• Short Summary

    THERE'S COMPARATIVE CALM IN NIGERIA TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FOLLOWING THE TRIBAL VIOLENCE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH.

  • Description

    THERE'S COMPARATIVE CALM IN NIGERIA TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FOLLOWING THE TRIBAL VIOLENCE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH. BUT THE CAPITAL IS IN TURMOIL AS PEOPLE CONTINUE TO LEAVE FOR THEIR TRIBAL HOMELANDS. LAGOS BUS STATION IS A SCENE OF CONSTANT ACTIVITY AS IBOS AND THEIR FAMILIES CATCH BUSES LEAVING FOR THE EASTERN REGION.

    THE MARKET IN LAGOS PRESENTS AN EXTRAORDINARY PICTURE TO ITS REGULAR CUSTOMERS. MANY SHOPS ARE CLOSED, AND MANY OF THOSE THAT ATE OPEN ARE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. IN THE EXODUS FROM LAGOS DOZENS OF SMALL SHOPKEEPERS SOLD-UP AT PRICES WELL BELOW THE MARKET VALUE. OTHERS ARE SELLING OFF THEIR STOCK NOW AT GREATLY REDUCED PRICES.

    THE RETURN OF SO MANY SKILLED IBOS TO THE EASTERN REGION IS CAUSING GRAVE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS. PUBLIC SERVICES AND SOME PRIVATE CONCERNS HAVE BEEN HIT BADLY BY THE LACK OF SKILLED MEN. BECAUSE OF THE EXODUS AND RECENT DISTURBANCES IN THE AREAS, THE NORTHERN REGION IS FACING A MAJOR OIL SHORTAGE. THE SITUATION IS DESCRIBED AS POTENTIALLY SERIOUS BUT NOT DESPERATE. THE CAUSE OF THE SHORTAGE IS THAT FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS NON OIL TRAINS HAVE BEEN ON THE RAILWAY NORTH FROM THE EASTERN OIL CITY OR PORT HARCOURT BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAIN SITUATION ON PARTS OF THE LINE.

    NORTH-BOUND PETROLEUM PRODUCTS ARE NOW BEING SHIPPED BY SEA ALONG THE COAST FROM PORT HARCOURT TO LAGOS AND THEN NORTHWARDS BY RAIL TO KADUNA AND KANO.

    THE SERIOUS INTER-TRIBAL VIOLENCE WAS CONFINED TO THE NORTH BUT THERE WERE SEVERAL INCIDENTS IN THE CAPITAL. IN ONE INCIDENT THE LAGOS CITY COLLEGE, OWNED BY DR. AZIKIWE, FORMER NIGERIAN PRESIDENT AND AN IBO, WAS BURNED DOWN BY A STUDENT WHO CLAIMED THAT TEACHERS HAD DESERTED THE COLLEGE AFTER THE FEES WERE PAID.

    THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO DISCOURAGE THE MASS EVACUATION FROM ONE PART OF THE COUNTRY TO THE OTHER. THE OBA OF LAGOS, HIS HIGHNESS ADEYINKA OYEKAN, WHO IS THE TRADITIONAL LEADER OF THE CITY, HAS STARTED A SIX DAY TOUR, OF LAGOS HOLDING NON-POLITICAL PUBLIC RALLIES WHERE HE HAS TRIED TO ALLAY TRIBAL FEARS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4970CM7FEAQDL8RVZ0LUMEYWO
    Media URN:
    VLVA4970CM7FEAQDL8RVZ0LUMEYWO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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