Nigeria has granted travel rights to Namibian (South West African) citizens and promised increased aid for African nationalist guerrillas throughout the continent.
GV Gowon's residence in Lagos & sign 'Visitors Car' (2 shots)
MV & SV Gowon greeting UN delegation (2 shots)
GV Building & SV sign 'Nigerian Institute of International Affairs' (2 shots)
STV INT. Dr Arikpo addressing delegates
SCU Dr Arikpo speaking
TRANSCRIPT: DR ARIKPO (SEQ. 5): "Since the adoption of the General Assembly Resolution 2145 (XX1) terminating the mandate of South Africa over Namibia, and the subsequent creation of your Council, Nigeria has, and will continue to extend to the United Nations all and every assistance and co-operation in order to enable you to fulfil your mandate.
As you are well aware, my Government is participating actively in the current proceedings of the International Court of Justice aimed at clarifying certain legal aspects of the Namibian question. While we await the ruling of the Court, which in the view of my Government will not, in any case, have material effect on the prescriptive authority of your Council, we must not relent in our endeavours to find every practical way of exercising the will of the United Nations in favour of the territory and people of Namibia."
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Background: Nigeria has granted travel rights to Namibian (South West African) citizens and promised increased aid for African nationalist guerrillas throughout the continent. These moves came this week following an appeal from visiting delegates of the U.N. Council for Namibia. Nigeria now becomes the fourth African country to allows such travel and transit rights -- the others are Zambia, Uganda and Ethiopia. South Africans are normally bared from most black African countries, and Namibians - whom they govern - have until now been in much the same position.
The pledge for increased aid to guerrillas was made by External Affairs Minister Dr Okoi Arikpo, while opening the talks between his Government and the U.N. Council.