Gowon decries herdsmen, Boko Haram activities
Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has denounced the activities of killer herdsmen, Boko Haram, and the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB).He disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha at Government House, Owerri.
He expressed dismay over the wanton killing of innocent persons and called for a halt. He said: “After the Civil War, from this town, Owerri, I visited Nsukka, Enugu, Abakaliki, Umuahia, and Onitsha. We were impressed with the way the children turned out to welcome us. They were saying, “You are our parents, our leaders”. Please, do not allow any Nigerian child to suffer what we suffered.
“God can touch one’s heart and change the person into a vessel of peace. My prayer for every Nigerian man is to live in harmony. We wish every man and woman and religious leaders would rally round and assist in any way possible. Every one of us has a role to play, not only the leaders. That is why we seek for God’s intervention.”
Okorocha, in his response, advised Nigerians to regard the activities of the insurgents and others as national problems, which require all hands to be on deck.He said: “The acronym ‘GOWON’ means ‘Go On With One Nigeria’. If this leader (Gowon) seated with us, here, today, had not ended the war, we would not be having a nation called Nigeria. His name is synonymous with peace, a man who ended the Civil War without bad feelings.”