The Oluwo of Iwoland in Osun, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has called on the President Muhammed Buhari administration to make sure they put in measures to reconciliate with the people of the Southeast over the 1967 civil war.
Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi opined that Buhari needs to organize a unification conference to assess the extent of damage that happened during the civil way and take positive steps to heal the wounds of the families that suffered from the atrocities.
The Oluwo praised Igbos for being part of the main builders of Nigeria in terms of technological advancement, innovation and invention.
Press secretary of the Oluwo, Alli Ibraheem in a statement issued made the disclosure.
the statement reads: “The damages incurred by the Nigerian Civil War of July, 1967 to 15th January, 1970 were monumental. The Igbos counted highest loss of human lives and properties. They are out brothers. The injury inflicted by the war is inimical to the unity of Nigeria. The feeling is still fresh in the brain of many victims and their children”
“The federal government of Nigeria led by President Muhammed Buhari should consider a national conference to assess and discuss palliatives capable of erasing the feeling and memory of the damages
“I commend the magnanimity and resiliency of the Igbo. Despite the huge loss, they have moved on. Today, they are the leading industrialists in promotion of Nigeria’s technological advancement
“Calling a national dialogue will foster unity and heal the wound inflicted by the harm. We should learn from the past, forgives ourselves and forget. But for dreamed unity to achieved, the constituted authority of the federal government led by President Muhammed Buhari must lead the conference and render succour to the lead victims
“As a father to the nation, I patronize everyone. I’m the first traditional ruler in Nigeria to buy made in Nigeria Innoson vehicle. I’ve planned a tour to some Eze Ndigbo, Igwe and stakeholders to strengthen the unity of Nigeria. I am the Oluwo of Iwoland but I am also an Igwe,Obi, Eze in Yorubaland to all Igbos. Igbos are our brothers and sisters.”