- Yakubu Gowon expressed sadness over the crises in some parts of the country
- The former head of state said he had hoped the civil war would end disunity
- He promised to continue to pray for the country
Former head of state, Yakubu Gowon, has expressed regret over the crises going on in some parts of the country saying he had prayed the country would be united after the Biafra civil war.
Gowon was head of state when the country engaged in a civil war between 1967 and 1970 and said he had hoped the country would be more united.
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Vanguard reports that the former head of state spoke in Akure, Ondo state when he led members of the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) on a courtesy call on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
He urged Nigerians to engage in prayers “for us to overcome the problems of unity of the country.”
“It is unfortunate that some of these things are happening. After the civil war, I have hoped and prayed Nigeria will never again go through the experience we had gone through and you can know how disappointed one is that all these sorts of things are happening now.
“In the Northeast, Southern Kaduna and the militants in the South; I will help the government in putting some of these things into prayer”
Gowon however expressed optimism in the state of the nation getting better soon.
“I read in one of the newspapers that the name of Nigeria is no more on the list of countries in economic recession. That shows that things are getting better, so we should not stop praying for the country.”
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Governor Akeredolu in his response commended Gowon for his One Nigeria stance since he was head of state.
“We are indebted to you for life; if not for you, there would not have been one Nigeria because keeping Nigeria one was a task which you did well."
The governor said he prayed all his efforts would not be in vain as the country would only progress if it was united.