A Civil War Veteran Journalist has revealed the inhuman treatment accorded to them during Nigeria-Biafra 1967 – 1970 war.
The Veteran, Journalist and professor of Journalism, Idowu Sobowale said this while addressing war mongers in Nigeria to approach a rethink, saying that War is not to joke with.
In his words: “If you hear people singing war songs, they are most probably people who have never experienced war. Even if you escape, seeing the sufferings of others can be terrifying”.
“There was a day when we got to the third marine command and the commander, Benjamin Adekunle, asked if we (journalists) liked Suya, he said we should get into the vehicle and he took us to where Biafra armoured cars had been disabled, with soldiers killed inside them. The place was terribly stinking.
“He said that was the Suya, we should eat. There was also a day we were taken to a small stream that separated the federal troops from the Biafra troops and those people had sharpshooters. The war was so fierce that when we were about to leave, out of the battalion that went, fewer than 20 people came back alive.
“Many had died, many had been so terribly wounded and they were just packed in lorries that brought them to Calabar for treatment. On many occasions, we would be eating and we would just hear a gunshot and the soldier or someone else besides you would have been killed.
“That happened several times when we were eating. I had several instances of a close shave with death. Let me not say more than that.
One crazy soldier was just coming from behind and he just took a cutlass and split the person ’s head into two just like that”.
“It was not a pleasant thing to watch or wish for anybody . Look at Awka, the capital of Anambra State, it was leveled to the ground. Not a single house was standing; not one.
Recall that so many groups in Nigeria have approached the federal government to either Break up, devolve power or practice through federalism. In contrary, no group has openly announced for war.
The most ‘threatening’ group presently in Nigeria is the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, with their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, requesting the government allow a date for a peaceful referendum to determine their fate live as Biafrans from Nigeria.
Thou, the federal government has engaged the peaceful group with rigid approach, despite calling for dialogue with Boko Haram, an internationally recognised terrorist set.