ON A SERIOUS NOTE: LET'S GIVE PEACE A CHANCE AS WE WISH HAPPY 85TH BIRTHDAY TO GENERAL GOWON By Chris Onyishi.

Gen. Yakubu Gowon.

As a young handsome army officer of less than 32 years of age, General Gowon reneged on Aburi accord (reached on 4th and 5th January, 1967 "at a meeting attended by delegates of both the Federal Government of Nigeria (the Supreme Military Council) and the Eastern delegates, led by the Eastern Region's leader Colonel Ojukwu. The meeting was billed to be the last chance of preventing all out war") when he came back to Nigeria to give tacit support, with the backing of Britain and her allies, in a carnage that stood - at that time - only, second to the holocaust.


Thereafter, when he's gotten more than a mouthful of blood, he agreed to a ceasefire and declared the 3Rs.

The first implementation of the 3Rs was to reduce every Igbo person to £20. Then followed by an "indiginisation" exercise that was carefully crafted behind the Igbos, in addition to all abandoned property nuisances. What would they have achieved or bought with £20 in the exercise?

It's possible to begin to argue that the war was necessitated to preserve a Nigeria. What was the purpose of the post war anti Igbo policies, one may ask? Was the war ended so as to follow the backdoor - though obnoxious and anti-human means - to extirpate the same Ndi Igbo, you refused to go, from the surface of the earth?

Today, almost major groups in Nigeria are seeing what Igbos saw, over 48 years ago. Who's, then, setting Nigeria back? We keep saying that what goes around comes around, but we're not praying for it. Let every man who has the opportunity to preserve humanity cash in on it, because we all are members of humanity. Later day repentances may be an aberration, most often. Not all perpetrators of anti-human activities are lucky to go scot-free. Even if they do, their offspring get caught, most often.

I call on politicians - across the country - to read history and remember the factors of Nigeria and give peace a chance. Let the last civil war become enough sacrifice for a prosperous Nigeria.

Gentleman officer, we wish you many more years of good health lined with bliss as you celebrate your 85th birthday. We run by the new law. We refuse to pay an eye with an eye.

Chris Onyishi (ctekchris@yahoo.com).