• Short Summary

    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL LEADER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, SAID IN A NATIONWIDE BROADCAST TODAY (1 OCTOBER) THAT TIME WAS RUNNING OUR FOR BIAFRAN LEADERS TO RENOUNCE THEIR SECESSION AND RETURN TO THE NIGERIAN FEDERATION.

  • Description


    GOWON'S RESIDENCE IN DODAN BARRACKS, FROM WHERE BROADCAST WAS MADE; GOWON WALKING TO HIS SEAT; GOWON SPEAKING.



    TRANSCRIPT: GOWON: 'I HAVE BEEN ASKED, NOW AND AGAIN, WHAT IS HOLDING UP THE CONCLUSION OF THE MILITARY OPERATIONS. LET ME ANSWER THIS QUESTION BY REPEATING ONCE AGAIN THAT WE ARE QUELLING A REBELLION -- NOT FIGHTING AN EXTERNAL ENEMY. WE HAVE CONDUCTED OPERATIONS OF THE WAR IN A VERY DELIBERATE FASHION, SO THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE NATIONAL RECONCILIATION ON THE CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES. OUR DETRACTORS SAY THAT THE REASON FOR THE DELAY IS THAT WE DO NOT HAVE THE WILL, OR THE CAPACITY, TO ACHIEVE A MILITARY SOLUTION. THIS IS NOT SO. THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALING THE NATION'S WOUND IN THE FUTURE RESTS WITH US -- NOT WITH ANY FOREIGNER. SO, LET US NOT FORGET WHY WE HAVE GONE TO WAR: TO KEEP NIGERIA ONE.



    'IN MY SPEECH AT THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY CONFERENCE, I WARNED THAT, UNLESS THE SECESSIONIST LEADERSHIP ACCEPTED THE OPPORTUNITY OFFERED BY THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY TO SETTLE OUR CRISIS BY PEACEFUL NEGOTIATIONS, THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO CARRY ON THE MILITARY OPERATIONS TO ITS LOGICAL CONCLUSION. THERE IS STILL TIME FOR THE SECESSIONIST LEADERSHIP TO RETRACE ITS STEP, BUT TIME IS FAST RUNNING OUT. 'FINALLY, I WISH TO ASSURE YOU THAT THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT REMAINS AS DETERMINED AS EVER TO PURSUE RELENTLESSLY THE SEARCH FOR AN HONOURABLE AND LASTING SOLUTION TO THE NIGERIAN CRISIS. THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED ONLY WITH YOUR CONTINUED CO-OPERATION AND SACRIFICE. YOU HAVE DONE EXTREMELY WELL, BUT MORE IS REQUIRED OF ALL IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE TASK THAT GOD HAS CALLED UPON US TO ACCOMPLISH FOR THE GOOD OF OUR BELOVED COUNTRY AND IN THE INTEREST OF THE WHOLE OF AFRICA. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. THANK YOU.'




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    Background: THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL LEADER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, SAID IN A NATIONWIDE BROADCAST TODAY (1 OCTOBER) THAT TIME WAS RUNNING OUR FOR BIAFRAN LEADERS TO RENOUNCE THEIR SECESSION AND RETURN TO THE NIGERIAN FEDERATION. THE BROADCAST WAS MADE TO MARK NIGERIA'S NINTH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE.

    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL LEADER SPOKE FROM HIS RESIDENCE IN DODAN BARRACKS, LAGOS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABGP8E3JQCTYAZUZ1MRIN55PTJ
    Media URN:
    VLVABGP8E3JQCTYAZUZ1MRIN55PTJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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