For saying the Nigerian Army didn’t fight Biafrans as enemies during the Civil War, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, describing his claim as a “lie from the pit of hell”.
THE WHISTLER recalls that President Buhari, during his installation as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) at the State House on Monday, claimed that the Army treated Biafrans as brothers while fighting them at the war front.
“I remember with nostalgia the performance of the Commander-in-Chief, General 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 president told members of the Red Cross who were led to the Presidential Villa by the General Yakubu Gowon (rtrd).
But reacting, Fani-Kayode described Buhari’s account of the Civil War experience as “one of the most wicked and despicable lies” that the president has ever told.
The former minister and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party said: “One of the most wicked and despicable lies that President Muhammadu Buhari has ever told is that the Nigerian Army was restrained when fighting the Biafrans during the civil war.
“This is a lie from the pit of hell and it is insulting and deeply offensive. We must learn from our history and never repeat its mistakes.
“Was the Asaba massacre in which thousands of innocent and defenceless young boys and old men were slaughtered an act of restraint?
“Or was the killing of 2 million innocent and defenceless Biafran civilians and the premeditated and contrived starving to death of 1 million innocent Biafran children an act of restraint?
“For God sake where is our humanity? Must we lie even about our history and must we always deny the truth and attempt to revise it? No wonder they banned the teaching of history in our schools. Too much to hide!
“The truth is that if not for the fact that the same group of people have been calling the shots in our country since 1966 every single commander of the Nigerian Army during the civil war, including Muhammadu Buhari, would have been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Court of Justice at the Hague by now for the atrocities they committed against the Igbo race and the Biafran people during the civil war.
“I don’t need to be an Igbo to say or admit that. I just need to be an honest and objective historian and a God-fearing citizen of the world.
“We must ask God to forgive us for what we did to the civilian population in Biafra and we must NEVER allow such a thing to happen again. Until that is done Nigeria will neither know peace or meaningful progress.
“War is one thing but the targetting of innocent and defenceless civilians, including women and children, for ethnic cleansing, genocide and mass murder is quite another!,” said Fani-Kayode via his official Facebook page.