Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Wednesday reacted to claim by ex-Military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, that late warlord, Odumegu Ojukwu caused the Biafra civil war.
Fani-Kayode maintained that Ojukwu agreed to the terms reached at Aburi.
Describing Gowon’s remark as false, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain stressed that the former Head of State reneged on the agreement upon his returned to Nigeria from Ghana.
In a tweet on his Twitter handle, Fani-Kayode wrote: “Gen. Yakubu Gowon, an elder statesman who I revere, said Ojukwu caused the civil war by lying about what transpired in Aburi.
“This is false. Ojukwu told no lie. Gowon agreed to all the terms in Aburi but when he got home he reneged on the agreement. This is what led to the civil war.”
Gowon had alleged that lies by the late warlord after the Aburi Accord led to Biafra civil warbetween 1967 and 1970.
Gowon made the claim while giving insight into what happened at the Aburi Conference, in Ghana, convened to resolve Nigeria’s civil war.
He said the Federal Government went to Aburi unprepared, following a disagreement which broke out between the Supreme Military Council (SMC) and the Eastern region, led by Ojukwu.
Speaking on AIT’s programme ‘People, Politics and Power’, on Tuesday, Gowon said the decision to go to Aburi was borne out of the desire to win back the trust and confidence of Nigerians.
He maintained that secession was never part of the resolutions they agreed on.