On Friday (1 October), Nigeria marked its eleventh independence anniversary with military parades and civilian rallies throughout the Federal and State capitals.
SV Gowon arrives escorted by cavalry
MS Gowon out of cat
MS GOWON and officials walking
GS Gowon drives pest Armed Forces in Landrover, SV drives past (2 shots)
LV Troops march past
MS ZOOM INTO SCU Gowon takes salute
SCU Troops past camera (2 shots)
GROUND TO AIR Aircraft fly past
SV People watch
SCU Mrs. Gowon (left) watches parade
SCU Senior officers watch
SCU Civilian official watches
CV Crowd applaud
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Background: On Friday (1 October), Nigeria marked its eleventh independence anniversary with military parades and civilian rallies throughout the Federal and State capitals.
In Lagos, General Aykubu Gowon took the salute at a march past of military personnel, police and schoolchildren. And, addressing the huge crowds watching the parade and fly-past of Nigerian military aircraft, has said that Nigeria had achieved complete reconciliation with the former Biafran secessionist Ibo tribespeople who lost the civil war two years ago. The country, he said, was now rebuilding its economy.
General Gowon told his listeners: "We believe in the peaceful co-existence of all nations, and we have continued to work for world peace and the unity, progress and emancipation of Africa and all oppressed people."
SYNOPSIS: On Friday, Nigeria celebrated its eleventh independence anniversary. And in Lagos, federal leader General Aykubu Gowon arrived with a ceremonial escort of cavalry to take part in the capital's military parade. Crowds of up to twenty thousand were massed for the occasion at the Tafawa Balewa Square. The square is named after a late Prime Minister who died in the country's first coup in 1966.
Dressed in ceremonial uniform, the General drove past the parade in an open vehicle. Later, he took the salute as units of Nigeria's armed forces marched past in slow time. Combat aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force flew past. Later, addressing the huge crowds, General Gowon said that Nigeria had achieved a full reconciliation with the former secessionist Ibo tribespeople who two years ago were defeated by Federal forces in a bitter civil war. The country was now busy rebuilding its economy.
The General told the crowd that Nigeria believed in the peaceful co-existence of all nations, and that the country continues to work for world peace.