The coastal aborigines of the Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River States (BRAC) have reaffirmed their unwavering support for Gen. Yakubu Gowon, the former military Head of State of Nigeria, claiming that he is their hero.

According to BRAC, they would always appreciate General Yakubu Gowon for establishing BRAC states from the erstwhile Eastern Region Government in response to their parents’ prayers and longing.

The BRAC communities say that Gowon is their hero, second only to what they call the Holy Spirit. They also urge those pressuring him to apologize for his part in the Civil War to reconsider.

In response to requests for General Yakubu Gowon to apologize for his participation in the civil war, the General Coordinator of BRAC Coastal Aborigines, Doris McDaniels, made a statement saying that some individuals are simply propagating erroneous information about Gowon’s peace mission to maintain Nigeria’s unity.

“It has been brought to our attention on the recent insults directed at General Yakubu Gowon by Igbo apex groups Ohaneze Ndigbo and Indigenous People of Biafra.

“We are deeply offended by their audacity in demanding an apology from General Gowon for his divine role in leading Nigeria to a peaceful end of the war and delivering the BRAC Coastal areas and her people from the genocidal oppression of the Biafran soldiers, preventing further evacuation of the BRAC people from their ancestral homes of the oil rich coastal areas in anticipation of Biafra winning the war,” McDaniels said while urging the Igbo groups to address the atrocities committed by Biafran soldiers on the people of BRAC states, who are the multi-ethnic minority of the former Eastern Region Government.

“We are now known as BRAC: Bayelsa State, Rivers State, Akwa Ibom State and Cross River State.

“We believe that the people talking about Gen Gowon are not telling the truth. They should speak the truth and hold their warlord, Col Odumegu Ojukwu responsible for starting a spontaneous, ill-prepared war with no strategy and planning, conscripting the BRAC states into his imaginary political Biafra Republic without their permission and consent.

“The Igbo groups know this to be true, but they have chosen to spread falsehoods about General Yakubu Gowon’s peace mission to keep Nigeria united.

“We earnestly ask General Gowon to ignore and forgive the false perspective and fabricated version of the Nigerian civil war presented by the groups. We assure him that the people of the BRAC state know the truth and appreciate the timely intervention of his leadership and his war generals and veteran federal troops to usher in peace.

“We are forever grateful to General Yakubu Gowon for creating BRAC states out of the subjugation of the former Eastern Region Government in line with the yearning and cries of our fathers and mothers,” the group said.

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