Former Head of State and elder statesman, General Yakubu Gowon has warned against dragging the nation into a civil war saying such will take Nigeria backwards in harrowing and unimaginable dimensions.
General Gowon issued the warning on Saturday in Abuja at a public lecture on “Rejigging the Security Architecture of Nigeria where he was represented by a former Governor of Bauchi State, Major General Chris Abutu Garuba.
Gowon expressed deep concerns over the growing tension among the youths and appealed to the federal government to take up the challenge saying those who have fallen victims to war would not wish that Nigeria goes into another one outside of the one fought between 1967 and 1970.
On his part, a Professor of African History, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Olawale Albert said going into war will only escalate the problems confronting the nation.
“If you see war, you will run. It is only those who have never seen war that can call for it. It does not pay anyone.
The University Don cautioned those drumming war drums, saying Nigerians will gain nothing from it in the end.