Civil war was a defining national tragedy –Osinbajo

The Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, says the Nigerian civil war was a defining national tragedy that should not be allowed to repeat itself.

Speaking in Umuahia during a special town hall meeting to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigeria civil war, organised by Ken Nnamani Center for Leadership and Development in collaboration with the National War Museum, Osinbajp noted that the cost of the war included “loss of opportunities for national advancement.”

He said, “The way to celebrate national fallen heroes that paid the supreme sacrifice for the union called Nigeria is to ensure that the circumstances that led to the conflict never occur again.

“Unlike many African countries with protracted multi -generational conflicts, our strife lasted only three years, and we have suffered not to relent in ending the issues after 50 years.

“We have invested in national integration, peace building and reconciliation.”

The vice president noted that in the cause of ending the issues the country faced, there were many challenges along the way, adding “but those challenges should not induce hopelessness or desperation,”

Osinbajo commended the social media for bringing Nigeria’s “young ones” together in terms of marriage, migration and otherwise in their course of earning livelihood.

Earlier, the convener of the meeting and Chairman,  Ken Nnamani Center for Leadership and Development, Senator Ken Nnamani, said the 50th  anniversary of the end of the civil war was in every respect, a highly significant milestone in the life of Nigeria as a nation.
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