• Short Summary

    ABOUT 2000 STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, NIGERIA DEMONSTRATED ON TUESDAY (16 APRIL) AGAINST THE RECOGNITION OF BIAFRA, THE BREAKAWAY STATE OF EASTERN NIGERIA, BY TANZANIA.

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    ABOUT 2000 STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, NIGERIA DEMONSTRATED ON TUESDAY (16 APRIL) AGAINST THE RECOGNITION OF BIAFRA, THE BREAKAWAY STATE OF EASTERN NIGERIA, BY TANZANIA. TANZANIA DUBBED BIAFRA AN 'INDEPENDENCE SOVEREIGN ENTITY' IN AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON 13 APRIL -- THE FIRST NATION TO RECOGNISE THE REGIME.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS TOOK THE USUAL FORM -- AN ANGRY PARADE WITH BANNERS AND PLACARDS, SOME FORCEFUL EXPRESSION OF VIEWS, AND THE HANDING OVER OF A MEMORANDUM OF PROTEST TO THE MILITARY GOVERNOR OF THE STATE, BRIGADIER ADEYINKA ADEBAYO.

    THESE PROTESTS MIRROR A FORMAL INDIGNATION ON THE PART OF NIGERIA AT TANZANIA'S ACT OF RECOGNITION. A COMMUNICATION REACHED THE TANZANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY IN DAR ES SALAAM ON THE SAME DAY (TUESDAY) WHICH SAID THAT NIGERIA 'VIEWS WITH GRAVE CONCERN AND PROTESTS VERY STRONGLY AT THE INTERFERENCE OF YOUR GOVERNMENT IN THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF MY COUNTRY AND THE ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE SOVEREIGNTY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF THE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA.'
    TANZANIA'S MOTIVES LIE IN A STATED CONVICTION THAT THE PURPOSE OF SOCIETY IS SERVICE TO MAN. IT FELT OBLIGED, IT SAID, TO RECOGNISE THIS SETBACK FOR AFRICAN UNITY, AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AFTER TEN MONTHS OF FIGHTING, BIAFRA HAD PROVED ITSELF READY TO STRUGGLE ALONE. A LEADER IN TEH TANZANIAN PARTY NEWSPAPER 'THE NATIONALIST' TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED OTHER NATIONS TO APPRAISE THE RECOGNITION OF HONESTY, AVOIDING 'BLIND HYSTERIA ABOUT THE EVIL OF SECESSION'. ONLY IF A GOVERNMENT IS BASED UPON THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED, SAYS THE PAPER, WILL THAT GOVERNMENT ENJOY THE LOYALTY OF THE GOVERNED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5SX5HJ64WXS5NPQTOPWLLH24O
    Media URN:
    VLVA5SX5HJ64WXS5NPQTOPWLLH24O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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