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Nigerian Civil War Could Have Been Avoided If.. – Otti

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The Governor of Abia State Alex Otti has claimed that the Nigerian civil war could have been avoided if reason was allowed to prevail by the leaders at the time. 

Otti, who spoke in an address during the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Umuahia, pointed that the loss of millions of lives during the war would remain a long-standing stain on the country’ s history.

The governor praised the sacrifices being made by men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces in protecting the lives, property and territorial integrity of the nation.

He lamented that the country is presently troubled by domestic insecurity and growing sense of uncertainty, adding that the Nigeria’s security system is overstretched by internal disturbances across the country.

The Abia governor however, commended the officers and men of Nigerian Armed Forces for bravely fighting terrorism and kidnapping, and for always tackling religious and political extremism as well as preserving the unity of the nation.

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“The events leading to the civil war and the war itself were very tragic and could have been avoided if reason had been allowed to prevail at certain critical points.

“The shedding of the blood of millions of people, especially innocent, non-combatant women, children and the elderly, would remain a long-standing stain on our history and there should be no attempt to downplay that; even then, history would also record the quick attempts at reconciliation and reintegration initiated by the military itself as an eternal redeeming gesture,” he said.

Otti lamented that some Nigerians, particularly the elite, had not yet drawn lessons from the civil war’s events and had declined to take part in productive discourse and nation-building.

He issued a warning to Nigerians not to fuel hatred and division by using divisive language, creating clan divisions, and encouraging young people to attack others. He claimed that these actions trivialise and undervalue the enormous sacrifices made by generations of Nigerians over the years that have kept the nation united since before independence.

He called for improved welfare for retired soldiers and their families, saying that doing so would further encourage the morale of officers still in service to discharge their duties effectively, as, according to him, serving and retired servicemen in the Armed Forces have not been receiving quality welfare commensurate with their sacrifices.

He recalled how his administration partnered with the various security formations in the state to destroy several operational bases of kidnappers and other criminals and promised that all security formations in Abia would continue to receive adequate support from his administration.

He also identified some ex-servicemen for special recognition.

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