Gowon faults setting up of Oputa panel
ASABA—FORMER Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon yesterday in Asaba faulted the setting up of the Oputa panel saying that onlyGod could bring about the much-needed reconciliation in the country. He also once again tendered a public apology to the people of Asaba for the mass killing of their kinsmen during the civil war, pointing out that he did not approve of the killings. Gowon who spoke with newsmen shortly after the South-South Zonal national prayer rally said "I don’t know why you (Nigeria) went to Oputa panel." But he expressed confidence that the programme which he is currently championing - "Nigeria Prays" would eventually bring about the needed true reconciliation.
Bishop Noel Ikeakanam of Faith Liberation Church Asaba gave the exhortation and called for total repentance among the church leaders, the political class and the ruled to enable God forgive the nation. Many men of God attended the rally among them is Pastor Ayo Dritsejafor of word of Life Bible Church Warri.
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Presidency: Ekwueme backs-5-year rterm for each zone - Gemade vows to reject N5m refund
By Eric Ugbor & Lemmy Ughegbe
Monday, December 09, 2002