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No, he was not humane, Twitter slams Moghalu over Gowon’s 85th birthday congratulatory message

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No, he was not humane, Twitter slams Moghalu over Gowon’s 85th birthday congratulatory message

Critics have stormed social media to lambaste former presidential candidate of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, for describing General Yakubu Gowon [retired] as humane.

WuzupNigeria recalls that Gowon, who just turned 85 years old, was Nigeria’s president during the civil war. The war was fought by the Nigerian Army and the secessionist Biafran Armed Forces from 6 Jul 1967 to 15 Jan 1970. About 500,000 and two million Biafran civilians died of starvation in the conflict.

Many Nigerians, especially Igbo, blame the Federal Government for the deaths, which has been described in some quarters as a genocide. So, when Moghalu, in his congratulatory message to Gowon on his 85th birthday, described the ex-president as “our humane former Head of State”. He touched many sour nerves.

Moghalu had written on Twitter yesterday,

Happy 85th birthday H.E. Gen. Dr. Yakubu Gowon, GCFR! Our humane former Head of State, you have been a friend of many years. I recall your visit to us in my hometown Nnewi in December 2005 as Chairman of the inauguration of the Isaac Moghalu Foundation in memory of my father.

Your unique role in our national life is a unifying one, and I know your heart from our many conversations. May God give you many more years, and may He give you the grace and strength to continue to labour in His Vineyard and play an important role in healing our country, 

bringing to a close the bitter divides of our historical past and charting a new future as a nation based on equity and justice, a future in which all Nigerians are equal and there is no victor and no vanquished. You are uniquely placed to play this role. God bless you, Sir.

 

Angry reactions trailed Moghalu’s tweet, with many calling him a sell-out.

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One Dr. Mbamalu, who described himself as a medical officer and nationalist, noted that history will never forget Gowon’s exploit during the civil war.

 

He wrote,

This is for Moghalu’s Gowon.

No tribute so beautifully written can erase the chronicles of Gowon.

He who hath watched on with keen disinterest while Igbo officers were butchered in the army coupled with the 30,000 Igbo pogrom in the Northern cities of Kano and Kaduna…

Failed to intervene in the incessant killings for months but suddenly realised that there’s a concept called National Unity when the nearly extinct region decided to secede.

No, no article or epistle can erase that.

The evil that men do will continue to live after them

He who also watched with keen disinterest while innocent women and children were being butchered by his men during the unnecessary Biafran War of Civil Defence.

No, history will never forget that.

He who preferred war heroism to proffering simple solutions to the discord.

Someone said we should be fair in our judgements. That he was fair during the post war era.

He was fair.

Fair with policies he couldn’t see through.

Fair. A man trying to erase his guilt.

Fair. In all fairness, he should have been prosecuted for war crimes

This is for Moghalu’s Gowon.

The only thing politics permits is a “Happy Birthday to the former military head of state”.

And end it there.

There’s nothing humane about his tenure and reign.

 

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