Another civil war could spell the end of Nigeria – Gowon


Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retired)

By Muhaimin Olowoporoku

Yakubu Gowon, an elderly statesman and former military head of state, has warned the country’s youth against agitation for another civil war in Nigeria.

Gowon says it could mean permanent death for Nigerians.

The former military head of state warned that a new civil war would also push Nigeria back to unimaginable dimensions.

He made the comment on Saturday in Abuja at a public lecture on “Rejigging the Security Architecture of Nigeria”.

Gowon, who was represented by the former Governor of Bauchi State, Major General Chris Abutu Garuba, described the war as an unpleasant situation.

He noted that those who fell victim to it would not want Nigeria to enter another apart from the one fought between 1967 and 1970.

The older statesman has expressed concern over growing tension among young people and called on the federal government to step up to the challenge.

A professor of African history, peace and conflict studies at the University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Olawale Albert, who spoke at the event, said war would only do aggravate the problems facing the nation.

“If you see war, you will run away. Only those who have never seen war can claim it. It doesn’t pay anyone. “

He warned those beating the drums of war, saying Nigerians would ultimately gain nothing.


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