The Aburi Accord (agreement) was reached in 1967 at a meeting in Aburi, Accra, Ghana, by the Supreme Military Council (The Federal Government delegates) and the Eastern region delegates, led by Colonel Ojukwu, the leader of the Eastern Region. The meeting took place between 4th and 5th of January, 1967, and its purpose was to carve out a way to prevent a war outbreak.
Aburi, Ghana was specifically chosen as the venue of the meeting because the Eastern delegates and their leader, Colonel Ojukwu’s safety could not be guaranteed anywhere within the Western and Northern part of Nigeria.
ISSUES DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING WERE:
¤ Re-organisation of the Armed forces
¤ Constitutional Agreement
¤ And the issue of displaced people within the country, Nigeria.
Here is the List of delegates sent to the Aburi conference: (from:
*Chairman of the Ghana National Liberation Council -Lt.-General J.A. Ankrah-Chairman
*Lt.-Col. Yakubu Gowon- Head of State
*Lt.-Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu – Governor Eastern Region
*Major Mobolaji Johnson – Governor Lagos State
*Lt.-Col. Hassan Katsina – Governor Northern Region
*Lt.-Col. David Ejoor – Governor Mid-Western Region
*Commodore (rank)|Commodore Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey – Vice President of Nigeria
*Colonel Robert Adebayo – Governor Western Region
*Alhaji Kam Selem
*Mr. T. Omo-Bare
*N. Akpan Secretary to the Military Governor-East
*Alhaji Ali Akilu Secretary to the Military Governor-North
*D. Lawani Under Secretary, Military Governor’s Office-Mid-West.
*P. Odumosu Secretary to the Military Governor-West
*S. Akenzua Permanent Under-Secretary-Federal Cabinet Office
In response to the accord, the Federal Military Government promulgated Decree No. 8, which was an embodiment of the Aburi accord. The accord later broke down due to different interpretation from both sides and later led to the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970).