General Gowon Urges Nigerians To Shun Tribalism & Ethnic Conflict

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Nov 10, 2013 – General Yakubu Gowon Urges Nigerians To Shun Tribalism & Ethnic Conflict

Retired General Gowon, the former Military President who ruled Nigeria from 1966 to 75 is calling for unity among all Nigerians.

In this recent interview with Punch, Gowon claims the death of Chief MKO Abiola and Sanni Abacha was God’s way of unifying Nigeria.

He therefore urged Nigerians to let go of disunity.

Interview excerpt below:

“I can assure you that we never prayed for the death of the Head of State. In fact, we prayed for God to grant him wisdom to do the right thing for the country.  What he told me was that prayer was good and that he endorsed it and gave us support for it. Then I knew that he could listen to words of advice that one could give him on any issue.  But what the good Lord did was that, at that time, one of the serious political problems we had was Abacha/Abiola, the June 12 crisis. What happened then was that the good Lord took Abacha and paved the way for a return to civil rule and that was to give opportunity for the release of  Abiola. Then Abiola, who was also at the other end of the crisis also passed on and therefore left the path free for a reasonable, genuine restoration and return to a civil rule.

That was achieved through some of the prayers that we did but we did not ask the good Lord for anyone’s demise. Ours is to pray for our leaders so that they can do the right thing for the country. Many other things that happened; the admonition and appeal to the people, were able to change the path of uncertainty to some positive end.

You can see that when you look at the various issues, this is what we have been able to achieve. Our prayer and effort are aimed at getting all Nigerians to continue to love their country, to continue to love one another, to continue to help one another irrespective of your tribe, religion, faith or belief.

The Christian community listens and tries to practise the admonition that we give them, contributing therefore to the peace and unity of the country. At the rally we had, we did fervent prayers. Do you think that with that sort of prayer and the way people believe in their country and love their country and want it to stay united and peaceful, do you think anything can happen in 2015?”

13 thoughts on “General Gowon Urges Nigerians To Shun Tribalism & Ethnic Conflict

  1. This is what i hope and pray for.Sir Gowon,thanks for putting this out to all Nigerias both home and overseas.we have to start with naijagist visitors before stepping out,if everybody can go with the rule of do unto others the way you wish to be done unto you,the world not only Nigeria will be a better place to be live in.I can’t wait to see them fight over your words and twist it to suit their personal thinking.God bless you sir.

  2. I WOULD BE HAPPY ,IF GOWON CAN COME BACK TO POWER AGAIN , HE IS A VERY GOOD PERSON , AND NIGERIA IS VERY PEACEFUL DURING HIS TIME. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE SOCIAL FUND , I HOPE YOU CAN KEEP TO YOUR PROMISE , PLEASE DO SOMETHING , ADVICE THOSE WHO ARE THERE NOW AND HELP RESTORE BACK OUR COUNTRY. MY BEST REGARD TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  3. Thank u sir for d advice, Sir say dat to d muslims to leave christian president alone (jonathan) Jesus christ rule period.

  4. Chidinma i no that u are not a true IGBO woman because if u are then u should remember that ,THIS SAME GENERAL GOWON KILLED 3MILLION BIAFRAN.

  5. That’s ‘Medicament after death struck coming from Malam Gowon.’ Gowon who was paying the salaries of public servants in other countries while our fathers waited under the blazing sun in vain for their paltry pension? This man who engaged in 77′ Festac jamboree using our petro-dollar when our hospitals could not afford nivaquine? This man who gave more gold gifts to foreign dignitaries and neglected Eastern Nigeria at the mercy of the likes of Asika? This man under whose watch the borne-to-rule north gave Asians far more opportunities than they did to people from East Naija. This man who sold out his Lantang people because of power. Gowon, go to hell with your stupid doctrine. You’re a problem not a solution. Go and preach that inside Jos stadium at full capacity and see what will happen to you.

    • Bros i dey hail 4get doze pple wey dey cal an God sent no b God send am na him send en self al of una wey dey say tank u sir tank u sir go n read abt nigerian civil war or ask ur mama n papa dem wetin hapen den if dis man give u water 4 cup u no go colect.

  6. the irony is DAT people tend to forget what brought d civil war. the children of boko haram leaders and followers will one day accuse d present day government of atrocities towards their parents etc going by d response of some d naijagists readers. history is meant to look back and chart d way forward.

  7. Maybe he is a changed person now….maybe God want to use him now…anytime my groundpa told us story of biafra war..i felt like getting hold of gowon and skin him alive….but itz all past now…greater nigeria…greater tomorow….God bless nigeria

  8. Mr Gowon, i wonder when you become a preacher, Mr Gowon or Jack as you are foundly called by your Britsh imperialist, do you know many innocent souls, children, pregant women and civilians blood that are still asking you what do they do before you massacared THEM?They are crying before God and asking for Vengance, I think you suposed to be crying for forgiveness and come down to Eastern Nigeria and pleaded with tears to remining ones before God can answer your prayer.

    You suposed to ask your self why is there no peace in your own state of origin, cant that give you a sleepless night?HAD IT BEEN THAT it is possible for me to see you, i will give you a certain picture which will make you shed tears if you have consceince.remember that there will be no peace in your state origin until the souls of the innocents whom you mudered are appase.

  9. OGA gowon thanks for advice it’s late OGA thanks we don’t want ur one NIGERIA how many ibo ppl did u waste their lives pls stfu

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