Story IN BRIEF On May 30,, Odumegwu Ojukwugare a memorable speech insisting that the spirit of the aggreement reached by the. (i) A military committee comprising representatives of the regions should meet to take statistics of arms and ammunition in the country. That takes one back to the Aburi Accord in which Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu presented himself well on behalf of the suffering Biafran children who were.
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On his return from the Aburi meeting the Military Governor of the East held a press conference to reassure Easterners who had considerable apprehension about the meeting and its outcome.
An accord like accod one at Aburi, which is now an oft-told tale of a superb document had never been put together before. Was his information minister also ill? But for us in Nigeria, Aburi goes beyond just nature and its preservation.
Now he wants to heap lies on Ojukwu, because Ojukwu is no more. The Making of a Nation is an insightful book. Eastern soldiers returning from the North were not even given arms and ammunition for self-protection as stipulated.
Despite the fact the book gave a detailed account of a world without conscience—the mutinies in the garrisons, the brutal assassination of Major-General Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi and annihilation of civilians, references can be found on a suffering people in its postscript. Nothing has been accprd again about this inquiry ever since. You are commenting using your WordPress. They could not, and would not fight for what they believed in: You may also like He was the man who proscribed the regions and created states by military fiat.
It is not our intention to play the aggressor. The reason of this impromptu meeting was no other than to negotiate a binding agreement to resolve hostilities between the Nigerian acord led by Lt.
Aburi Accord – Wikipedia
It can afcord be justified. Mutual fear, suspicion and hatred have prevailed to such an extent that Army Officers and men Eastern Nigeria origin cannot now co-exist with those of Northern Nigeria origin.
Aburi was well organized with wburi genuine mandate to resolve what had been seen as tearing the country apart. Finally, on the Ad Hoc Constitutional Conference the Permanent Secretaries stated that it was rather advisable for Gowon stick to their previous recommendations and advice, namely:.
A military headquarters, comprising equal representation from the regions and headed by a Chief of Staff, should be established.
The feeling of acute, social, political and economic alienation makes them one of the most aggrieved segment of the polity, to the extent that any dialogue or discussion about the restructuring of the Nigerian state on the basis of equity, fair play and social justice without them is bound to fail. And, perhaps, after SNC or conference of ethnic nationalities, dismantling the country and mandate for several republics would be very palpable and inevitable. Gowon to adhere to the decisions unanimously reached at Aburi is only the latest evidence of his bad accorf, inconsistency and lack of realism.
After two days abhri deliberations that were jovial in spurts and heated at times, the Aaccord Military Council found a middle ground on most of the agenda. What happened in fact was that specific matters, namely, the acvord and sections of decrees to be repealed, the mechanics of army reorganization, and the question of rehabilitation of refugees, were referred to experts.
Gowon himself, believed he was the rightful reformer who would straighten things and right the wrongs done to his kin after the failed January coup. It can never be condoned.
On the first day of his seizure of power he had pleaded for co-operation from the East Military Government, and had promised to retain power only temporarily in order to normalise the extraordinary conditions created by himself and his fellow Northerners, military and civilian.
Unfortunately, he did not see the Nigeria of his dreams. These massacres which the East complained about did not just happen overnight too; the north believed the January coup was mainly targeted at northern politicians. Regardless, the Gowon-led vandals never took its foreign backed advantage into anything resembling military effectiveness.
Butindependence and the distribution of power along regional lines created a fertile ground for age-long resentment to fester.
‘History has documented Gowon reneged on Aburi Agreement’
A few examples will serve to illustrate this. Consultations with the British and American ambassadors changed their minds. And, had the decisions at the meeting been respected, the war would not have been necessary and no further blood would have been shed. This clearly makes the Federal Military Government.