A five-day conference for action against apartheid opened on Monday (22 August) in Lagos. The?
SV INT President Lieut. Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo walks to rostrum, delegates applaud
SV President Obasanjo speaking (7 shots)
CU President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia speaking
OBASANJO: "It will bo longer help for our so-called friends to adopt pious postures and preach non-violence when our enemies are busy inflicting mental and physical violence on us. We shall no longer watch while the racists of Pretoria devise improvements to their machinery of terror and repression. We should no longer be just outraged, we must act. In the words of my worthy predecessor, we cannot pretend that we are unaware of the machinations and conspiracy against our continent by not just recists of South Africa but even by those who pretend to be the friends of this continent, that (indistinct) interests is in what they can get out of us. The black people of the world are drawing nearer the stage of direct involvement in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. We as a nation will acquit ourselves creditably, when that stage is reached. We wish to salute the courage of our brothers and sisters who are in the front line of the struggle in southern Africa. We wish torecall and pay due human to the hopes of Soweto and others....involved in the June 16, 1976 challenge to apartheid. We are aware of their continuing struggle and sacrifice and the heroic stand of the youths and students of South Africa. We take cognisance of their potential. The undaunted youth of Soweto are the new system of apartheid has designed. In time, this new weapon will be harnessed "with others to destroy apartheid."
PRESIDENT KENNETH KAUNDA: "What is required, committee Chairman, is action, effective action. It is therefore my Submission that this conference should re-affirm its recognition of the legitimacy of armed struggle as an instrument for ending apartheid."
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Background: A five-day conference for action against apartheid opened on Monday (22 August) in Lagos. The conference is being sponsored by the Waldheim, proposed convening a national convention of the genuine representatives of all the people of South Africa, as a way of ending apartheid. President Obasanjo said opponents of apartheid had to ignore pleas for non-violence and act against it.
SYNOPSIS: As a military man, the Nigerian leader advocates direct action.