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    THE ACTING NIGERIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER IN GHANA, MR. OLU ADENEJI, SAID IN ACCRA ON FRIDAY?

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    NEWS CONFERENCE; MR. ADENEJI SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: ADENEJI: THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CALLING ON THE OAU TO INTERVENE IN THE NIGERIAN CRISIS, AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BEAR IN MIND THEY ARE ADVOCATING THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE ORGANISATION ITSELF BY INVITING IT TO ACT CONTRARY TO ITS OWN CHARTER. THEY SHOULD REFLECT THAT NO COUNTRY IN AFRICA CAN THEREAFTER BE SURE THAT ITS MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORGANISATION WILL NOT EXPOSE IT TO INTERFERENCE IF AMBITIOUS NATIONALS CAN APPEAL OVER THE HEAD OF THEIR GOVERNMENT TO THE ORGANISATION. THE OAU IN ITS OWN INTEREST CANNOT ENCOURAGE SECESSION AS A MEANS OF SETTLING INTERNAL DISPUTES THAT ABOUND IN MEMBER STATES. HAVING SAID THIS, I MUST EMPHASISE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER CLOSED THE DOOR AGAINST A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF THE NIGERIAN PROBLEM. IF WE GIVE OUR VIEWS THAT HE HAS COMMITTED A POLITICAL BLUNDER IN SECESSION, AND THAT HE IS WILLING TO NEGOTIATE, IT IS FOR ALL GENUINE FRIENDS OF NIGERIA TO CALL UPON HIM TO TAKE THE FIRST INDISPENSABLE STEP BY CALLING OFF HIS STILLBORN REPUBLIC. AN OAU SUMMIT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS.




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    Background: THE ACTING NIGERIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER IN GHANA, MR. OLU ADENEJI, SAID IN ACCRA ON FRIDAY THAT THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN MILITARY GOVERNMENT WANTED TOTAL MILITARY VICTORY IN THE CIVIL WAR BEFORE DISCUSSIONS WITH BREAKAWAY EASTERN PROVINCE, NOW CALLING ITSELF BIAFRA.

    MR. ADENEJI, SPEAKING AT A NEWS CONFERENCE, ALSO REJECTED THE POSSIBILITY OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU) INTERVENING IN THE HOSTILITIES. HE DESCRIBED A CALL BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL OJUKWU, LEADER OF THE EASTERN REGION, FOR OAU INTERVENTION AS AN ATTEMPT TO HAVE THE SECESSIONIST REGIME RECOGNISED.

    MR. ADENEJI SAID OAU INTERVENTION IN THE CIVIL WAR WOULD BE TANTAMOUNT TO A BREAK-UP OF NIGERIA. HE SAID THE CARDINAL AIM OF THE OAU WAS TO ENCOURAGE UNITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4FY9MQCEEVSHXAPA6WPU4FP4S
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FY9MQCEEVSHXAPA6WPU4FP4S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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