Gowon declares he has no regrets carrying out Nigerian civil war 50 years ago

Gowon declares he has no regrets carrying out Nigerian civil war 50 years ago

- A former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has partly explained a reason the civil war was fought 50 years ago

- Gowon said that the goal of the war was to keep Nigeria united

- The former head of state added that because of the aim of the war, he has no regrets

Fifty years after Nigeria's civil war, then head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has spoken about the crisis that hit the country for close to three years between 1967 and 1970.

Gowon has said he does not regret leading the country through the war, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reports.

Speaking with the Hausa Service of the BBC, Gowon said the war was aimed at uniting Nigeria in contradiction of claims that it was meant to fracture the country.

“Henceforth, I see no reason as to why I should be remorseful over what we’ve done; since we did it because of our love for the country," he said.

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He insisted that the war ended without a winner and that no part of the country was subdued.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, speaking at an event to mark 50 years of the end of the civil war recently, urged Nigerians to speak out against bad leadership.

“I propose that we borrow a leaf from our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora," he said.

Gowon declares he does not regret carrying out civil war 50 years ago
Gowon was Nigeria's military leader during the civil war years between 1967 and 1970.
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Also speaking recently, a Nigerian politician and economist, Pat Utomi, described the war fought in Nigeria as an event that was not actually necessary.

Speaking on a television programme concerning the war, the professor of political economics said the war would not have been fought if there were what he called honest conversations by the country's authorities at the period.

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He argued: "In my view, the Nigerian civil war was completely unnecessary, it was something that honest conversations could have taken care of and the path of progress that the country was travelling could have continued."

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