• Short Summary

    THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN LEADER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, BROADCAST TO THE NATION ON THURSDAY -- THE FIRST DAY OF FORMAL PEACE AT THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR AGAINST THE FORMER BREAKWAY STATE OF BIAFRA.

  • Description


    BARRACKS: FLAG GENERAL GOWON SPEAKING: (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: GOWON: "THE SO-CALLED RISING SUN OF BIAFRA IS SET FOREVER. IT WILL BE A GREAT DISSERVICE FOR ANYONE TO CONTINUE TO USE THE WORD BIAFRA TO REFER TO THE EAST-CENTRAL STATE OF NIGERIA. THE TRAGIC CHAPTER OF VIOLENCE IS JUST ENDED. WE ARE AT THE DAWN OF NATIONAL RECONCILIATION. ONCE AGAIN, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A NEW NATION. YOU WILL HAVE HEARD THAT MY GOVERNMENT MAY SEEK THE ASSISTANCE OF FRIENDLY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND BODIES, ESPECIALLY IN THE PROVISION OF EQUIPMENT TO SUPPLEMENT OUR NATIONAL EFFORT. THERE ARE, HOWEVER, A NUMBER OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS WHOSE SO-CALLED ASSISTANCE WILL NOT BE WELCOME. THESE ARE THE GOVERNMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS WHICH SUSTAINED THE REBELLION. THEY ARE THUS GUILTY OF THE BLOOD OF THOUSANDS WHO PERISHED BECAUSE OF THE PROLONGATION OF THE FUTILE RESISTANCE. THEY DID NOT ACT OUT OF LOVE FOR HUMANITY. THEIR PURPOSE WAS TO DISINTEGRATE NIGERIA AND AFRICA AND IMPOSE THEIR WILL ON US."




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    Background: THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN LEADER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, BROADCAST TO THE NATION ON THURSDAY -- THE FIRST DAY OF FORMAL PEACE AT THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR AGAINST THE FORMER BREAKWAY STATE OF BIAFRA. THOUGH HE DECLARED THAT THE COUNTRY'S STATE OF EMERGENCY WILL REMAIN IN FORCE, GENERAL GOWON APPEALED TO ALL NIGERIANS TO ASSIST IN THE TASK OF REBUILDING THE NATION.

    ON THE SUBJECT OF FOREIGN AID IN THE TASK OF REBUILDING, GENERAL GOWON STATED THAT THE ASSISTANCE OF CERTAIN COUNTRIES AND ORGANISATIONS, WHOSE HELP HAD "SUSTAINED THE REBELLION" IN BIAFRA, WOULD NOT BE WELCOME IN NIGERIA.

    HE OFFERED FULL EQUALITY TO THE DEFEATED IBOS, BUT DEMANDED IN RETURN THAT THE WORD BIAFRA SHOULD BE NO LONGER USED:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAANQ39L85HXH9613H14RNF9H3L
    Media URN:
    VLVAANQ39L85HXH9613H14RNF9H3L
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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