International Research Conference on Fifty Years Post Nigeria Civil War, ogarnised by Centre for Health and Allied Legal and Demographical Development Research and Training, CHALADORAT, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has ended in Awka.
The conference, aimed at charting the way forward towards building an enduring peace in Nigerian has as its theme: “Fifty Years Post Nigeria Civil War: issues, challenges and prospects towards national integration, justice, peace and security”, with sub-themes as: “Attitudes of the people of the old Eastern Nigeria towards Nigerian nationalism”, and “Governance, conflict resolution and sustainable national development”.
The Vice Chancellor of UNIZIK, Professor Charles Esimone, who described the conference as of monumental importance, considering the need to look back to factors that precipitated the civil war and chart the way forward, expressed optimism that the conference will bring about useful ideas and recommendations towards building an enduring peace in Nigeria.
The Keynote speaker at the conference, and one time Senate President of Nigeria, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, who commended the institution for using the conference to find solutions to Nigeria’s existential problems, observed that ethnic cleavages are still obvious, suggesting that Nigeria is still at war with itself.
He noted that no nation survives a repeat of civil war, and called on political leaders to use the lessons of the war for national advancement, ensuring that rule of law and equality of all citizens are promoted.
The immediate past President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo, observed that Nigeria can only prosper when some aspects of Nigeria’s current conditions are addressed, by using people of vision and experiences that abound in every part of the country.
Other Speakers includes, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, Professors Uzodimma Nwala, Akachukwu Ezigbo, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah, Emir of Shonga, Dr. Haliru Yahaya, as well as Alhaji Salihu Lukman.