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Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.
Dr. Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and Solid Minerals, has came out to say that her younger sibling from malnutrition, popularly called kwashiorkor during the civil and prayed that no other war should be allowed to occur again in the country.

With eyes laden with emotion and tears, she recounted her gory experience during the 1967-1970 Civil War where attempt by the Igbo to go for a Biafran Republic was defeated.
She spoke at the 2017 edition of the Applause Achievers Awards Night, Symposium and Unity Concert held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Lagos, where she said her family went through harrowing situations during the war and that her father made sure that none of her family members nursed any form of bitterness when the war was over.
She says, “I was born in Lagos, my family was based in Lagos, my father travelled to the East before the war suddenly started, I was just four years old, my mother took me, with my younger sister, (Nkiru), on her back and being pregnant with my younger brother, her first son and then we began the journey to the east.

“My younger sister had kwashiorkor in the process, I grew up overnight, I got a mark on my thigh through the fire I made while trying to take care of my younger sister, my father had to start a school so that we didn’t lose touch with knowledge, it was painful, but at the end of the war in 1970, my father made sure that we never had any bitterness in our souls. We quickly returned to Lagos and started off life again and all through my life, I have never seen myself as being less than any Nigerian.”

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