-The Governor of Plateau State recalled how an Igbo man saved his life during the Nigerian Civil War when he was three years old.
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has recounted how an Igbo man saved his life during the Civil War which happened in Nigeria between 1967-1970, recalling how an Igbo man sacrificed his life for him.
The governor who recalled the incident on the occasion of Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary during a church service held at the national headquarters of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Jos, Plateau State, urged Nigerians to abstain from conflict and crisis which might denegerate into war.
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Recounting his experience, the governor recalled that the Igbo man, who was his guardian, was killed after saving his life during the crisis when he was three years old.
He said, “The memory of what happened to me when I was three years old is still fresh in my mind; an Igbo man who was my guardian that married my aunty was killed; but before he was killed, he took me and locked me inside a room.
“That memory is still fresh in my mind and anybody who is beating the drums of war has not seen it.
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“If true federalism will address the injustice and cry of marginalisation in the country, government should be ready to address it.
“We should all agree to live together ; nobody should give any excuse on why the country should separate.
“In the midst of the clamour for agitation and restructuring, Nigeria still stands strong in unity.
“I am sure that if a referendum is conducted on whether Nigeria should break up or remain united, those who want the country to break up will not be up to 10 per cent.”