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In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

 

On Aburi We Stand: Requiem for Aburi Accord

Nnamdi Ebo 2 241x300 ON ABURI WE STAND: Bad faith of Lt. Col. GOWONBOOKS . There was a Time | By Nnamdi Ebo. 

Photo: Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon, Nigerian Head of State (left) & Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Military Governor of Eastern Nigeria (right) | Eating & smiling during the meeting in Aburi, Ghana | 1967.

Requiem for Aburi Accord.

The Aburi Accord was reached in 1967. That meeting was billed to be the last chance of preventing an all out war. Basil left me in his room to attend to my uncle in the main house and I took the small bundle of papers and started reading. I stopped reading and went back to the main house where I saw uncle Goddy seating down and smoking his pipe in a relaxed mood.

I seized the opportunity and sat down on a sofa near him brandishing Basil’s papers and posed the same question I asked Basil “eh…uncle, why did Ojukwu go there?” he turned and looked at me releasing a thick puff of Erinmore tobacco smoke “go where?” He asked “why did he go to Aburi in Ghana…eh…why not Lagos or…?” “His safety could not be guaranteed anywhere in the west or north” “he’s afraid?” I said “eh…something like that” he replied.

The meeting of the leaders of Eastern region and Nigerian leaders was held at Peduase Lodge, Aburi, Ghana 4th and 5th January 1967. The agenda of the meeting in Aburi consisted of four major sore points:

  1. A loose confederation of the regions.
  2. The constitutional arrangement.
  3. The re-organization of the armed forces of Nigeria.
  4. The issue of displaced persons within Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Ghana National Liberation Council and the Ghanaian Head of State, Lt. General J. A. Ankrah presided as the Chairman of the Aburi peace conference. From the pictures I saw in Basil’s papers, the Ghanaian military ruler was a bow-legged man with an infectious smile with dimples. He graciously invited the feuding Nigerians and both sides agreed to meet in the small town called Aburi in his country. When the Nigerian delegation got back to Lagos and in response to the Aburi accord, the Nigerian federal government promulgated decree no. 8.

Ojukwu. Biaafra hero

Ojukwu (photo: right) came back from Aburi to the east full of hope on the tenets of the agreement. The eastern press and media went wild with how Ojukwu got a good bargain for the eastern region. As Ojukwu proclaimed ‘On Aburi We Stand’, Gowon jettisoned the Aburi Accord on British advice. On Friday, January 6, 1967, Ojukwu addressed a press conference where he alluded to the bad faith of Gowon with regards to the implementation of the tenets of the accord. The accord broke down because of differences of interpretation on both sides. The Aburi Accord was dead on arrival.

To be continued 

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There Was A Time . Book Cover 01. 202x300 ON ABURI WE STAND: Bad faith of Lt. Col. GOWONCulled from: THERE WAS A TIME | Author: Nnamdi Ebo  |  Published by africagenda Publications  
ISBN: 978-978-50804-3-8  | 1st Edition 2013
Buy the book, THERE WAS A TIME |  Click  Bookshop
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