CIVIL WAR COMMEMORATION AND THE ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY

If democracy day can be changed from may 29th to June 12 to aid reconciliation on perceived injustice of June 12 1993 elections of chief Mko Abiola which was annulled. With this in mind, I see no reason why The Armed Forces Remembrance day and the commemoration of the Civil war Remembrance day should not be incorporated as a single event .
The January 15th date was chosen as a reminder to the First bloody Military coup in 1966 led by Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu which led to the killings of the first and only Nigerian Prime minister sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, top military/civilian members of Government and Sardauna of sokoto and premier Norther Nigeria. This is indeed a sad point in our history which eventually led to a counter coup and the civil war where an estimated 3 million people were killed on both sides (federal Government and Biafran forces including civilians mostly on the Biafran side).

Some of the sentiments presently breeding resentment in the south East is that despite the No victor No vanquish policy adopted after the civil war, a day has not been set aside to commemorate the loses of Biafra. Even on the Nigerian side there’s no memorial cenotaph for those who died fighting in the civil war. It’s like it Never happened.
This continuous denial has wedged a gap in any serious reconciliation and something should be done to either integrate the civil war commemoration into the Armed Forces Remembrance day or a day should be set aside to Honor those who lost their lives during the three year civil war

Abdul Kezo IkonAllah

ikonallah007@gmail.com

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