• Short Summary

    EASTERN NIGERIA YESTERDAY (MONDAY) APPEARED TO BE TAKING A FIRMER STAND AGAINST THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY RULER, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL YAKUBU GOWON, AND THE MILITARY LEADERS OF THE OTHER REGIONS.

  • Description

    EASTERN NIGERIA YESTERDAY (MONDAY) APPEARED TO BE TAKING A FIRMER STAND AGAINST THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY RULER, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL YAKUBU GOWON, AND THE MILITARY LEADERS OF THE OTHER REGIONS. IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, ARCHBISHOP ANYA OGWU OF THE EASTERN REGION CAUTIONED AGAINST THE USE OF FURTHER VIOLENCE IN SETTLING THE VARIANCE OF THE EASTERN REGION. ON THE SAME DAY, STUDENTS FROM THE EMUSU CAMPUS STAGED A DEMONSTRATION AGAINST COLONEL GOWON AND IN FAVOUR OF THE MILITARY GOVERNOR OF THE EASTERN REGION, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU.

    COLONEL OJUKWU ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE (YESTERDAY) THAT HIS REGION WAS DETERMINED TO GO AHEAD WITH WHAT HE CALLED A "DECENTRALISATION" OF THE COUNTRY BY THE END OF THIS MONTH. BUT HE ADDED THAT IT WOULD BE FAR-FETCHED TO DESCRIBE THIS AS "SECESSION".

    NIGERIA HAS BEEN MOVING TOWARDS DISINTEGRATION SINCE A COUP LAST JULY SWEPT NORTHERN OFFICERS TO POWER AND UNLEASHED A WAVE OF INTER-TRIBAL STRIFE AND BLOODSHED. SINCE THEN, THE EASTERN REGION HAS WITHDRAWN IN ALL BUT FORMAL DECLARATION FROM THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. THE REGION HAS SAID IT DOES NOT RECOGNISE COLONEL GOWON AS FEDERAL HEAD OF STATE AND HAS REPEATEDLY THREATENED A BREAK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

    "DECENTRALISATION", OR GREATER POWER FOR EACH REGION, HAS LONG BEEN THE PRIME DEMAND OF THE EASTERN REGION.

    STUDENTS FROM THE EMUSU CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA STAGED A NOISY DEMONSTRATION AND CARRIED ANTI-GOWON PLACARDS.

    ARCHBISHOP OGWU WAS ASKED ABOUT RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3XPYBVCP6B0DLXBU049ADW568
    Media URN:
    VLVA3XPYBVCP6B0DLXBU049ADW568
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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