Don’t destroy Nigeria, Gowon, Soyinka, others warn leaders

Tue Jan 14th, 2020 - Lagos

Fifty years after the end of the Nigerian Civil War, principal actors, historians and other players in the political space yesterday warned against acts capable of destroying the country.Urging Nigerians to see the war years as a reference point for reconciliation and unity, they advised politicians to chart paths for harmonious living among the people.

They made this known at the ‘Never Again Conference 2020’ organised by Igbo think-tank, Nzuko Umunna, and Ndigbo Lagos, in collaboration with civil society organisations. In attendance were political historian, Prof. Banji Akintoye; former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon; Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; a former presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi; Fellow of the Institute of Biology of the United Kingdom, Prof. Anya O. Anya; singer and rights activist, Onyeka Onwenu; a former Minister of Information, Frank Nweke; and Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, among others.

In his keynote address, Akintoye noted that Nigeria consists of many different nations, radically different in culture, political tradition, perception of reality and expectation. According to him, these differences must be addressed, if the country must have peace.He lamented that the country is being managed like the exclusive preserve of a particular minority group intent on establishing its interests in the executive, administrative, judicial and security sectors of the country.




source: Guardian