• Short Summary

    Nineteen military governors were formally appointed by the new Head of State, Major-General Mohammed Buhari, and other members of the country's Supreme Military Council (SMC) in Lagos on January 4 to run Nigeria's federal states.General Buhari attended the official swearing-in ceremony, which came four after he led a bloodless coup ousting former President Shehu Shagari.Speaking at the ceremony, Buhari reminded his new governors of their duties.All were chosen, he said, for their ability to discharge their responsibilities in the best interests of the country.He went on to warn them that crime and corruption for personal gain, one reason for the coup, would be ruthlessly punished.General Buhari added the corruption and hoarding in the private sector would not be tolerated.He ended his speech by telling the assembled governors they were answerable to the country's military chiefs of staff and subject to redeployment at any time.All former state governors have been given a week to report to police.General Buhari has pledged to revive the country's economy and also to end the armed robberies in major cities that have become commonplace in the last few years.The fate of former top officials in the Shagari administration is still to be decided by the new military government, and Shagari himself is being held in custody.

  • Description

    SV INTERIOR New Nigerian Head of State General Mohammed Buhari (wearing beret and glasses) enters room and sits.

    SV PAN Some of new State governors seated. (2 SHOTS)

    CU General Buhari speaking, explaining responsibilities to the newly-elected military governors assembled before him. (SOT) (SOT over shot of new governors wearing Air Force uniforms). (2 SHOTS)

    CU Buhari continuing statement warning about corruption and crime. (SOT)

    SV One new military governor taking oath of allegiance. (SOT)

    TRANSCRIPT: BUHARI: (SEQ 3-4) "Gentlemen, as has already announced, the Supreme Military Council met yesterday, and after an exhaustive deliberation approved the appointment of military governors for the 19 states of the federation. Your choice for this assignment is based mainly on your personal merit and confidence which the members of the Supreme Military Council have in your ability to discharge the responsibilities of the military governor, in the best interests of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and without fear or favor, affection or ill-will, in accordance with the oath you have just taken. Sloth, undiscipline, corruption, (indistinct), misuse and abuse of public office, for self or group aggrandisement, which has assumed debilitating proportions in the last few years, will be dealt with ruthlessly, no matter whoever may be involved. The private sector has also its share of crimes against the Nigerian economy, especially in the area of the distribution of basic commodities. Reports reaching us confirm large-scale hoarding of commodities. I have already warned that hoarding will not be tolerated. Gentlemen, I'm not going to doubt that your assignment as military governors is a (indistinct) posting. You are, therefore, subject to redeployment at any time as our grievances accordingly dictate. All military governors are answerable to the chiefs of staff at Supreme headquarters."

    ONE OF NEW GOVERNORS: (SEQ 5) "I, (name indistinct), do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear tru allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. That, as a member of the Supreme Military Council of the Federal Republic for Nigeria, I will discharge my duties to the best of my ability, faithfully, and in accordance with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."

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    Background: Nineteen military governors were formally appointed by the new Head of State, Major-General Mohammed Buhari, and other members of the country's Supreme Military Council (SMC) in Lagos on January 4 to run Nigeria's federal states.General Buhari attended the official swearing-in ceremony, which came four after he led a bloodless coup ousting former President Shehu Shagari.Speaking at the ceremony, Buhari reminded his new governors of their duties.All were chosen, he said, for their ability to discharge their responsibilities in the best interests of the country.He went on to warn them that crime and corruption for personal gain, one reason for the coup, would be ruthlessly punished.General Buhari added the corruption and hoarding in the private sector would not be tolerated.He ended his speech by telling the assembled governors they were answerable to the country's military chiefs of staff and subject to redeployment at any time.All former state governors have been given a week to report to police.General Buhari has pledged to revive the country's economy and also to end the armed robberies in major cities that have become commonplace in the last few years.The fate of former top officials in the Shagari administration is still to be decided by the new military government, and Shagari himself is being held in custody.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6J2YUT88DMF96XQLCSPH401SL
    Media URN:
    VLVA6J2YUT88DMF96XQLCSPH401SL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/01/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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