While speaking at the Biafra at 50 event held at the Yar’Adua centre, Abuja on Thursday, May 25, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo made a dispassionate call for the nation to stay united.
Despite the renewed agitation for a breakup and the creation of an independent state of Biafra as led by the likes of Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the protests by The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
Prof Osinbajo said Nigerians should think more of what unites them than what separates them.
According to Premium Times, during his speech, he said: “No country is perfect; around the world we have seen and continue to see expressions of intra-national discontent.
“The truth is that many, if not most nations of the world are made up of different peoples and cultures and beliefs and religions, who find themselves thrown together by circumstance.”
The colloquim on “Biafra: 50 years after’’ organized by the Yar’ Adua Foundation at the Shehu Musa Yar’ adua Centre, Abuja, included former President Olusegun Obasanjo, John Nwodo, leader of Ohaneze, the Pan-Igbo socio-cultural organization and Ahmed Joda amongst other dignitaries that graced the occasion.
He also emphasized that all Nigerians need to learn from history.
“Introspection is probably what separates us from beasts. That ability to learn from history is perhaps the greatest defense from the avoidable pain of learning from experience, when history is a much gentler and kinder teacher.
“Indeed, the saying experience is the best teacher, is incomplete, the full statement of that Welsh adage is that experience is the best teacher for a fool. History is a kinder and gentler teacher.”
“I recall distinctly how in 1967, passing in front of my home on Ikorodu road almost every hour were trucks carrying passengers and furniture in an endless stream heading east.
“Many Ibos who left various parts of Nigeria, left friends, families and businesses, schools and jobs. Like my friend and aunty some never returned! But many died.
“The reasons for this tragic separation of brothers and sisters were deep and profound. So much has been said and written already about the “why’s and wherefores’’ and that analyses will probably never end,” he said.
Meanwhile, police in Abia have issued a warning against any pro-Biafra protest within the state.
The Abia state command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) warned members of IPOB, MASSOB and other pro-Biafra groups planning to embark on any form of protest to bury the thought.