What Nnamdi Kanu should do – Gen. Gowon | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper f

A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), has told Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to seek dialogue with the Nigerian Government rather than calling for secession.

Gowon advised Kanu to engage the Federal Government in talks to address issues affecting the South-East, and stop seeking disintegration as it could lead to loss of lives.

The former military leader gave the advice while presenting his paper titled, “Unity in diversity: Responding to the current challenges of nation-building in Nigeria,” at the 2017 Distinguished Annual Lecture of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Jos, Plateau State.

He said, “My young friend, Nnamdi Kanu, was not born during the civil war, which was declared ‘no victor, no vanquished.’

“It is sad to recall what happened at that time; the best way to seek redress is through dialogue.

“Kanu should pursue a healthy conversation on issues he is not comfortable with as it affects his people; this is the only way we can collaborate effectively and have things resolved amicably.”

Gowon also pointed out that the activities of Fulani herdsmen had posed a threat to nation-building.

He, however, asked the Federal Government to address the issue.


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  1. But wait a minute my beloved Head of state. The best head of state Nigeria ever had till date. Must any ethic tribe be tie down to this country forever? Can't any tribe opt out of this nation peacefully? Why must people be forced to continue be Nigeria when they believe they can exist on their own as a sovereign nation? People are entitle to self determination. Why must the Igbos be killed simply because they want to go on there own? All men are born equal. Why should some people lord it over others?


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