The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, former president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, and many others are currently seated at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre in Abuja to discuss the Nigerian-Biafra civil war after 50 years.
Also seated for the debate is the president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo John Nnia-Nwodo, Pat Utomi and Dr Oby Ezekwesili.
The chairman of the occasion is the former permanent secretary for the ministry of information, education and industry, Mohammed Joda.
Speaking at the event, Innocent Chukwuma of Ford Foundation – the co-organizers with Shehu Musa Yar’adua Foundation, said the event was the first of its kind.
Chukwuma said: “This is the first time this event came up and nothing or nobody stopped it. In fact all the people here were so glad to be part of this event including our amiable acting president Yemi Osinbajo.”
He further urged that a date be set aside for the commeration of the events that took place during the civil war in 1967.
“This is important because history is no longer taught in our schools,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) have called on the United Nations to step up action by granting freedom to Biafra.
The groups urged the UN to stop the unending killings and brutal treatment meted out to people of the defunct eastern region by Nigerian government.