Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has once again reiterated his administration’s commitment to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.
He made this known on Thursday during a special event organized to commemorate civilian Anambra citizens who died in various conflicts around the world, including the World War II and the 1967 civil war which is commonly referred to as the Nigerian/Biafran war.
In an emotional speech delivered at the event, Governor Obiano said that his administration “is committed to lifting up the standards of our shared experience.”
“We shall continue our bold efforts to ensure that we’re not only united in times of adversity and grief but in times of victories and peace.
“And in doing this we open a new page of a brighter history for our people.”
Governor Obiano noted that “Thousands of these people died because they believed in the idea of a united and strong Nigeria” and “Today, we honour them in words and deeds.”
“We offer them a final resting place; a sanctuary where their memory will forever ruffle the leaves of time.
“Today, as we light our candles and whisper our silent prayers to ease their passage to eternity,” he said.
The theme for the event “Ozoemezina” which translates in Igbo language as“Never again” seem to be a message for many people who continue to fan the embers of war and violence in the guise of fighting for self-determination.
More than one million people were estimated to have died during the Nigerian Civil War, most of them due to starvation.
With the resurgence of the Biafran agitation by various pro-Biafra groups, including the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Governor Obiano’s “Never Again” message seem to be discouraging any idea of violence.
Recall that leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu is still in custody for charges bordering on treason.