Biafran War: Nigeria Has Not Learned Lessons From Civil War History
Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, has said that Nigeria has not learned the lessons from the Biafran War.
Senator Ekweremadu traced the humanitarian crisis in the North-East to the nation’s failure to learn lessons from the civil war to build her internal capacity and mechanisms for managing such situations.
The Deputy Senate President also affirmed the National Assembly’s commitment to bringing succour to parts of the country facing humanitarian challenges.
Ekweremadu made the disclosure while receiving a delegation from the Princess Modupe Ozolua-led Empower 54, which paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
He observed that as a country that had gone through armed conflict and humanitarian crises, Nigeria ought to have learnt from such experiences and strengthened her capacity to build peace and manage humanitarian challenges.
Speaking from his own personal experience, he said:
“As a young boy in the 1960s, I experienced firsthand the humanitarian crisis in the eastern part of Nigeria occasioned by the Biafran war.
“Then, we had to depend on international donors and humanitarian organizations.
“Unfortunately, from the developments so far in the North East, it is clear that, like virtually every other thing in our history, we did not learn from that experience.
Ekweremadu – Nigeria Has Not Learnt From Biafran War History
“We remain heavily dependent on humanitarian organizations and donors.
“If we had learnt from the experience of the civil war, Nigeria would have needed little or no external support.
“We would have built our internal capacity and mechanisms to manage the North East situation”.
He, however, commended the Empower 54 initiative for its humanitarian outreach, particularly its efforts to have some of its supplies manufactured in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, pro-Biafra agitators, MASSOB have declared that no amount of pressure would make their group and other pro-Biafra groups quit their struggle for the actualisation of an independent state of Biafra.
Leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Comrade Uchenna Madu, made the statement yesterday in Aba.
Speaking to newsmen, Madu said the agitation for Biafra had come a long way such that the groups behind it would not relent until their dream was actualized.