The Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has applauded former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his recent comment on the Nigerian civil war.

Okogie in a statement made available to Daily Times on Monday in Lagos, however urged Obasanjo to match his words with action.

He said that for such a call to be meaningful there was also the need for the country’s leaders to forgive one another and work together for the peaceful co-existence of the country.

Obasanjo, at a reception in his honour by the PDP, South West Zone, urged Nigerians to put behind them the harrowing experience of the Nigerian civil war and work for the unity of the country.

“I want to congratulate former President Olusegun Obasanjo for telling Nigerians to forget about the ills of the civil war. It is a patriotic comment. But it should go beyond that. How I wish that the former president and all our leaders can put the words into action.

“I wish that all those, who bear grudges against one another, can come forward and bury the hatchet. The forgiveness he talks about should go beyond the civil war. Let him and all Nigerians continue to search their conscience and ask if we genuinely want peace to reign in our nation,? he said.

Okogie said that the only way for lasting peace is for us to forgive the wrongs meted on us by others and challenged Obasanjo to lead the way through his actions, and prayed that God would grant the country sustainable peace and harmony.


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