• Short Summary

    IT WAS A DAY OF NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN NIGERIA YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), AS MOSLEMS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY JOINED IN CELEBRATION OF THEIR RELIGIOUS LEADER'S BIRTHDAY.

  • Description

    IT WAS A DAY OF NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN NIGERIA YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), AS MOSLEMS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY JOINED IN CELEBRATION OF THEIR RELIGIOUS LEADER'S BIRTHDAY. IN LAGOS, AS ELSEWHERE, PARENTS AND CHILDREN ENJOYED THE ANNIVERSARY FESTIVITIES, 1,386 YEARS AFTER MOHAMMED'S BIRTH.

    IN A MESSAGE TO NIGERIA'S MOSLEMS ON TUESDAY, THE MILITARY RULER, MAJOR GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, REMINDED THEM THAT IN THIS TIME OF NATIONAL CRISIS, THE ANNIVERSARY OF MOHAMMED'S BIRTH WAS AN OCCASION OF GREATER SIGNIFICANCE TO ALL NIGERIANS, MOSLEMS AND NON-MOSLEMS ALIKE.

    HE ADDED THAT THIS WAS AN OCCASION WHEN "ALL OF US MUST PRAY FOR GOD'S UNFAILING INFLUENCE TO GUIDE ARIGHT ALL THOSE WHO DIRECT AND CONDUCT THE AFFAIRS OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY". HE PRAYED THAT A FINAL CHANGE OF HEART MIGHT BRING BACK PEACE AND NATIONAL UNITY TO NIGERIA. (HIS REFERENCE WAS, OF COURSE, TO THE BIAFRA REPUBLIC, THE NAME ASSUMED BY THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION).

    BIRTHDAY TRIBUTES TOOK MANY FORMS -- LECTURES, FILM SHOWS OF THE HOLY CITIES OF MECCA AND MEDINA, IMPROMPTU SPEECHES ON VARIOUS ISLAMIC SUBJECTS BY KORANIC SCHOLARS, AND A COLOURFUL PROCESSION AROUND THE STREETS OF LAGOS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1SJMX5GSCH8KZ3OCVFMXZ0ILJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1SJMX5GSCH8KZ3OCVFMXZ0ILJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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