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Nigeria:1967 Civil war Preserved Nigeria – Gowon

Former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, yesterday stated that Nigeria would have broken up in to pieces and divisions if the civil war of 1967, was not taken as the last option to preserve the indivisibility of the country, adding that the civil war was not deliberate or intended to annihilate the Igbos, but for the unity and oneness of the country: “It was not our wish to go into the civil war, it was not a hatred move.

It was a compulsory one to ensure that Nigeria remained one, and maybe there would have been no Nigeria today. It was not a war to denigrate Igbos, but for us to stay together.”