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The Oluwo of Iwoland, Abdrosheed Akanbi, has called on the Federal Government to begin the process of healing the wounds inflicted on the Igbos during the Biafran War as a step towards sustaining the nation’s unity.

His call is coming at a time when the Federal Government is battling secessionists groups who are in the struggle for the actualisation of the state of Biafra, under which flag the Igbos fought the war.

According to the traditional ruler, there is an urgent need “to call a unification conference to assess the destruction of the civil war to Igbos and provide palliative capable of promoting long term affinity among diverse ethnic groups in the nation.”

The Oluwo, in a statement made available to journalists on Friday, commended the resilience and magnanimity of the Igbos towards Nigeria, describing the injury as enormous.

He stated that the Igbo people are major stakeholders in Nigeria’s technological advancement, innovation and invention.

He said the federal government should call a stakeholders’ meeting to “assess and render proficient succour worthy to erase the harms caused by the war damages.”

The civil war which is well known as the Biafran lasted between July 1967 to January 1970.

The Igbos led by the late Odumegwu Ojukwu, suffered huge casualties and human lives and materials.

“The injury inflicted by the war is inimical to the unity of Nigeria. The feeling is still fresh in the brain of many victims and their children,” he said.

“The federal government of Nigeria led by President Muhammed Buhari should consider a national conference to assess and discuss palliatives capable of erasing the feeling and memory of the damages.

“I commend the magnanimity and resiliency of the Igbo. Despite the huge loss, they have moved on. Today, they are the leading industrialists in promotion of Nigeria’s technological advancement.

“Calling a national dialogue will foster unity and heal the wound inflicted by the harm. We should learn from the past, forgive ourselves and forget.

“But for the dream unity to be achieved, the constituted authority of the federal government led by President Muhammed Buhari must lead the conference and render succour to the victims.”

The Oluwo prides himself as the first traditional ruler to patronize made in Nigeria Innoson vehicles, which is owned by an Igbo man.

He also assured his continuous unalloyed support to encourage and promote the technological progress of Igbos.

He further pledged to visit Igbo monarchs soon to fraternize and talk on the country’s unity.

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