• Short Summary

    NIGERIAN HEAD OF STATE, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, ON SATURDAY (25 MAY) ACCUSED TANZANIA, ZAMBIA, IVORY COAST AND GABON OF PROMOTING THE COLLAPSE OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU) THROUGH THEIR RECOGNITION OF BIAFRA, NIGERIA'S BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION.

  • Description

    1.
    MV GOWON SITS AT DESK.
    0.14

    2.
    CV GOWON SPEAKING - (SOF)
    2.16


    TRANSCRIPT: GOWON: "AS IS WELL KNOWN FOUR MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISATION IN VIOLATION OF THE CHARTER WHICH THEY SOLEMNLY PROMISED TO ADHERE TO HAVE IN THE MOST BLATANT MANNER INTERFERED IN THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF NIGERIA UNDER THE GUISE OF HUMANITARIAN CONSIDERATIONS. THESE MEMBERS HAVE ALLOWED PETTY JEALOUSY AND THE MACHINATIONS OF NEO-COLONIALISTS TO OVERRIDE THEIR LOYALTY TO THE AFRICAN CAUSE. MOREOVER, THE HAVE VIOLATED THE RESOLUTION UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT IN CONGO-KINSHASA IN SEPTEMBER 1967 WHICH CONDEMNED SECESSION AND APPOINTED A CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE TO CONSULT WITH THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT ON WAYS OF RESOLVING THE PROBLEM. I WONDER WHETHER THOSE WHO COME OUT OPENLY TO GIVE ENCOURAGEMENT TO REBELLION IN NIGERIA REALISE THAT THEY ARE MAKING THEMSELVES THE TOOLS OF NEO-COLONIALISTS AND THE INSTRUMENTS OF DISINTEGRATION IN THE CONTINENT. THEY ARE SEEKING, PERHAPS UNWITTINGLY, TO RETARD THE FORWARD MARCH OF AFRICA TO POLITICAL STABILITY. BY THEIR SHAMELESS VIOLATION OF THE CHARTER THEY ARE PROMOTING THE COLLAPSE OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY. WHAT MORE WOULD PLEASE THE ENEMIES OF AFRICA THAN THAT THE CONTINENT SHOULD ONCE AGAIN DISINTEGRATE INTO SPLINTER GROUPS WHICH CAN BE MANIPULATED AT WILL BY THEM. AS IT EMBARKS ON THE SIXTH YEAR OF ITS EXISTENCE THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY IS THUS FACED WITH A SERIOUS DANGER WHETHER THE ORGANISATION WILL SURVIVE OR NOT DEPENDS ON THE ABILITY OF THE DEDICATED OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF ITS MEMBERS TO STOUTLY RESIST THE TREACHERY OF THE FEW WHO CANNOT GRASP THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLE THAT MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORGANISATION DEMANDS ABSOLUTE RESPECT FOR ITS CHARTER."




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    Background: NIGERIAN HEAD OF STATE, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, ON SATURDAY (25 MAY) ACCUSED TANZANIA, ZAMBIA, IVORY COAST AND GABON OF PROMOTING THE COLLAPSE OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU) THROUGH THEIR RECOGNITION OF BIAFRA, NIGERIA'S BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION.

    WITHOUT SPECIFICALLY NAMING THE FOUR STATES WHO HAD RECOGNISED BIAFRA DIPLOMATICALLY IN THE LAST FIVE WEEKS GENERAL GOWON, SPEAKING IN A BROADCAST MARKING THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORGANISATION, SAID THAT FOUR OAU MEMBERS HAD VIOLATED THE OAU CHARTER BY INTERFERING IN NIGERIA'S INTERNAL AFFAIRS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACOITSRNAEM5GEL5OQKJBIIP10
    Media URN:
    VLVACOITSRNAEM5GEL5OQKJBIIP10
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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