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Tuesday 31 October 2017

Biafra: Gowon's Indefensible Lies Against Ojukwu And The Contortions Of The Aburi Accord

By Chikwas Onu Ikpe || For Biafra Writers

October 31, 2017

The former Head of State of Nigeria, Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon should be in the dock for the liability of 'defamation of the dead' [Ojukwu]; and answerable to the most brutish (genocidal) crime against humanity, that engulfed a good number [3.5 million] of the Biafran populace via the Nigeria-Biafra War.

The Aburi Accord which was reached on January 4 and 5, 1967, at a meeting attended by representatives of both the then Federal Military Government of Nigeria, led by General Yakubu Gowon, and the then Eastern region's leader Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu (of the blessed memory), at Aburi in Ghana; proffered a last chance of shrinking an out-and-out combative war between the Eastern Nigeria and the rest of Nigeria.

In all likelihood, the infraction of the Accord steered the despicable carnage of the civil war. However, anybody who was present at the Aburi meeting or has read the proceedings, the bulletin, edicts, and literatim reports would be astounded how Yakubu Gowon who acclaimed himself as a head of state could do so without qualms, pervert an official approbation that has his imprint. Upon Gowon's return to Nigeria, his duplicitous implementation of an important provision of the Accord were in toto at variance with the Aburi agreements. The super "bureaucrats" swayed him to hurl the agreements.

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After half a century, Gowon should at least be repentant for committing the most untamed, vicious (genocidal) crime; but gathered the gutsiness to calumniate the reputation of the hallowed memory of our valiant Hero, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Gowon has lied through his teeth; saying that he was determined to keep the country united by "assuaging the South-East," are gibbers of fairy tales full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Indeed, they are empty rhetorics intended to mitigate the villainous crime he had committed.

The conclusions in Aburi were no proposals but decisions, not without the imprimatur of the Supreme Military Council. Distinct matters were endorsed; the decrees and sections of decrees to be repealed, the mechanics of army reorganization, and the question of rehabilitation of displaced persons. Nonetheless, Gowon decided in antithesis to dissolve the regional structures, and the constitutional conference (that should have continued/drafted a new constitution for Nigeria - as was accorded in Aburi); and then unilaterally geared up towards the creation of 12 states.

On the reorganization of the army, Gowon has failed to explain to the world what he meant by the "army continuing to be under one command," when in the very Accord of his statement, he also speaks of an agreement to establish area commands corresponding with the existing regional boundaries. This contradiction in itself tells the truth, and one does not need to lapidate the point.

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Resultantly, these unveiled the concrete agenda for the breach of the agreement. Still and all, they opportunely labelled Ojukwu as the ambitious one, in contempt of unclouded evidence to the contrary. How can one who wanted a new constitution drafted and a reel back to civil rule be indicted of inciting a war?

Gowon has failed to inform the world that owing to the decisions taken at Aburi, the Federal government meant no more than the Supreme Military Council, "to which any decision affecting the whole country shall be referred for determination. Provided that where it is not possible for a meeting to be held, the matter requiring determination must be referred to Military Governors for their comment and concurrence." Hence, reneging on the Aburi Accord, this in particular, was borne out of his sheer megalomania and thirst for power; in cahoots with the elites in Lagos.

A crying shame on Yakubu Dan-Yumma Gowon; the self-acclaimed originator of 'Nigeria Prays' foundation, for stirring up such a barefaced lie on the untainted reputation of our supreme warlord. History will ever be unkind to you. It is never too late; you must surely pay your pound of flesh.

We remain who we are. WE ARE BIAFRANS!


The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
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