Nigeria's new leader, Brigadier Murtala Mohammed has made his maiden speech to the nation and the media -- accusing the previous government of indecision, indiscipline and neglect.
GVS AND TRAVEL SHOTS OF Armed soldiers, patrolling in military vehicles and tanks. (6 shots)
GV Murtala Mohammed (centre) with his new government members.
GV ZOOM INTO CU Mohammed speaking.
BRIGADIER MOHAMMED: "Fellow Nigerians the events of the first few years has indicated that despite our great human and material resources, the government have not been able to fulfill the legitimate expectations of our people. Nigeria has been left to drift. This situation, if not arrested, would inevitably have resulted in chaos and even bloodshed. In the endeavour to build a strong, united and virile nation, Nigerians have shed much blood. The thought of further bloodshed, for whatever reason, must I am sure be revolting to our people. The Armed Forces, having examined the situation, came to the conclusion that certain changes were inevitable. After the civil war, the affairs of state (indistinct) collective responsibility, became characterised by a lack of consultation, indecision, indiscipline and even neglect."
Initials VS 14.45 VS 14.50
This film is serviced with a speech in English by Brigadier Mohammed.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Nigeria's new leader, Brigadier Murtala Mohammed has made his maiden speech to the nation and the media -- accusing the previous government of indecision, indiscipline and neglect.
Brigadier Mohammed said Nigeria had been left to drift by previous Head of State, General Gowon, and warned that if the situation was not remedied, the result would be chaos and bloodshed.
Referring to the civil war, Brigadier Mohammed said Nigerians had shed much blood, in the endeavour to build a strong, and united country.
And he said he was certain the idea of further bloodshed, was revolting to all Nigerians. After examining the situation, the Armed Forces reached the conclusion that changes were inevitable.
General Gowon was deposed in a bloodless coup on 29 July while he was attending the Organisation of African Unity (DAU) conference in Kampala, Uganda.
According to reports form Lagos, a major reason behind the coup was dissatisfaction in the Armed Forces and the community at large with General Gowon's failure to carry out his pledge to hold elections.
Another reason given was alleged widespread corruption in the previous government and growing stagnation. One visible example of the situation was the backlog of ships that have clogged Lagos harbour for weeks.