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    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL MILITARY RULER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBA GOWON, REPEATED HIS APPEAL TO BREAKAWAY BIAFRAN LEADERS ON SUNDAY.

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    GENERAL GOWON SPEAKING FROM HIS OFFICIAL RESIDENCE IN THE DODAN BARRACKS.



    TRANSCRIPT: GOWON: "I DO NOT WISH TO SAY ANYTHING ON THIS OCCASION THAT MIGHT BE REGARDED AS PREJUDICIAL TO THE PEACE TALKS NOW GOING ON IN KAMPALA, UGANDA, BUT IN THE WORDS OF MR. ASIKA, THE REBEL LEADERS OUGHT TO KNOW WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THEY SHOULD CALL A HALT TO THE SHAMELESS DECEPTION OF INNOCENT IBOS WITH REPORTS OF FICTITIOUS VICTORIES ON THE BATTLE-FRONTS. THEY SHOULD APPRECIATE THAT THE SO-CALLED DIPLOMATIC RECOGNITION BY DUBIOUS CHARACTERS, WILL NOT IN THE LEAST ALTER THE COURSE OF NIGERIAN HISTORY. IT IS SHEER WICKEDNESS FOR OJUKWU AND HIS CLIQUE TO CONTINUE TO GOAD INNOCENT CITIZENS TO SUPPORT THE REBELLION AND LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR A CAUSE THAT IS NOT JUST. THE REBEL LEADERS KNOW, IN THEIR HEARTS OF HEARTS, THAT ALL THEIR FALSE PROPAGANDA ABOUT GENOCIDE AND MASSACRE DERIVES FROM PERSONAL AMBITION AND THE HAUNTING FEAR OF THEIR OWN FUTURE AND SAFETY, CONSEQUENTLY THEY DO NOT KNOW WHEN TO STOP.



    GOWON: I CALL TO THOSE WHO CLAIM TO LOVE NIGERIA AND THE IBOS, TO FACE REALITY AND ADVISE THE PEOPLE OF THE EAST CENTRAL STATE TO LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS AND RETURN TO THE FOLD. IT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CEASE HOSTILITIES WHILE IGNORING THE EVIL INTENTIONS OF THE REBELS. I HONESTLY BELIEVE IT IS IN THE TRUE INTERESTS OF THE IBOS THAT THEY RETURN TO THE FATHERLAND. I AM SATISFIED THAT ALL OF THE NIGERIANS HAVE LEARNT THE LESSON OF OUR MOST RECENT HISTORY AND THE CURRENT WAR AND I PRAY TO GOD THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE A REPETITION."




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    Background: THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL MILITARY RULER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBA GOWON, REPEATED HIS APPEAL TO BREAKAWAY BIAFRAN LEADERS ON SUNDAY. HE CALLED ON THEM TO SURRENDER THE INDEPENDENCE THEY SEIZED ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND RETURN TO THE NIGERIAN FEDERATION.

    IN A BROADCAST MARKING THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF NIGERIA'S SPLIT INTO 12 STATES ON THE EVE OF THE BIAFRAN SECESSION, GENERAL GOWON DECLARED: "I HONESTLY BELIEVE IT IS IN THE TRUE INTEREST OF THE IBOS THAT THEY RETURN TO THE FATHERLAND." HE ADDED THAT HE WAS SATISFIED THAT THE LESSONS OF "OUR MOST RECENT HISTORY AND THE CURRENT CIVIL WAR" HAD LEARNED AND THAT THERE WOULD NEVER BE A REPETITION.

    NIGERIA, WHICH HITHERTO EXISTED AS AN UNEASY AND UNBALANCED FEDERATION OF FOUR REGIONS, WAS CARVED UP TO 12 AUTONOMOUS STATES BY DECREE LAST MAY -- FOR DAYS BEFORE THE FORMER EASTERN REGION SECEDED, THE EASTERN REGION ITSELF WAS SPLIT TO THREE SEPARATE STATES AMONG THE TWELVE -- ONE FOR THE IBOS -- THE MAINSTAY OF THE PRESENT SECESSION -- AND TWO OTHERS FOR MINORITY ETHNIC GROUPS IN THE AREA.

    HERE IS AN EXTRACT FROM GENERAL GOWON'S SPEECH......

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    Film ID:
    VLVA12TMC5D5QH73EKUSWOF131UTQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA12TMC5D5QH73EKUSWOF131UTQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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