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1967-1970 Nigerian civil war inspired by self-centredness – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the civil war that played out between 1967 to 1970 as an act of self-centredness, saying he wouldn’t want such an incident to be repeated again.

He urged political leaders to stay focused and uphold the ultimate objective of promoting the interest of the country, saying, “We are Nigerians, God willing we remain Nigerians, and Nigeria shall remain one.’’

“The self-centeredness that led to the loss of about a million lives between 1967-1970 must not be allowed to repeat itself, noting that the CPC was founded on the bedrock of patriotism and loyalty to the unity of Nigeria,” Buhari stated while playing host to former State Chairmen of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) at the State House, Abuja.

He noted that the passion and zeal for improving the livelihood of Nigerians, which culminated in the creation of the political party had not dwindled, calling for more steadfastness as Nigerians.

He spoke through his media aide Femi Adesina, saying, “Our main objective is the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are human beings. We have our weaknesses, but I can assure you that the patriotism in us is hard-earned. We have gone through all the troubles from the 15th of January 1966 to date. You know what I mean by this, we have killed a million of ourselves in order to keep this country together.

“I don’t think there can be any practical experience more than that. We are Nigerians, God willing we remain Nigerians and…

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