• Short Summary

    Nigeria celebrated its 15th anniversary of independence this week with a series of low key marches and festivals.

  • Description

    Nigeria celebrated its 15th anniversary of independence this week with a series of low key marches and festivals.

    But the anniversary was marked by a statement by the Nigerian Head of State, Brigadier Murtala Muhammed, announcing that military rule in Nigeria would end, in October 1979.

    The Brigadier, who seized power only two months ago after a bloodless coup that overthrew General Yakubu Gowon, spoke to the country in a radio and television broadcast and told the Nigerian people that the military government would give "power back to the people" by I October 1979.

    He said the present military leaders intended to hand over power to a democratically elected government and that the military had no desire to retain power in Nigeria "a day longer than necessary".

    The Brigadier said that the present ban on political activity would be lifted in October 1978 to allow the formation of political parties before the proposed elections for state and federal legislatures in 1979.

    The Nigerian independence celebrations were ushered in with sirens and a 21-gun salute from the Navy's flag ship, the Nigeria.

    Schoolchildren's parades were held throughout the country but there were no traditional military parades, apparently in accordance with the Brigadier's promise concerning the forthcoming general elections.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2J8VW50X56N7ESVR7JGMWXFRW
    Media URN:
    VLVA2J8VW50X56N7ESVR7JGMWXFRW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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