How Igbo Man Who Saved Me During Civil War Was Brutally Killed — Governor Lalong

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong  has recalled how he narrowly escaped death when an Igbo man sacrificed his life for him during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970) when the Biafran forces opted for secession,Punch reports.

Lalong said the Igbo man, who was his guardian, was brutally killed after saving his life during the crisis when he was three years old.
Lalong told the story on Sunday during the 57th Independence anniversary church service held at the national headquarters of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Jos, Plateau State.

He said the gory images and experience of the civil war still remained in his mind.

“The memory of what happened to me when I was three years old is still fresh in my mind; an Igbo man who was my guardian that married my aunty was killed; but before he was killed, he took me and locked me inside a room.

“That memory is still fresh in my mind and anybody who is beating the drums of war has not seen it.”

Lalong urged Nigerians to stop carrying arms against one another and expressed dismay that some people were beating drums of disintegration of the country.

According to him, only genuine dialogue will address the cries of marginalisation and injustice among ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

He advised the government to listen to the calls for federalism, saying,

“If true federalism will address the injustice and cry of marginalisation in the country, government should be ready to address it. We should all agree to live together; nobody should give any excuse on why the country should separate.”

While expressing optimism that Nigeria would not break up after surviving many upheavals, he urged various regions to pursue genuine reconciliation to strengthen the bond of peace and unity in diversity.

“In the midst of the clamour for agitation and restructuring, Nigeria still stands strong in unity. I am sure that if a referendum is conducted on whether Nigeria should break up or remain united, those who want the country to break up will not be up to 10 per cent.”

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  • Olovo Obinna

    Nobody wants war because the end results always devastating… But the current government don’t seems to buy the dialogue ideology… So am confused,,, which way forward

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      Why say the current administration do not want to conform to dialogue ?

      • Olovo Obinna

        From their obvious decisions and actions so far

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    That’s for those who experienced such war then, certainly they won’t want such to happen again…..
    Nice one

  • emekachilaka

    And who is beating the drum of war abeg next page