The Presidency said Wednesday that it is unfortunate that 50 years after cessation civil war, some people still preach hatred and violence in the country.
In a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency said Nigerians must appreciate the fact that the war served as a potent warning on the dangers of aggressive regionalism, ethnic baiting and political corruption.
The statement reads: “As the nation commentates 50 years of the end of the nation’s tragic civil war today, we remember the victims of the conflict and honour those on both sides that lost their lives. Their tragedy shall be neither forgotten nor repeated.
“The war serves as a potent warning on the dangers of aggressive regionalism, ethnic baiting and political corruption. In it, we must forge common memory that can serve as a bridge to a future free from the ravages of sectarianism.
“We remember the past to draw its lessons; on how we move forward together and live in peace. Unfortunately, there are some who fail to recognise them and instead repeat its mistakes, preaching inflammatory rhetoric meant only to divide. We call on all leaders and parties to moderate their language.
“There were no victors in this war. Yet in rejecting division and embracing unity, we ensure those lives lost were not in vain.”