“The memory of what happened to me when I was three years old is still fresh in my mind; an Igbo man who was my guardian that married my aunty was killed; but before he was killed, he took me and locked me inside a room.

“That memory is still fresh in my mind and anybody who is beating the drums of war has not seen it.”

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State said this on Sunday during the 57th Independence anniversary church service held at the national headquarters of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Jos, Plateau State.

Lalong said the Igbo man, who was his guardian, was brutally killed after saving his life during the crisis when he still an infant.

He said the gory images and experience of the civil war are still fresh on his mind.

Lalong urged Nigerians to stop carrying arms against one another and expressed dismay that some people are beating drums of disintegration.

According to him, only genuine dialogue will address the cries of marginalisation and injustice among ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.