VISNEWS was outside the House of Representatives, Lagos, Nigeria, Feb 5 to film Sir James Robertson, Governor-General of the Federation of Nigeria unveiling a statue of the Queen.- shortly before the opening of the fifth session of the House.
LV Crowded forecourt of the House of Representatives, Lagos
AV. Hoisting of the Union Jack.
LV Guard of honour.
SV Native crowds.
SV Prime Minister speaking.
SV The Governor General unveils a statue.
SV Governor General saluting.
SLV Guard of honour saluting.
SCU The sculptor (with glasses) standing with the prime Minister.
SV Ditto..pan up to statue.
LV Statue viewed from the rear.
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Background: VISNEWS was outside the House of Representatives, Lagos, Nigeria, Feb 5 to film Sir James Robertson, Governor-General of the Federation of Nigeria unveiling a statue of the Queen.- shortly before the opening of the fifth session of the House.
The Governor-General was accompanied by the Prime Minister of Nigeria, Mr. Alhaji Abubaka Balawa. The statue is the work of Nigerian sculptor, Mr. Ben Enwonwu, who also attended the ceremony.
A message from Nigeria had been sent to the Queen by the Governor General and the Queen's reply was read at the ceremony.
In thanking the people of the Federation for their loyal greetings the Queen said:
"I am such interested to hear of the unveiling of my statue outside the House of Representatives. I too shall long recall the memorable occasion of my visit to the House three years ago. I send my good wishes to all members of the House as it enters upon another Session and take this opportunity of expressing my confidence that the tradition of Parliamentary democracy which has been so quickly absorbed and developed by Nigerians, will be maintained when Nigeria becomes an independent member of the Commonwealth".