Gowon on Achebe, “He is talking from a position of ignorance”

by Isi Esene

Nigeria’s Civil War president, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd.), has hit renowned writer, Chinua Achebe, very hard over the content of his recently released book on the Nigerian Civil War saying Achebe was writing from a position of ignorance.

The ex-president reportedly said this yesterday while speaking to newsmen on a visit to Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu at the Presidential Lodge, Minna, Niger state.

He said neither he nor Obafemi Awolowo had any regret over the decisions made during the war stressing that he is ready to face the International Criminal Court of Justice at the Hague to defend his actions during the war.

“What role did Achebe play in the secessionist plans? Achebe must  have been outside the country during the war and probably did not know what happened during the period otherwise he would not have written on what he was not sure of.

“In fact , if there was no secession by the south eastern part of the country, there would have been no civil war because right from the beginning of the crises,  the war would have been averted if not for the secession . It was something I believed we could have stopped,” he stressed.

Gowon also denied the allegation that the federal troops used hunger as a weapon to dislodge Igbos during the war.

“It  was the Igbo that objected to the creation of corridor for movements of  medical  aid  and food supplies  to the civilian population at the period; on this,  I am ready to face the International Criminal Court of Justice at the Hague for prosecution over  the role played by me during the war  and, fortunately,  some Nigerians are still alive to bear witness to the roles played by both the leadership of the secessionist group and the then Federal Military Government under my leadership” he claimed.

Gowon, who was in Minna for a 2-day prayer organized by Nigeria Prays, a group he leads, said that the massive deaths recorded by the Igbo during the civil war was caused by their own propaganda machine which claimed that the northern invaders were coming to their camps and that caused panic and  pandemonium among their people because some people were trying to move from one location to the other out of fear of imaginary attacks by the so called northern invaders and without food.

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  1. Pingback: Gowon goes toe-to-toe with Obasanjo, describes his utterance as "highly irresponsible" | YNaija

  2. Professor Chinua Achebe is absolutely correct in his latest book ‘There was a Country’ as it reveals true situation of Nigeria as at that time. Gowon is not happy because what he thought was official secreted has been exposed to the world. He is not a Christian because he is a liar. Gowon has twenty tongues as he contradicts him self from time to time. The coward, Gowon can now talk because Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu is late. Look at at his hands with over 3 million innocent blood.

  3. enyi oha • in a minute

    enyi oha • a few seconds ago • parent

    GOWON

    MUST BE CANNONISED A SAINT SINCE HE NEVER MADE ANY MISTAKE IN THE WAY

    AND MANNER HE PROSECUTED A WAR THAT COST THE LIVES OF OVER TWO MILLION

    CIVILIAN NON COMBATANTS.WHAT IS HE PRAYING FOR THEN, IF AFTER 42 YEARS

    OF VICTORY, HE STILL NEEDS TO PRAY FOR HIS NIGERIA WHERE INEQUITY,

    INJUSTICE AND CORRUPTION REIGN SUPREME?.

    IT WOULD APPEAR THAT GOWON'S LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF 'CONFEDERATION'

    IN ABURI IN 1967 STILL PLAGUES HIM ON 'GENOCIDE' IN 2012 , HIS PhD IN

    POLITICAL SCIENCE NOTWITHSTANDING.

    IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT GOWON WOULD OVERSEE POGROM OF TENS OF

    THOUSANDS OF HIS CITIZENS,STARVE 2 MILLION INTERNALLY DISPLACED

    CITIZENS OF RELIEF,RENEGE ON ABURI ACCORD,STARVE TWO MILLION CIVILIAN

    'REBELS ENEMIES' TO DEATH, REFUSE TO IMPLEMENT THE 'THREE Rs', IMPLEMENT MANY OBNOXIOUS

    ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL POLICIES AGAINST A SECTION OF HIS CITIZENS ALL IN

    2012 JUST LIKE HE DID BETWEEN 1966 AND 1975.

    IS HE NOT A FOOLISH MAN AND A BLOODY LIER FOR PRAYING FOR NIGERIA TO BE GOOD BASED ON EVIL?GOD CAN NEVER HEAR SUCH A PRAYER!

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