Obasanjo says Nigeria didn’t plan to wipe out Igbo during Biafra

Obasanjo says Nigeria didn’t plan to wipe out Igbo during Biafra

EX President Olusegun Obasanjo said it was not the intention of the Federal Government to wipe out Igbo during the civil war.

Obasanjo said this at an event tagged, ‘Memory and Nation Building: Biafra 50 years later’, which held in Abuja on Thursday.

The event was held to commemorate 50 years of the declaration of an independent state of Biafra by the late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu on May 30, 1967.

Obasanjo as the Commander, Third Marine Commando Division, was the military officer who accepted the surrender of Biafran forces on January 12, 1970, after three years of war.

Recalling his role in the civil war, Obasanjo said it was never the plan of the Nigerian government to exterminate the Igbo.

He said everything that the federal troops did was in a bid to unite the country.

Obasanjo added, “We had in our pocket the Geneva convention to guide us. In addition to that, we had a special code of conduct. Third, we had foreign observers. We had people who were like umpires.

“If it was a war to exterminate and we had no reconciliation in mind, what would foreign observers be doing? The foreign observers reported periodically and even had powers to investigate any allegation and they did.

“As one of the commanders in the field, I have said it before and I say it again. Civil war is more difficult than fighting in a foreign land. In foreign land, you fight to exterminate and destroy but in civil war, you fight to unite and when you’re fighting to unite, how much do you have to do to prevent destruction and alienation.”

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5 Comments

  1. Mere rhetoric
    The fact is the plan of the Hausa/Fulani, masterminded by Murtala, did not eventually fully work out as planned
    They thought they could rap up the war in few weeks, but what they met was way beyond their imagination
    Not even in their widest dream did they thought the Biafrans would be such a hard nut to crack
    No thanks to the lack of weapons on the part of Biafra
    It could have been quite a different ball game
    Military opportunists like Obasanjo wouldn’t have been there saying all those old man’s subjective tale

  2. Some of the statements by Obasanjo these days can really tempt one to inspire sedition but thank God for self-control!

  3. Let all of us see Nigeria as one and join hand to build our great Nation. No body should see ruling as birth right.

  4. The old fool is the mouth piece of the evil Fulanis jihads. God showed it to me in a dream two years. Obasanjo is a hypocrit, the blood of Biafrans Obasanjo and his Northern Masters killed cry for
    vengeance, no matter what Obasanjo says remember
    he called Biafrans miscreants God is keeping alive
    to see Biafra restored. Obasanjo is a big problem in
    Nigeria. He and his generation destroyed the contraption with evil style administration. Biafra is here. Long live the Republic of Biafra!!!!!

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