• Short Summary

    THE NIGERIAN HEAD OF STATE, MAJOR-GENERAL GOWON, HAD A MEETING IN LAGOS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH DR.

  • Description

    THE NIGERIAN HEAD OF STATE, MAJOR-GENERAL GOWON, HAD A MEETING IN LAGOS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH DR. AUGUST LINDT, HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS COMMITTEE OF ACTION IN NIGERIA. THEY MET AT GENERAL GOWON'S RESIDENCE.

    GENERAL GOWON SAID THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT TOLERATE POLITICAL INTERFERENCE BY RELIEF ORGANISATIONS IN THE GUISE OF HUMANITARIANISM. HE TOLD DR. LINDT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO COOPERATE WITH ALL SINCERE VOLUNTARY RELIEF BODIES. BUT, HE ADDED, SOME INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS OFFICIALS HANDLING THE DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS IN WAR-STRICKEN AREAS "SHOULD BE SINCERE ENOUGH TO LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT IT IS MISCHIEVOUS PROPAGANDA THAT FOOD BEING SENT TO AFFECTED AREAS IS POISONED."
    GENERAL GOWON STATED THAT RED CROSS OFFICIALS SHOULD HAVE THE COURAGE TO EXPOSE SUCH LIES. DR. LINDT SAID THAT THE RED CROSS WAS NEUTRAL AND REGRETTED ANY OFFENSE WHICH MIGHT HAVE ARISEN FROM HIS ORGANISATION'S OPERATIONS. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY REPORTS THAT STARVING PEOPLE IN BIAFRA HAVE REFUSED TO TOUCH RED CROSS FOOD BECAUSE THEY FEARED THAT IT HAD BEEN POISONED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3BTKMFJ9DMP5INBMMK2XBBTBF
    Media URN:
    VLVA3BTKMFJ9DMP5INBMMK2XBBTBF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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