General Yakubu Gowon, head of the Republic of Nigeria, was elected chairman of the Organisation of African Unity for the coming year.
General Yakubu Gowon, head of the Republic of Nigeria, was elected chairman of the Organisation of African Unity for the coming year. His election took place at a private session before the opening on Sunday night (27 May) of the Organisation's tenth session. Voting for this year's chairman was reported earlier to have been deadlocked, between General Gowon, and President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. President Nyerere withdrew from the lists. In a speech to the session after his election, General Gowon accepted the chairmanship with Gratitude -- and a promise to work to preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of every African state. He also paid tribute to his predecessor in office, King Hassan II of Morocco, whom he described as an outstanding African statesman.