Dismissing insinuations of hatred for people of the South East, President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Nigerian civil war fought over fifty years ago
was not a battle of enemies but a disagreement between brothers.

The President spoke on Monday while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Red Cross Society at State House Abuja.

In the course of the visit the President was conferred with honour of Grand Patron of the body.

Describing the then Head of State General Yakubu Gowon as a committed
patriot, President Buhari noted that specific instructions had been handed down to Military Commanders to treat Biafran troops with restraint.

In addition he said international observers were allowed to access the remotest areas affected by the war.

The President commended the Nigerian Red Cross Society for its intervention in humanitarian situations in the country dating as far back as the war.

The body is asking President Buhari to assent to a review of a bill guiding
its operations in the country which is presently in the National Assembly
as soon as it gets to his table.