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Don Warns Nigerians To Avoid Repeat Of Biafra

A university lecturer, Prof. Hope Eghagha, warned on Wednesday in Lagos that Nigeria should avoid tendencies that would escalate to another war after the bitter experience of the Biafra civil war. Eghagha made the plea while reviewing a book, “The Nigerian Civil War, 50 Years After… Reflections of A Younger Generation’’ during the launch of the book.

He told Nigerians to shun propaganda and hate speeches, to prevent a re-occurrence of the events that led to the war in 1967.

Analysts have often described the Biafra civil war as the deadliest of its type in Africa, having taken the lives of more than two million people.

Citing the Rwandan genocide, Eghagha, a lecturer at the University of Lagos, said: “Propaganda breeds hate, the civil war was not a pleasant experience as codes of interpersonal behaviour were suspended.

“Anyone who has gone through a war cannot hope for another, a child that goes through a war loses his childhood.

“We should not promote the ideology of war by narrative or default. “From the refugee crisis being experienced internationally, the world cannot afford a war in Nigeria,” he said.

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