We must revisit the issues — Gowon
Gowon, though absent at the event, spoke via a recorded video.
“In conclusion, I sincerely, believe that this speech at the end of the civil war is still relevant today and on this occasion.
In his speech, Professor Soyinka said: “We have been made to understand that no nation has ever survived any two Civil Wars.”
He said: “Let me remind you that Tanzania was one of the nations that recognized the breakaway republic of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War.
He said: “My extract from the Civil War remains what it always was and that is a simple, self interrogatory:
Professor Anya, who was chairman of the occasion, noted that violence cannot provide the solution to the problems facing the nation.
Anya said: “Nigeria’s situation is not unique.
While highlighting the collapse of culture as one of the major problems of the country, Professor Utomi called for urgent attention and a joint effort to fix the problem.
He said: “War is a horrible experience. I have read about it, I have experienced it and I have watched it in the movies.
He said: “Why does it matter to reflect on that experience and 50 years since?
Also speaking, eminent historian, Professor Banji Akintoye said there is a need for Nigerians to find a rational solution to problems affecting the country.