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    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL LEADER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUGU GOWON, ASSURED MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL OBSERVER TEAM AT HIS DODAN BARRACKS RESIDENCE IN LAGOS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAD FULL CONFIDENCE IN THEM.

  • Description

    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL LEADER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUGU GOWON, ASSURED MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL OBSERVER TEAM AT HIS DODAN BARRACKS RESIDENCE IN LAGOS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAD FULL CONFIDENCE IN THEM. GENERAL GOWON, WHO WAS SPEAKING WHILE RECEIVING A FULL REPORT FROM THE TEAM, REFERRED TO RECENT CRITICISMS OF THE CONTINUED PRESENCE OF THE TEAM IN NIGERIA.

    GENERAL GOWON SAID CRITICISMS OF THE TEAM HAD BEEN MADE BY A FEW WHO "DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF YOUR ASSIGNMENT." HE ADDED: "I HOPE YOU WILL FORGET ABOUT THE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT." THE TEAM'S REPORT, COVERING THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR DURING THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 23, CONTAINED THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MEMBERS ON THE TEAM, WHO REPRESENT BRITAIN, CANADA, SWEDEN AND POLAND. THE REPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU) REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE PRESENTED LATER.

    ALL MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL OBSERVER TEAM WERE PRESENT FOR YESTERDAY'S CEREMONY. PRESENTING A COPY OF THE REPORT TO GENERAL GOWON, THE TEAM CHAIRMAN, MAJOR-GENERAL ARTHUR RAAB OF SWEDEN, EXPRESSED APPRECIATION FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES ACCORDED HIS TEAM BY THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT. RECEIVING THE REPORT, GENERAL GOWON REFERRED TO THE PAST REPORTS WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS IMPRESSIVE. THEY WERE ALSO BALANCED REPORTS, HE ADDED.

    GENERAL GOWON REMARKED THAT THE OBSERVER TEAM CRITICISED WHERE IT FELT THIS WAS NECESSARY AD PRAISED THE ARMED FORCES AND THE NATION WHERE NECESSARY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6E5PAEG7HFUZCX3XNX5CVSK9Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA6E5PAEG7HFUZCX3XNX5CVSK9Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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