Nigeria celebrated the 13th anniversary of its independence from Britain on Monday (October 1st) with military parades and a flypast of Russian-built Mig 15's of the Nigerian airforce.
GV People arriving at square in Lagos for independence parade.
SV General Gowon and Chiefs of Staff walk to dais.
SV Band playing slow march.
LV & CU General Gowon reviewing guard of honour from land rover (2 shots)
LV crowd & V.I.Ps watching.
GV Troops march past in slow time.
SCU ZOOM OUT from General Gowon taking salute on dais.
SV air force march past.
SV aircraft of Nigerian airforce fly past.
GV Parade marching past in quick time
SV Fireman march past while crowd watch (2 shots)
CU Mrs. Gowon
SV School children parade with caps lifted.
SV VIP's watching.
GV troops fire rifle salute.
GV Troops and smoke from rifles.
SV Troops give Gen. Gowon three cheers
GV Crowd clapping.
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Background: Nigeria celebrated the 13th anniversary of its independence from Britain on Monday (October 1st) with military parades and a flypast of Russian-built Mig 15's of the Nigerian airforce.
In a nationwide broadcast to mark the occasion, the Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon said the army was "faithfully implementing" its nine-point programme which will usher in civilian administration in 1976. The programme, announced in 1970, includes reconstruction after the civil war, a constitutional review, a national census, general elections and the eradication of bribery and corruption.
General Gowon, his Chiefs of Staff and other officials attended a celebration ceremony in Lagos on Monday. Troops, school children and firemen were among those who took part in the march past at Tafawa Balewa Square, in the capital.
SYNOPSIS: Nigeria's 13th anniversary of independence was marked by a military parade in Lagos on Monday. The Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon took the salute.
The former British colony is governed by the military, but is scheduled to return to civilian administration in three years. In a speech to mark the anniversary, General Gowon said Nigeria had passed from tottering economic circumstances to a virile and buoyant economy, and above all, from civil strife to national peace and stability.
Nigeria has one of the biggest armies in Africa.
General Gowon told representatives of the armed services and the police that he hoped it would not be long before every unit was properly accommodated.
The Russian built Mig 15's of the airforce were also on display.
Ex-servicemen, Customs officials and fireman also took part in the parade.
The parade was a display of civic pride in the dramatic developments of the country
General Gowon's wife, Victoria, watched with interest as the school children came by in their various uniforms - scouts, guides, Red Cross and Boys Brigade.
After the smoke from the gun salute has cleared, the forces cheered their Commander in Chief, General Gowon.