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BIAFRA: We must avoid mistakes that led to civil war, Sultan cautions



BIAFRA: We must avoid mistakes that led to civil war, Sultan cautions

Apparently following the growing agitation for a Biafran state from Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has cautioned against repeating the same mistake that plunged the country into a civil war in 1967.

The Sultan advised that the lessons of the three-year war should help Nigerians guard against another such event, adding, that the country may not be lucky to survive the effect this time.

He stated when he spoke to newsmen at the Traditional Rulers Day in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, one of the activities lined up to mark the state’s 50th anniversary.

“As a nation, we have gone through and surmounted the worst of all, a civil war. I think we have lessons to learn from that because very few nations could survive civil war. We must check the lessons and guard against repeating such mistakes and move forward,” Sultan said.

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To also help cushion the growing unrest across different communities and regions in the country, the sultan called on traditional institutions to ensure they do what is expected of them in their various communities even as government is being awaited to perform its constitutional role.

He said, “Traditional rulers know where it pinches their subject, perhaps are in the best positions to cuddle them, love and provide most of their necessities. By their presence and grasp of the local environment, they are better positioned to drive any genuine transformation of the local economy.

“Being the direct leaders of the poor, they are part of the major stakeholders in the alleviation of poverty, they daily bear the brunt of the consequence of poverty.”

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  1. yanju omotodun

    May 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

    The release of Kanu on health ground is a threat to national security because I know the idiot will be nursing some plans for reinforcement to fight the Federal government but we never thought of that.

    • Balarabe musa

      May 5, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Don’t mind them, Baba buhari made effort to cage the monster but judiciary won’t help out.

      • Samuel Ejenobi

        May 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        Buhari is now tired of Naija Delta Militant. Tompolo is now the hero

      • seyi jelili

        May 6, 2017 at 4:03 am

        Judiciary played a good role, buhari should not always have his way, meddling into judiciary judgement is antithetical to democracy

    • seyi jelili

      May 6, 2017 at 4:02 am

      His release is in accordance to the law. Ordinarily he ought to have been released before now, kanu can’t try anything funny again, he has learnt his lesson

  2. Agbor Chris

    May 5, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I’m not expecting anything less from the emir. He’s supposed to be preaching peace and unity and he has respectfully done so.

    • Animashaun Ayodeji

      May 5, 2017 at 11:17 am

      What peace is he preaching? What about the killings in the north? Why didn’t he stand up to totally condemn the act and make sure the Fulani herdsmen also stop engaging themselves in illegal killings? The emir only talked about Biafra because he doesn’t want to be left out. That man you’re seeing isn’t bothered

      • chichi emerue

        May 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        At all because the emir is a pretender to be a peace man but to me he does not care

    • Joy Madu

      May 5, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      i see no peace in the sight of the emir but destruction that will end for evil

  3. Anita Kingsley

    May 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

    The igbo traditional rulers are not as i used to think, honestly. If they were responsible, all the noise about Biafra would have subsided, they are in the best position to talk to those agitating for biafra, but they are not doing anything at all

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