Amos Madu, the former Anglican Archbishop of the Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, has issued a warning against inciting conflict in Nigeria, noting that individuals who do so are unaware of the terrible fallout from the 1967–1970 Nigerian Civil War. Speaking in Enugu, Madu emphasised the horrific and genocidal circumstances that existed throughout the fight and urged people not to romanticise war.
Madu highlighted the necessity for elders to teach and mentor the younger generation in order to stop a recurrence of the civil war and voiced concern that some people are unaware of its terrible reality. He emphasised the extreme hardships of the war, when mothers were forced to cook without salt, fish, meat, or vegetables due to food shortages.
The prelate urged the Igbo community to reflect on the gratitude owed to God for ending the war in 1970, noting that failure to acknowledge divine intervention contributes to the ongoing challenges faced by the Igbo people. He encouraged the commemoration of January 15th annually to honor God for His role in halting the conflict.
Madu lamented that many Igbos have neglected this act of gratitude, leading to prolonged struggles and what he described as “self-imposed slavery and bondage.” He pointed out that acknowledging the divine intervention during the civil war is crucial for the Igbo nation’s well-being.
Madu emphasised the importance of raising awareness by pointing out the rise in January 15th commemorations, which suggests that people are becoming more and more conscious of how important it is to express thankfulness. He emphasised the part that God played in the Igbo people’s fight for independence and forewarned them that hardship would continue if they did not express their appreciation and acknowledgement.
In closing, the former archbishop stressed how important it is for Igbos to acknowledge and give thanks to God for His involvement in the past since he felt that doing so would help the community overcome the difficulties it is currently facing.