The Nigerian Army Were Soft On Biafrans During The Civil War – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari today said due to efforts by former
head of state, Yakubu Gowon, who warned the army during the civil
war that Biafrans were not enemies but
“brothers and sisters of the rest of Nigerians”,
the army was soft on Biafrans.
Buhari said this while speaking at his investiture as Grand
Patron of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS)
at the presidential villa in Abuja.
He said: “Earlier in my profession, during the civil war,
I know how much sacrifice members of the Nigerian Red Cross
and their international counterparts did both in the real
front of operations and at the rear, on both sides.
I think it is a lot of sacrifices because anything can
happen to you in the operational areas.
“The risks they faced were real and I admire their courage
and commitment to helping people who were in distress and
were virtually in millions. Those photographs of people
from the Biafra enclave spoke a lot.
“I remember with nostalgia the performance of the
commander-in-chief, General Yakubu Gowon.
Every commander was given a copy of the commander-in-chief’s
instructions that we were not fighting enemies but that
we were fighting our brothers. And thus,
people were constrained to show a lot of restraint.
“The international observer teams were allowed to go as far as possible within and outside the front and I think this was generous and very considerate of General Gowon. He is a highly committed Nigerian.”
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