I grew up learning about Nigeria's civil war. I grew up learning about the boldness of an Anioma youth: the late Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu. He spearheaded the failed January 15, 1966, coup. Since that bloody coup, mistrust between the North and South of Nigeria has been ongoing.
Fast forward to 2016- Speaking at the 50th commemoration of the death of Ahmadu Bello, President Buhari described the assassination of the prominent Northern premiere and its consequence on Nigeria.
“The events of January 15, 1966, were a monumental tragedy. They set in motion other tragedies that severely bucketed our country. The assassination of our revered Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Okotie Eboh, Brig.-Gen. Maimalari and other political and military leaders pushed Nigeria to a new dangerous place, culminating in a civil war. I lived through these events as a young officer.
“My generation can testify that this is an important value and that it is better to talk through our differences than come to blow with short cuffs, the opportunism and the narrow-minded magnification and mobilization of every imaginable difference for political gain, ruining the promise and optimism of the early post-independence fears. These are the sort of behaviors we should deplore and reject."
|Late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.|
"Ojukwu wanted to separate Nigeria, Gowon said Nigeria must be one. We are now fighting for the Nation, so dear Nigeria must be one."
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I recently had the privilege of meeting my anatomy instructor Dr Joseph Nnodim. If you were taught by him , you would agree he is a genius! He just published a book titled : "Toward Understanding The Nigeria-Biafra War and Lingering Questions"
According to the author, the Igbos had been in the vanguard of the struggle for Nigeria's independence and unity. Still, they paradoxically became the whipping boy in the postcolonial era when the country "lost" its collective mind. The Igbos were subjected to untold savagery before and during the civil war, whose repercussions they continue to suffer to the present day.
Bella Naija blog posted this: The simple gesture of getting your PVC, and having your thumb on the ballot paper goes a long way in moving the country forward. Read more
While prayer may provide inspiration and guidance for individuals and communities as they decide who to vote for, ultimately, the actions and decisions of the candidates and the electorate's preferences determine an election's outcome.
Do you think religious leaders and institutions should be seen actively campaigning or endorsing a candidate in an election?
In the words of Veno Marioghae, Nigeria Go Survive.
If them thief our oil ooo
Even if them burn the oil ooo
(Nigeria Go Survive)
I say if them drink the oil ooo
No matter how them try ooo
(Nigeria Go Survive)
Our roots them strong for ground ooo
To Nigeria, we declare, " Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.”
|Stephanie Kadiri - Convener UR3|
Medical Missionary @ www.hhands.org
Author of Emptied Cup. The book is a collection of inspiring stories of God’s faithfulness in the mission field.
Uvoh is a member of Christian Union Uniben alumni in the United States. He serves as Director of Healing Hands Health Society a faith-based organization with the commission of spreading Christ’s love through medical care to all people worldwide.
He has worked as a General Dentist/ Missionary for over twenty years, offering dental services across various communities around the African continent and other parts of the globe. He has had the opportunity to train in various tertiary organizations in the United States.
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