President Buhari Praises Gowon For The Way He Fought Against Biafrans During Civil War. Read Here

President Buhari explains why the Army was soft on Biafrans during the civil war

On 4th of June 2018,Nigerian president Mohammadu Buhari was speaking at his investiture as the grand Patron of the Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS) at the presidential villa Abuja.

Speaking at the gathering,Mohammadu Buhari highlighted the efforts of Nigerian Red Cross Society in saving millions of people in places where their lives were in dangers.

Mohammadu Buhari said the people of Biafrans would have all been killed by Nigerian soldiers if General Yakubu Gowon had not intervened and given stricked warnings to soldiers that Biafrans were not their enemies but their brothers and sisters.

Below was president Buhari's speech:

“Earlier in my profession, during the civil war, I know how much sacrifice members of the Nigerian Red Cross and their international counterparts did both in the real front of operations and at the rear, on both sides. I think it is a lot of sacrifices because anything can happen to you in the operational areas. The risks they faced were real and I admire their courage and commitment to helping people who were in distress and were virtually in millions. Those photographs of people from the Biafra enclave spoke a lot. I remember with nostalgia the performance of the commander-in-chief, General Yakubu Gowon. Every commander was given a copy of the commander-in-chief’s instructions that we were not fighting enemies but that we were fighting our brothers. And thus, people were constrained to show a lot of restraint. The international observer teams were allowed to go as far as possible within and outside the front and I think this was generous and very considerate of General Gowon. He is a highly committed Nigerian.''

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