PHOTOS: Osinbajo meets South Eastern leaders, says war is easy to start but near impossible to end
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday evening had a consultation session with Leaders of Thought from the South Eastern region of Nigeria at the State House in Abuja over eviction notice issued to Igbos living in the North.
Speaking during the meeting, the acting president said: “One thing is clear – violence and war are terrible things. They are easy to start but near impossible to end. Indeed you’re all aware of the Igbo proverb that says that “A man who rushes into battle does not realize that battle entails death.” We are witnesses to the unspeakable devastation that war continues to inflict across the world. No one who has seen the horrors of war – even just on television – would wish it on their worst enemy.
It is also clear that wars sometimes start, not with bullets, but with words. Hateful, incendiary speech, opening floodgates of blood. The tongue, like the pen, is often mightier than the sword – because it is what pushes the sword into action. When we throw words like stones in a marketplace we do not know who or what it will hit.”
Photos by Sunday Aghaeze