• Short Summary

    DURING A TWO-DAY STATE VISIT TO NIGERIA, GHANAIAN LEADER BRIGADIER AKWASI AFRIFA DISCUSSED INTERNATIONAL ISSUES AND THE STRENGTHENING OF LINKS BETWEEN NIGERIA AND GHANA WITH NIGERIAN MILITARY LEADER MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON.

  • Description

    DURING A TWO-DAY STATE VISIT TO NIGERIA, GHANAIAN LEADER BRIGADIER AKWASI AFRIFA DISCUSSED INTERNATIONAL ISSUES AND THE STRENGTHENING OF LINKS BETWEEN NIGERIA AND GHANA WITH NIGERIAN MILITARY LEADER MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON. HE WOULD NOT, HOWEVER, ON HIS DEPARTURE TODAY CONFIRM OR DENY THAT HE HAD DISCUSSED PEACE MOVES TO END NIGERIA'S CONFLICT WITH THE BREAKAWAY REGION OF BIAFRA.

    WHEN HE FLEW INTO LAGOS AIRPORT AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS VISIT, BRIGADIER AFRIFA WAS GIVEN A CEREMONIAL WELCOME. HE EXCHANGED PUBLIC GREETINGS WITH MAJOR-GENERAL GOWON, WHO HAD COME TO THE AIRPORT TO MEET HIM. MAJOR-GENERAL GOWON INTERPRETED HIS VISITOR'S PRESENCE AS SUPPORT FOR HIS GOVERNMENT AND EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE FOR HIS PEACE-MAKING EFFORTS. IN HIS REPLY, BRIGADIER AFRIFA PROMISED TO CONTINUE THESE EFFORTS.

    BRIGADIER AFRIFA--WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS FOREIGN MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT--WAS GIVEN FULL MILITARY HONOURS IN AN AIRPORT CEREMONY WHICH ALSO INCLUDED A COLOURFUL PERFORMANCE BY TRIBAL DANCERS AND DRUMMERS.

    GENERAL GOWON WELCOMED THE BRIGADIER WITH AN APPEAL FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THEIR TWO COUNTRIES. HE ALSO APPEALED TO HIS VISITOR TO GUIDE AFRICAN LEADERS TOWARDS A RE-AFFIRMATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF SOVEREIGNTY AND NON-INTERFERENCE INSCRIBED IN THE CHARTER OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY.

    GENERAL GOWON PREFACED HIS EXPRESSIONS OF SUPPORT FOR THE NEW REGIME IN GHANA WITH A REMINDER THAT BOTH HE AND BRIGADIER AFRIFA WERE CO-GRADUATES OF THE SANDHURST BRITISH MILITARY ACADEMY:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6OXKO4747HQ3IZ0JK4FHW8BTU
    Media URN:
    VLVA6OXKO4747HQ3IZ0JK4FHW8BTU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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