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Curator urges Nigerians to visit National War Museum in Umuahia

The curator said the “specialised museum” tells the story of the Nigerian civil war and the different war implements used.

• May 27, 2022
National War Museum
National War Museum building used to illustrate the story

The Curator, National War Museum, Umuahia, Evelyn Osuagwu, has called on Nigerians to visit the museum to enhance peaceful co-existence in the country.

Mrs Osuagwu made the call in Umuahia on Friday at the 2022 International Museum Day and Children’s Day celebrations, organised by the museum.

Although the International Museum Day is commemorated on May 18 of every year, the museum, however, chose to celebrate it on May 27, being Children’s Day.

The curator said that the museum had the power to change people’s mindset, especially during this challenging period in the country.

She said that the gallery was the only war museum in the West African sub-region, adding that it is a specialised museum that tells the story of the Nigerian civil war and the different war implements used.

She said that the museum also showcased the relics and some of the technological inventions achieved during the civil war.

“The museum is not talking about war, but peace. It is a centre for peace because if you enter the gallery and come out, you will not like to experience war again.

“We are also inviting people to visit this place so that we can learn from our past mistakes and for us to maintain peace in the country,” she said.

The Curator, Museum of Colonial History, Aba, Theophilus Amadi, urged people to visit the museum and learn. He told the staff members to commit themselves to research, adding that the museum was a research institute.

Earlier in his remarks, Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Abba Tijani,said that the theme was inspired by the dynamism which the entire globe was experiencing in the past years.

Mr Tijani, whose speech was read by Mrs Osuagwu, called for a stand-alone building in Abuja to serve as the National Museums and offices for the commission.


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