The Nigerian head of state, General Yakubu Gowon arrived home on Tuesday (September 8) from a two-week tour of four African countries.
The Nigerian head of state, General Yakubu Gowon arrived home on Tuesday (September 8) from a two-week tour of four African countries. The Nigerian leader visited Algeria, Sudan, UAR and attended the Organisation of African Unity conference (OAU) in Addis Ababa. On his arrival he spoke with reporters about his tour.
General Gowon arrived in a special Nigerian Airways Boeing 707 from Cairo, where he paid an official visit at the invitation of President Nasser.
He told reporters, that the OAU summit in Addis Ababa was extremely successful for Nigeria in particular and African Unity in general. At the conference reconciliation between Nigeria and the four African countries that recognised the former Biafra regime -- Tanzania, Zambia, Ivory Coast and Gabon -- was reached.
Questioned about the continued presence of former Biafran leader Odumegwu Ojukwu in the Ivory Coast, the Nigerian leader said that when he meets President Houpouet-Boigny the matter would possibly by discussed. (The former Biafran leader has been living in the Ivory Coast town of Yamoussoukro, about 130 miles -- 200 kilometres -- north of Abidjan, since the collapse of the secessionist regime in January).