The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday, recalled the lives lost to the 30-month civil war in Nigeria and prayed that never again shall the nation witness such.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement titled “President Buhari pays tribute to martyrs of Nigerian civil war.”
The civil war was fought between the government of Nigeria headed by Gen. Yakubu Gowon and the secessionist state of Biafra led by Lt. Col Odumegwu Ojukwu from July 6, 1967 to January 15, 1970.
Shehu said the President spoke at an event to welcome the leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Religious Movement, Sheikh Muhammadul Mahy Niass.
“He welcomed the Grand Khalifa to Nigeria and commended their efforts in finding solutions to the problems of security in the country.
“President Buhari described the visit of the spiritual leader as historical while commending the sect for its peaceful conduct in carrying out its activities.
“The leader of the Tijjaniyya in Nigeria, Sheikh Dahiru Usman described the sect as the largest with 70 million followers across the globe and prayed for continued peace and blessings for the country.
“Sheikh Niass said he had come to formally introduce himself as the new leader to the Government and people of Nigeria.
“He prayed for peace, unity and the greatness of Nigeria.”