President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Nigeria’s civil war was a warning on the dangers of aggressive regionalism, ethnic baiting and political corruption.
In a message today, January 15 to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil war cessation, President Buhari said that the country would continue to remember the victims of the conflict and honour those on both sides that lost their lives, adding that their tragedy shall be neither forgotten nor repeated.
“The war serves as a potent warning on the dangers of aggressive regionalism, ethnic baiting and political corruption. In it, we must forge common memory that can serve as a bridge to a future free from the ravages of sectarianism.
“We remember the past to draw its lessons; on how we move forward together and live in peace.”
Buhari said that it is unfortunate however that there are some who fail to recognise them and instead repeat its mistakes, preaching inflammatory rhetoric meant only to divide.
“We call on all leaders and parties to moderate their language.
“There were no victors in this war. Yet in rejecting division and embracing unity, we ensure those lives lost were not in vain.”