Danjuma: Ojukwu should’ve conceded to save lives

Had former Biafran leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu- Ojukwu behaved like President Goodluck Jonathan who conceded after losing the March 28 election, many of the lives lost in the civil war would have been saved, former Minister of Defence Theophilus Danjuma  said yesterday.

Gen. Danjuma spoke at his home in Abuja when the President visited him.

The former Army chief is the political leader in Taraba State, one of the three states in the North won by President Jonathan. The others are Nasarawa and Plateau States.

They met briefly behind closed-doors before the President departed for the Presidential Villa.

No reasons were given for the meeting but the president thanked Gen. Danjuma for his fatherly support during the election.

Gen. Danjuma said Jonathan’s decision to concede defeat to Buhari, had set a record in the country.

According to him, if the late Ojukwu had done the same thing after the fall of Enugu, when his government had to flee into the bush, he would have saved the country from further bloodshed.

He said: “The outcome of the election and the manner in which President Jonathan conceded victory to Gen. Buhari is totally unAfrican, it is very important in the history of Africa.

”Ojukwu didn’t do the same after the fall of Enugu. If he had conceded victory to the federal troops he would have saved the nation one full year of bloodshed.

“President Jonathan has set a history, a record to be emulated by the rest of Africa and indeed the whole world. It’s an excellent thing he did.”

Jonathan thanked him for his fatherly support during the election.

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