back the trust and confidence of Nigerians.

    He maintained that secession was never part of the resolutions they agreed on.

    Gowon said, “We agreed to put our heads together, to regain the trust and confidence of Nigerians. We went to Aburi, to agree to deal with the situation of our country, by ourselves.

    “We did not go with any prepared position on the federal side, but, Ojukwu came with a paper he prepared. His prepared position was on a pink paper. Usually, pink paper at the Staff College is directing staff solution to the problem.”

    Gowon said most of the positions presented by Ojukwu at the conference were accepted and upon their return to Nigeria, he was determined to keep the country united by assuaging the South East but Ojukwu felt otherwise.

    He said Ojukwu’s refusal may have been as a result of killings of Igbos in the North, a situation that made him (Ojukwu) insist on Nigeria’s breakup.

    Gowon disclosed that part of the agreement in Aburi was that upon return to Nigeria, he would be the first to make any statement concerning the resolutions before any governor makes any statement.

    He said, “But, by the time I returned, I was ill; I had fever. I could not make any statement. But, Ojukwu went to the radio, to make a statement and said the things we never agreed on.

    “David Ejoor was the one who called me one early morning to ask if I had heard what Ojukwu said, and I said no. He then reeled out all that Ojukwu had said and I asked David, in all honesty, if that was what we agreed. He said no.

    “To keep the country together was not a task that I could do alone. I needed the cooperation and understanding of every Nigerian. And, in order to ensure we kept the country together, I reckoned that we needed to have discussions among ourselves. We had a civil servant who was exceptionally experienced and good.

    “We went there (Aburi) to restore the trust of our country. If we were working together, anyone with conscience will assuage the feelings (of the South-easterners). But, Ojukwu thought otherwise. He had in mind all along, based on what happened to his people in the North, that secession was the only way out. But, we were thinking of the whole country, because all parts of the country were involved. The military was not involved in the killings of South-easterners in the North.”

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