Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has cautioned Nigerian youths from facilitating another Civil War for Nigeria, saying it is capable of spelling a lasting doom.
He confessed that the war is capable of taking us backwards, with its harrowing and unimaginable spoils.
Gowon gave this warning in Abuja on Thursday at a public lecture tagged “Rejigging the Security Architecture of Nigeria.”
The Ex Head of State represented by a former Governor of Bauchi State, Major General Chris Abutu Garuba, reiterated war as an unpleasant, terrible experience. Those who witnessed and were victims of the Civil War of 1967/1970 will according to him not demand for another one.
Gowon who expressed his fear in respect to the growing tension amidst the youths, implored the federal government to take up the challenge.
Speaking too at the event was a University don of African History, Peace and Conflict Studies, Professor Isaac Albert. He said exploring war will only complicate situation for Nigeria.
“If you see war, you will run. It is only those who have never seen war that can call for it. It does not pay anyone.
He further cautioned those beating the drums of war, as the country will not be benefiting from it.
A former governor of Benue State, George Akume lent his voice to the discussion. He said politicians should desist from uttering statements that can incite war and breakup of the nation.
The Ex governor who is now a Minister of the federal government said family members don’t know themselves in the terrible time of war.
“for this reason, let us do those things that will unite us to fight insecurity jointly”.
National Commandant of the Peace Corps, Ambassador Dickson Akoh said the current high level of unemployment of youth is a time bomb. He appealed to the federal government to quickly take up the challenge.