President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Nigerians must “be tolerant of one another” to avoid another civil war.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Buhari said this in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is attending the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
He had visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial where an estimated 491,000–800,000 died in 1994.
On the other hand, the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War, July 6, 1967 – January 13, 1970, was a political conflict caused by the attempted secession of the southeastern provinces of Nigeria as the self-proclaimed Republic of Biafra.
During the two and half years of the war, there were about 100,000 overall military casualties, while between 500,000 and 2 million ‘Biafran’ civilians died of starvation.
“I visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial this afternoon. I took two lessons from this sobering tour: One, Nigerians must continue to be tolerant of one another, and two, we have a responsibility to preserve our own history from the Nigeria Civil War.
“As I wrote in the Visitors Book, “we pray that humanity will never experience this kind of hatred, wickedness and violence toward others because of their ethnic background, religion, and beliefs.”
““Nigeria is strongly committed to the prevention of mass atrocity anywhere in the world and believes that perpetrators of such crimes; and their enablers, anywhere in the world must be held accountable.”” Buhari wrote on his verified Facebook page.
Adeola should at least write tolerable things when writing on pains of easterners suffered during the Biafra genocide in the hands of Nigerian govt. As I write, we in Asaba are still bleeding profusely as the result of over 700 of us male civilians lined up and shut in cold blood by nigerian Brigadier Murtala Mohammed during the war genocide style, for an example, so it is not true that civilians died of starvation only during that war; several many of masaccres of civilians by Nigerian govt abound during that war, including the famous Iteme, Bende, etc, masaccres by Brig Babangida during that war. It is intolerance such as this that abound in the press media that actually was the bane that breathed the highest ambers of extra-judicial killings in Nigeria, and must be accordingly tamed. Buhari should further tame his own morbid attitude of encouraging his fulani terrorists kinsmen from killing nigerians by not holding them responsible for killing nigerians extra-judicially throughput nigeria under Buhari govt.