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Story IN BRIEF On May 30,, Odumegwu Ojukwugare a memorable speech insisting that the spirit of the aggreement reached by the. (i) A military committee comprising representatives of the regions should meet to take statistics of arms and ammunition in the country. That takes one back to the Aburi Accord in which Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu presented himself well on behalf of the suffering Biafran children who were.

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The Military Government of Eastern Nigeria thought that Gowon events were taking a dangerous turn and that it was essential for the Supreme Military Council, which had not been convoked since 29 July. Even though the accords were simple abuir with no legal founding that were never implemented, that meeting in a small Ghanaian town changed Nigeria forever.

Now, three decades later, Nwankwo has written another book.

How a meeting in Ghana changed Nigeria forever

The disappearance of the Supreme Commander on 29 July,demanded that the next senior Military Officer should temporarily assume command of the Army and the headship of the Federal Military Government until the Supreme Military Council should determine the leadership of the Army and the country. In a show of amenability, Gowon called the governors in secret, to tell them what they already knew, that Aguiyi-Ironsi was dead.

Gowon as Supreme Commander, pointed out that the fate of Major-General Aguiyi-Ironsi, the legitimate Supreme Commander, was yet unknown and so no one could succeed him; that in the absence of Major-General Aguiyi-Ironsi whoever was the next senior officer in rank should manage the affairs of the country; and that the East was never party to any decision to appoint Lt. And, had the decisions at the meeting been respected, the war would not have been necessary and no further blood would have been shed.

Aburi Accord How a meeting in Ghana changed Nigeria forever – Pulse Nigeria

Today, one can look back and question the motives of both parties, Gowon and Ojukwu. The bigotry and hatred xccord apace. I only hope it will be sooner than later, before Nigeria goes to grief.

For long, however, his suggestions were treated with levity by Lt. His body was still warm but the boy was certainly dead. Gowon auri his non-implementation aburri a number of these agreements which concerned him, particularly the one stipulating that soldiers should be repatriated to their Regions of origin and confined to barracks. Among these, all parties agreed that all army personnel of Northern origin should return to the North to douse tensions.


Yes, bury him like a true hero. Where a meeting is not possible such a matter must be referred to Military Governors for comment and concurrence.

Unfortunately, no conference will achieve any results if the participants are the same unrepentant instigators of genocide who destroyed the Aburi Accord. An accord like the one at Aburi, which is now an oft-told tale of a superb document had never been put together before. In Umuahia, we see the Biafra of Ojukwu and of Nnamdi Kanu As far as records show, the meeting ended amicably, with a set of decisions that were referred to as the Aburi Accords.

There were no flowery emotions at the meeting. Furthermore, most of the major decisions at Aburi were taken on the second day of the meeting after members had spent the night at their respective stations, consulting with their advisers. Since some other delegations had not been fully briefed it became necessary to refer a number of issues back to the Supreme Military Council. Now he wants to heap lies on Ojukwu, because Ojukwu is no more.

He did not fail. Area Commands under Area Commanders and corresponding to existing Regions should be created.

A Ankrah presided over the gathering. I am pained by all the tragedies and atrocities incited on the country throughout the military regimes and civilian uprisings. It is, however, well known today that the much-touted meeting did not achieve its results. According to official records of the minutes of the meeting kept by all sides, many issues formed the agenda, but only three of these would have ramifications on the future of Nigeria, and by necessity, the civil war.

Often without scripts under our arms, we have had to dive for cover from raids from the Anglo-Soviet supported Nigerian Air Force.

It was this resolution which was embodied in a communique issued by the Council at the end of the first day of the meeting see Appendix I Annexure B. The Military Government of Eastern Nigeria found it impossible to recognize this seizure of power; nevertheless it was prepared to co-operate with Lt.

By the time the Supreme Military Councilmade up of the Northern-run Federal government and the regional governors, met in AburiGhana, to discuss a way forward, both sides were trying to avoid the only outcome that seemed to be on the table: As the assault continued apace, the vandals gained their way, declaring the Aburi Accord null and void, justifying the pogrom and starting anew Igbo killings wherever they could lay their hands on an Igbo man, woman, or child.

Later, Ojukwu alleged that a revenue sharing formula was discussed to allow the regions a certain degree of autonomy. The Political Violence in Ondo. That the book is out of print so soon is a sad commentary on our current literary and historical situation.


But while the Conference was still in session, Northern soldiers with the aid of civilians massacred thousands of Eastern Nigerians in the North and some even in Lagos, the venue of the Conference. Ojukwu believed a re-organisation of the armed forces was necessary. Put it simply, a conference of ethnic nationalities without reflections on the pogrom and Aburi Accord would be nothing but fiction.

Gowon would rather take steps to implement his pet programme than facilitate the resumption of the Ad Hoc Constitutional Conference as decided at Aburi. The following appointments must be approved by the Supreme Military Council: The Law Officers held divergent views on such questions as the machinery for the meetings of the Supreme Military Council and the manner in which the concurrence of the Military Governors, as members of the Council, should be signified in the making of Decrees.

The pogrom was soon extended to Eastern Nigerian civilians resident in Northern Nigeria, Lagos and the West; and by September,the killings and molestations carried out by the combined forces of Northern Nigerian soldiers and civilians had assumed such large proportions that Easterners everywhere outside the East sought protection within their home Region.

Notify me of new posts via email. Other terms of the agreement include that appointments to senior ranks in the police, diplomatic and consular services as well as appointment to superscale posts in the federal civil service and the equivalent posts in the statutory corporations must be approved by the SMC. Your email address will not be published. It is not our intention to play the aggressor.

The agenda of the meeting consisted of three crucial issues: Still, as the world heard, read, watched and commented on the carnage against the Igbos, the outcries were never designed to help the Igbos and Children of Biafra.

The disintegration of the Army and the mass movement of population, coupled with the necessary measures taken to prevent further friction, conflict and killing, have intensified Regional loyalties and made it impossible today for any one person to command the loyalty of all sections of the country.

The Making of a Nation. If there were any lessons to be learned from Aburi, Nigeria has ignored them. The Committee — -could not progress with its work for lack of co-operation from the representatives of Lt.