Friday 21 October, 2016
After a movie premiere which was held on Thursday, 20th October 2016, at the Muson centre, Onikan, Lagos State, which entertained dignitaries like Olu Jacobs, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett and Onyeka Onwenu; the former military head of State of Nigeria, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, came out of the hall soberly and condemning the successive governments of Nigeria for being wicked and unjust towards the communities in the oil rich regions of Biafra as the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) had alleged.
Gowon was the special guest of honour at the premiere of Oloibiri, a movie about the hardships, deprivations, brutalities and killings that Biafrans have experienced under the 'rulership' of the Nigerian government as designed by Britain.
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Reacting to the movie, Gowon said "Watching through the movie, I cannot help but feel with the plight of Oloibiri and all other oil producing communities and their people in the land. I agree that the movie mirrors a clear manifestation of the collective negligence and failure of leadership in successive governments in Nigeria.
"Looking back today, I must confess here that the people of Oloibiri have felt badly neglected and of course, they are hurt.
"We must, however, acknowledge as a country and as a people that along the way, we have made mistakes. Clearly, Oloibiri community has not been treated fairly, they deserve sympathy, consideration and collective resolve to develop this once vibrant community.
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"I move as a former head of state to offer the country's profound regrets and my personal apology to the good people of Oloibiri with the prayers to the present and future governments at all levels to work towards redressing the wrongs of the past to these people.
"I also request the people of Oloibiri to forgive the oversight and mistakes of the government and the corporate government of Nigeria."
Recall that this same Yakubu Gowon, apart from his role in the Nigeria-Biafra war and the war crimes hanging over him, has countlessly fueled the brutalities of the Nigerian government against peaceful and unarmed Biafra agitators. He has continued to unapologetically reference the 1967-1970 genocide and has since, insisted that "Biafra is dead and buried" all in his bid to erase the name 'Biafra'.
On Wednesday 3rd August 2016, when visited by Senator Shehu Sani in Abuja, Gowon unrepentantly stated that "Nigeria killed over 6 million Biafrans (not for political, social nor economic reasons but) to retain the 'shape' of Nigeria's map.
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At this point, we can deduce that Gowon is on a mission to penetrate the minds of Biafra agitators who are already determined to restore Biafra. Gowon, who has never condemned the unprovoked and indiscriminate killings, tortures, illegal detentions and rights abuse of Biafrans by the Nigerian security operatives lacks all moral grounds to talk about the welfare of Biafrans.
Gowon should hence realise that IPOB is the king of mind games. We can never give in to such hypocritical sweet but empty apologies. The only apology we will accept at this time is the release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and all other Biafrans incarcerated on grounds of self determination.
Sermon lived is better than sermon preached!
Written By Chinedu Ewulu
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers.