IN view of the genocide committed against the indigenous community of Asaba, Delta State, 53 years ago, the traditional ruler of the community, Obi Chike Edozien, has approved the erection of a befitting cenotaph in memory of the victims and called for establishment of a federal university in Asaba as a compensation for the war crimes.
Recounting snippets of the atrocious encountered, he stated that it was a total annihilation of two generations of all educated people of Asaba. Obi Edozien, however observed that general Gowon, who was then Head of State had apologised in person several years after the civil war.
“An event of such magnitude has impacted the Asaba community and that is why we are remembering this sad history. It is our prayer that a federal university be established in Asaba.
In his lecture entitled “Asaba October 7 Consequences of Silence, a professor of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Ossioma Nwolise, traced extrajudicial killings in the country to the negligence of 1967 Asaba massacre and the lopsided structure of Nigeria’s federalism.
Other speakers include the traditional ruler of Idumuje Uno, Obi Charles Anyasi, a renowned environmentalist who prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed. He called for adequate compensate to Asaba people. Chief Emma Okocha also refled on the war crime and its consequences.
Meanwhile chairman of the 2020 Genocide Remembrance Planning Committee, Ogbueshi Chuks Ndukeze, said the cenotaph would be erected at Ogbeosowa Square, where more than a thousand souls were shot by the federal forces in October 7, 1967.