Gen. Etukudoh warns against inciting utterances

By Isaiah Eka

#TrackNigeria: Brig.-Gen. Anthony Etukudoh (rtd) has warned Nigerians, especially political stakeholders, against inciting utterances that could generate conflicts in the country, particularly as the general elections approach.

He gave the warning in Uyo on Wednesday as the Chairman of public presentation/launching of a Book,  titled “Biafra War Revisited: Civil War May Not Be A Bad Thing.”

Etukudoh, who was a former Director- General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), also urged Nigerians not to raise issues that could plunge the country into another conflict.

He reminded Nigerians of how lives and property were lost during the civil war in the country, stressing that Nigeria should not do anything to warrant another civil war.

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Etukudo called on politicians to focus more on promoting peace and unity instead of conflict and threat of war, adding that a peaceful nation could never be divided.

“Many books have been written about the war and all of them are very interesting to read.War comes with a lot of action from the living and a lot of bloodshed from the victims.

“I want to use this opportunity to warn Nigerians that, we do not need another civil war. No country has survived two civil wars and remains as one country.

“I pray that Nigeria never goes for another civil war, because we may never remain as one country.

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“This launching is apt as the election is by the corner. We pray that we will not experience war in this country.

“This book would help those that think we should not have a free, fair and credible election to think twice before making decisions that could distort the peace of this country,” Etukudoh said.

In an interview with newsmen, the author of the book, Maj.-Gen. Okon Okon (rtd), disclosed that the book was aimed at exposing the truth of what really happened during the civil war.

Okon, a former GOC 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Ibadan said that the truth would help Nigerians to shape the future of the country.

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“The title of the book is to capture the attention of the readers. War has been used in resolving dispute.

“I am not aggravating for war, with a better understanding of war, we can attain peace.

“With writing like this, we would be able to get a better understanding of what really happened during the war and the factors that caused the war.

“I used facts to build up the story of what really happened in the past in an attempt to shape the future,’’ he said. (NAN)

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