The tragedy of Nigeria’s civil war shall neither be forgotten nor repeated.
These are the words of the Presidency on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the civil war cessation.
In the statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency called on leaders and parties to be moderate in their language.
It regretted that there were some who failed to learn from what happened in the past and instead repeat its mistakes, preaching inflammatory rhetoric meant only to divide.
The statement reads in full:
STATEMENT ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL WAR’S CESSATION
As the nation commentates 50 years of the end of the nation’s tragic civil war today, we remember the victims of the conflict and honour those on both sides that lost their lives. Their tragedy shall be neither forgotten nor repeated.
The war serves as a potent warning on the dangers of aggressive regionalism, ethnic baiting and political corruption. In it, we must forge common memory that can serve as a bridge to a future free from the ravages of sectarianism.
We remember the past to draw its lessons; on how we move forward together and live in peace. Unfortunately, there are some who fail to recognise them and instead repeat its mistakes, preaching inflammatory rhetoric meant only to divide. We call on all leaders and parties to moderate their language.
There were no victors in this war. Yet in rejecting division and embracing unity, we ensure those lives lost were not in vain.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.