The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria, re-constituted with the formation of 12 states in the country, met in Lagos yesterday (Tuesday) for the first time.
Dodan Barracks; members being sworn in; Gowon speaking; security precautions; troops searching cars.
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Background: The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria, re-constituted with the formation of 12 states in the country, met in Lagos yesterday (Tuesday) for the first time. The meeting was held at the Dodan Barracks, official residence of the Head of the Federal Military Government, Major-General Yakubu Gowon.
Membership of the re-constituted council has now been enlarged with the co-option of 12 civilian members -- a move which General Gowon said he would like to have made earlier, but for the concession he had to make to the break-away Military Governor, Lieutenant-Colonel Ojukwu. But, he said, the appointment of the 12 civilian members showed the country was on the way back to full civilian rule.
Among the civilians co-opted to the council are Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and Chief Anthony Enahoro. Others include Mr. J. S. Tarka and Alhaji Amino Kano.
Strong security precautions were in effect during the meeting; road blocks were set up, and vehicles searched by troops.