Nigerian army were soft on the people of biafra during the civil war – Buhari

Speaking at his investiture as Grand Patron of the Nigerian Red
Cross Society (NRCS) at the presidential villa in Abuja, President
Buhari insinuated that the Nigerian army showed lots of restraints
on Biafrans during the civil war.
According to President Buhari, Yakubu Gowon, who was the then
head of state issued strict instructions to the army that Biafrans
were not enemies, but “brothers and sisters of the rest of
“Earlier in my profession, during the civil war, I know how much
sacrifice members of the Nigerian Red Cross and their international
counterparts did both in the real front of operations and at the rear,
on both sides. I think it is a lot of sacrifices because anything can
happen to you in the operational areas.
“The risks they faced were real and I admire their courage and
commitment to helping people who were in distress and were
virtually in millions. Those photographs of people from the Biafra
enclave spoke a lot.
“I remember with nostalgia the performance of the commander-in-
chief, General Yakubu Gowon. Every commander was given a copy
of the commander-in-chief’s instructions that we were not fighting
enemies but that we were fighting our brothers. And thus, people
were constrained to show a lot of restraint.
“The international observer teams were allowed to go as far as
possible within and outside the front and I think this was generous
and very considerate of General Gowon. He is a highly committed
Nigerian” he said.
The civil war broke out in 1967 — after eastern Nigeria declared
“Republic of Biafra” — and ended in 1970 with claims that millions
were killed, mostly from starvation as a result of a blockade by the
Nigerian government.


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