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

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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.

“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.

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

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31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. austine

    October 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

    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. Onyema Kingsley

    October 26, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Gowon knew his hour has come.. Monkey like him..

  3. Austen Eziuloh

    October 26, 2017 at 5:42 am

    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.

  4. Wilson Mike

    October 26, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Nigeria is always unprepared for everything except in perverting justice

  5. Ufot Ekpo

    October 26, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Was Africa named after the colonial masters ?
    Gowon pls tell us

  6. Amb Maintain

    October 26, 2017 at 1:24 am

    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.

  7. Ejike Okol

    October 26, 2017 at 1:01 am

    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)

  8. Chidon Deval

    October 26, 2017 at 12:58 am

    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

  9. Chidon Deval

    October 26, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Hate him or like even a little boy of yesterday from his knows that Gowon lied against ojukwu

  10. Uche Jenesis Nwekoyo

    October 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Hahahaha gowon is a liar

  11. Pius Ufaroh

    October 25, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    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

  12. Don Martino

    October 25, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    That’s why Fulani will continue to slaughter his people

  13. Chuks Umeh

    October 25, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    My dear no mind him,every body know that Mr Gowon is a bloody lier

  14. Alfa Alfred

    October 25, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Even up till now Nigeria isn’t prepared!!!

  15. Meg Ojeah Onwurah

    October 25, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    How sick was he that he couldn’t speak immediately on such a serious mattar after the Aburi Accord and Ojokwu did before him. There are lies in his story

  16. Ameshi Ogidiga

    October 25, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Please tell Gowon to publish the memo or the video. We are tired of old man lying to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  17. Iyke Eze

    October 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

  18. Alvin Mccorvey

    October 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Aman

  19. Chinedu Omeje

    October 25, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Don’t mind yakubu Gowon, the jack

  20. Seriki Aloma

    October 25, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Ffk u escaped from psychiatric hospital in Ghana go back and complete your medicals

    • Ufot Ekpo

      October 26, 2017 at 2:21 am

      Arabic slave. Your case is worst than that of the Igbo man if you must know

  21. Rony Mandy

    October 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Sir you don’t need to tell us what we already knew. Gowon is a bloody liar and he will rot in hell for his murderous act

  22. Clinton Chijioke

    October 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    GOD forbid

  23. Innocent Chibuuzo Okoye

    October 25, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    My last hope

  24. Innocent Chibuuzo Okoye

    October 25, 2017 at 7:12 pm

  25. Innocent Chibuuzo Okoye

    October 25, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    All I know is that soon and very soon he(GOWON) will join that OJUKWU .

  26. Alkali Dogo

    October 25, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Mr.FFK the parrot.

  27. Muhammad Umar

    October 25, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    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.”

  28. Benjamin Ohamadike Ifeanyi

    October 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    The law of karma will continue to chase Gowon till his death.

  29. Kelechi Nwachineke Ipob

    October 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Boko haram and Nigerian army are the same the difference is the Name
    Am in my House comman beat me Jubril from Sudan
    #SAYNOTOELECTION
    #ZOOMUSTFALL
    #FREEBIAFRA

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