At a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (3 October) the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Dr.
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"The well-organised brutalities practised on the indigenous population of Namibia, in the hope of destroying their fight for freedom, can only be matched by the Nazi horrors of the first half of this century. For how long will the United Nations watch this horror helpless? For how long will the organization shy from the firm measures which are necessary to assort United Nations authority over Namibia? I will not believe that anyone here is still in doubt as to the unwillingness of the Vorster regime to withdraw gracefully from Namibia. Unless, therefore, this organization is prepared to acquiesce to the illegal seizure of Namibia by South Africa, prompt and decisive action should be taken now, to end South Africa's continuing defiance of the authority of the United Nations over Namibia. As in Namibia, so in Zimbabwe, time is running out for the minority white oligarchies. One must pray that the white minorities in both territories will choose the alternative of co-operation in a multi-racial society before the deluge."
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Background: At a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (3 October) the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Dr. Okoi Arikpo, condemned the continuing South African occupation of Namibia (South West Africa).
He spoke about this after congratulating the new Portuguese Government for decolonising its African territories. He said; "The well-organised brutalities practised on the indigenous population of Namibia in the hope of destroying their fight for freedom can only be matched by the Nazi horrors of the first half of this century."
Time was also running out for the "minority white oligarchies" in Zimbabwe, he added, referring to the breakaway British colony of Rhodesia by its African name.