• Short Summary

    WESTERN NIGERIAN LEADERS MET IN IBADAN ON WEDNESDAY AND AFTER THEIR MEETING ISSUED A COMMUNIQUE CALLING ON THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT TO WITHDRAW IMMEDIATELY ALL NORTHERN TROOPS FROM THE REGION.

  • Description

    WESTERN NIGERIAN LEADERS MET IN IBADAN ON WEDNESDAY AND AFTER THEIR MEETING ISSUED A COMMUNIQUE CALLING ON THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT TO WITHDRAW IMMEDIATELY ALL NORTHERN TROOPS FROM THE REGION. THEY ALSO DEMANDED THE WITHDRAWAL OF POLICEMEN OF NON-YORUBA ORIGIN.

    THE COMMUNIQUE ALSO ASKED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO REPLACE NORTHERN TROOPS AND NON-YORUBA POLICEMEN WITH YORUBAS NOW STATIONED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

    EARLIER WESTERN DEMANDS FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF NORTHERN TROOPS IN THE WESTERN REGION HAVE ALREADY BEEN DESCRIBED AS IMPRACTICABLE BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR SECURITY REASONS AND A WEEK EARLIER THE MILITARY HEAD OF STATE, LIEUTENANT COLONEL YAKUBA GOWON, SAID IN A NATIONAL BROADCAST THAT LAW AND ORDER AND NATIONAL SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS IN THE WESTERN REGION WOULD BREAK DOWN IF NORTHERN TROOPS WERE WITHDRAWN AT ONCE.

    THE NIGERIAN ARMY IS DOMINATED BY NORTHERNERS AND EASTERNERS. WESTERN NIGERIANS NUMBER LESS THAN 1,000 MEN IN THE 8,000 STRONG ARMY. COLONEL GOWON SAID IN HIS BROADCAST THAT STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO RECRUIT MORE WESTERNERS. HE SAID THAT BECAUSE OF GENERAL DISTRUST IN THE COUNTRY THE BULK OF THE ARMY IN EACH REGION HAD TO BE DRAWN FROM THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF THAT REGION. BUT HIS LONG TERM AIM, HE DECLARED, WAS TO PRESERVE ONE NIGERIAN ARMY AND ONE NIGERIA.

    WEDNESDAY'S COMMUNIQUE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP RECRUITMENT OF YORUBAS FOR THE ARMY. IT SAID WESTERN LEADERS WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK FOR A STRONG FEDERAL SYSTEM AND THE CREATION OF MORE STATES BASED ON LINGUISTIC, ETHNIC, AND GEOGRAPHICAL PRINCIPLES, BUT THESE OBJECTIVES COULD BE ACHIEVED ONLY GRADUALLY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA10A2P6YZP6Y07O7UTR4TWNUOQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA10A2P6YZP6Y07O7UTR4TWNUOQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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