Why Did Yakubu Gowon,renege On Aburi Agreement He Signed?

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Today in History: Aburi Accord took place. On this day, January 4th and 5th in 1967, Aburi Accord (agreement) was reached in Aburi, Ghana, by the FG delegates and the Eastern Region delegates led by Col. Emeka Ojukwu. Its purpose was to carve out a... way to prevent a looming war in Nigeria. Aburi, a town in the Akuapiam South Municipal District of the Eastern Region of South Ghana, was specifically chosen as the venue of the meeting because the Eastern delegates and their leader, Col. Emeka Ojukwu's safety could not be guaranteed anywhere within the Western and Northern Nigeria. Issues Discussed At The Meeting Were: Total Overhauling of the Army Constitutional Agreement Issue of displaced people within the country To stop using force in the settlement of dispute. List of Aburi Delegates Are: Lt. Gen. J.A Ankrah (Chairman of the Ghana National Liberation Council). Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon Lt. Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu Maj. Mobolaji Johnson (Gov. Lagos State) Lt. Col. Hassan Katsina (Gov. Northern Region) Lt. Col. David Ejoor (Gov. Mid-Western Region) Joseph Wey (Military VP) Col. Robert Adebayo (Gov. Western Region) Kam Selem (Police Chief) Mr. T. Omo-Bare. note:Aburi accord suggested Nigeria return to regional government,so why did yakubu gowon renegade from aburi agreement he signed? The above named Governors came with their secretaries headed by S. Akenzua who later became the Oba of Benin. In response to the accord, the Federal Military Govt. promulgated Decree No. 8 which was an embodiment of the Aburi accord. The accord later broke down due to different interpretations from both sides and later led to mindless bloodletting that exacted millions of casualties of Ndi Igbo. It's worthy to note that it was Awolowo & S Akenzua that suggested to Gowon to relegate the Aburi agreements to the background and he accepted. Another school of thought believed that it was the discovery of Oil in Igbo land that also contributed to Gowon's rejection of Aburi agreements. Failure to implement Aburi Accord led to the death of over 3.5 million Ndi Igbo. Gowon also decided to abandon the agreement because he claimed Ojukwu went to Aburi prepared while others were not. One can rightly say that Gowon masterminded the genocide of over 3.5 million Ndi Igbo. On Aburi we stand! Follow us on Instagram.com/IgboHistoFacts

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