• Short Summary

    An eight-foot statue erected in memory of Nigerian civil war victims was unveiled at the Idunmota Cenotaph, Lagos on Sunday (8 November).

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    SV Troops, followed by sailors, march
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    SV Sailors
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    MV More troops
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    SV & MV Veiled statue, and "Soldier of Peace" drapped with Nigerian flag
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    SV Crowd
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    GV Sailors lined up
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    MV Armoured vehicle comes towards camera followed by car
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    MV Outriders (police) and General Gowon's car arrive
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    SV Gowon gets out of car to dais(3 shots)
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    SV&BV Gowon salutes (2 shots)
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    GV&MV Gowon down from dais, inspects troops and others including scouts and guides in slow march (5 shots)
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    MV&CU Gowon and party walk to cenotaph
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    MV Soldiers pick up wreath, MV hands to officer, MV hands to Gowon who lays wreath and salutes, TILT UP TO see statues of two soldiers on cenotaph (3 shots)
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    CU Wreath at cenotaph
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    BV Officer salutes in front of new "Soldier of Peace" monument
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    MV Statue TILT DOWN TO Gowon speaking to officers
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    MBV Gowon laying wreath on new monument
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    GV Gowon on dais as troops march past in foreground
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    Background: An eight-foot statue erected in memory of Nigerian civil war victims was unveiled at the Idunmota Cenotaph, Lagos on Sunday (8 November). Head of State Major-General Yakubu Gowon was present at the Ceremony and placed a wreath at the foot of the statue.

    The dedication of the statue, a gift from the people and government of Kano state in the north, coincided with ceremonies arranged in remembrance of those who died in the two world wars.

    The 36-year-old General said the statue was dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in defence of Nigeria's unity and sovereignty. He prayed that the souls of the several thousands who died in the 30-month civil war with the former secessionist Biafran forces might rest in peace.

    The brief ceremony at the cenotaph was watched by a large crowd of Nigerians and some foreign diplomats. Units of the armed forces and ex-servicemen were on parade, and General Gowon took the salute as the soldiers marched past.

    Named "Soldier of Peace", the statue represents a Nigerian soldier carrying a sub-machine gun and posed for action. It was produced by a Kano-based Italian sculptor and painter, Riccardo Micheletti.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6MSZLMYXZEF2ZDFHJUXR12HY2
    Media URN:
    VLVA6MSZLMYXZEF2ZDFHJUXR12HY2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
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    N/A

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