We all know that the Nigeria/Biafra civil war started in the year 1967 and ended in the year 1970. And during the civil war, the country is said to have lost a lot of things, and people who witnessed the civil war will pray for such not to happen again.
According to report, it is said to be that the former premier of the defunct Western region, who happens to be Chief Obafemi Awolowo was actually accused of working against the Igbos during and after the civil war. He was also known to be the brain behind the 20 pound policy and starvation as a weapon.
And when he was actually asked some questions as it regards to these accusations that were leveled against him, he made two main statements that are mentioned below.
He made it clear to everyone that the Igbos are friendly to everyone and towards him and he said ” as long as I know the Igbo masses are friends to me. In fact whenever I visit Igbo land, either Anambra or Imo, the Igbo People receive me warmly. . . . . But there are some elements in Igbo land who are lying against me, and Ojukwu is one of them. . . . ”
While making this statement, if us known that Chief Obafemi Awolowo is certainly trying to make it clear that he doesn’ t have any problem with the Igbos even after the war, making it clear also that the Igbos love him as well. Apart from few people who are actually lying against him.
Well, Secondly, it is known to be true that Chief Obafemi Awolowo had stated it clearly that he did no wrong to the Igbos. And during the war, he kept the revenue which was due to the Eastern Region and handed the money over to them after the war.
He also said: ” So I have cultivated the attitude of indifference, and I have done no evil to the Igbos. During the war I saw to it that the revenue which was due to the Eastern central States, I kept it, I savers the money for them. . . . . And I handed over the money to them. . . . People wanted their Biafra notes to be exchanged fur them. Of course I couldn’ t do that, if I did that the whole country would be bankrupt. . . . . ”
However, it is said to be that with this statement that came from Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he has actually made the Igbos to know and understand that he did not work against then during or after the war. He even had to make it clear to them that he saved their revenue and had handed the money over to them when the war had ended.
He also gave the reason why he had refused to exchange their Biafran notes fir them. So therefore, I see no reason why Igbos should always be against Obafemi Awolowo.