• Short Summary

    NIGERIA'S MILITARY HEAD OF STATE, COLONEL YAKUBU GOWON, HAS TOLD DELEGATES TO THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE IN LAGOS THAT THEY SHOULD RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITIES OF ALLOWING THE COUNTRY TO BREAK UP OR OF FORMING A UNITARY GOVERNMENT.

  • Description


    NATIONAL HALL; DELEGATES ENTERING HALL; CROWDS GOWON SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: GOWON: "YOU ARE THEREFORE REQUIRED TO FIND WHAT FORM OF POLITICAL ASSOCIATION THIS GREAT COUNTRY SHOULD ADOPT. YOU WILL NEED TO ANALYSE, IN THE LIGHT OF NIGERIAN CIRCUMSTANCES, ALL THE ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST THE VARIOUS TYPES OF POLITICAL ARRANGEMENTS. TWO THINGS FOR THE PRESENT EXERCISE I FEEL SHOULD BE RULED OUT, VIZ (A) A COMPLETE BREAK-UP; (B) A UNITARY FORM OF GOVERNMENT. I THEREFORE PUT BEFORE YOU THE FOLLOWING FORMS OF GOVERNMENT FOR CONSIDERATION; (A) FEDERAL SYSTEM WITH A STRONG CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, (B) FEDERAL SYSTEM WITH A WEAK CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, (C) CONFEDERATION, OR (D), AN ENTIRELY NEW ARRANGEMENT WHICH WILL BE PECULIAR TO NIGERIA AND WHICH HAS NOT YET FOUND ITS WAY INTO ANY POLITICAL DICTIONARY.




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    Background: NIGERIA'S MILITARY HEAD OF STATE, COLONEL YAKUBU GOWON, HAS TOLD DELEGATES TO THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE IN LAGOS THAT THEY SHOULD RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITIES OF ALLOWING THE COUNTRY TO BREAK UP OR OF FORMING A UNITARY GOVERNMENT.

    THE CONFERENCE, AT WHICH ALL OF NIGERIA'S REGIONS ARE REPRESENTED, IS MEETING TO PLAN THE COUNTRY'S CONSTITUTIONAL FUTURE. COLONEL GOWN MADE THESE POINTS IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS TO THE CONFERENCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2E9SWI6IF078BO0UAJKIZQ1O7
    Media URN:
    VLVA2E9SWI6IF078BO0UAJKIZQ1O7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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