Nigeria and the Ivory Coast have re-opened diplomatic relations after a three-year break because of the Nigerian civil war.
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GV Chief John Olatunji Omolodun, Nigerian Charge, off plane and greeted
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SV Jerome Ohou (Chief of Protocol) and Mr Serele, also of Protocol, walk cross tarmac
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TRANSCRIPT: OJUKWU: "I am not a stranger to Abidjan myself. This time last year I came here in a delegation led by the Nigerian Minister, Commissioner for Works and Housing, to negotiate the release of over one thousand Nigerian children which were taken here during the civil war. We received all kinds of assistance from the Ivorian Government for which we are very grateful and I'm happy with being entrusted with the task of re-opening this mission and to come to Abidjan, this very beautiful city, a pride in Africa and to meet again with my brothers and colleagues in the Foreign Office who have spared the time to meet us here this afternoon".
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Background: Nigeria and the Ivory Coast have re-opened diplomatic relations after a three-year break because of the Nigerian civil war. A four-man Nigerian mission, headed by Chief Olatunji Omolodun, arrived in the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan on Monday (October 18). They were greeted by Ivory Coast officials and several hundred Nigerians who are living in the Ivory Coast.
It is believed that General Ojukwu, leader of the breakaway Biafran regime during the civil war, is still living in exile in the Ivory Coast, although Nigeria had formerly insisted that he leave before the resumption of diplomatic relations.
SYNOPSIS: A four-man Nigerian mission arrived in the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan on Monday to re-open diplomatic relations between the two countries. Nigeria broke off relations with the Ivory Coast in 1968 when the Ivory Coast recognised the breakaway Biafran regime of General Ojukwu.
Hundreds of Nigerians, living in the Ivory Coast, greeted the new Charge d'Affaires, Chief John Olatunji Omolodun, when he arrived at abidjan Airport.
After the welcoming ceremony the new Charge d'Affaires held a brief press conference.....
It is believed that General Ojukwu, leader of the breakaway Biafran regime, is still living in exile in the Ivory Coast. Formerly. Nigeria had insisted that he leave before any resumption of diplomatic relations.