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    CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, VICE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA'S RULING FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ADVOCATING A NEW, SOCIALIST APPROACH TO NIGERIAN PROBLEMS.

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    LAGOS STREET; CHIEF AWOLOWO AUTOGRAPHING BOOKS; PRESS CONFERENCE; AWOLOWO SPEAKING. (SOF)



    TRANSCRIPT: AWOLOWO: " 'THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC HAS BEEN WRITTEN MAINLY FOR NIGERIANS. BUT I MUST WARN THAT I HAVE WRITTEN ONLY FOR THOSE NIGERIANS WHO ARE PREPARED TO LEARN, TO STUDY, TO MAKE PAINSTAKING RESEARCH, TO ABJURE PREJUDICES. AND TO THINK SYSTEMATICALLY AND CONSTRUCTIVELY. UP TO NOW,, IT IS THE HABIT WITH MANY OF US TO APPROACH THE TITANIC, INTRICATE, AND PRESSING PROBLEMS OF OUR COUNTRY WITH BLAME-WORTHY CASUALNESS INSUFFICIENT STUDY AND RESEARCH, LOOSE AND DESULTORY THINKING, SUPERCILIOUS COMPLACENCY, DEEP-SEATED PREJUDICES, ADN INSENSATE PARTISANSHIP. IN THE 'PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC', I HAVE DELIBERATELY VENTURED, WITH AS MUCH OBJECTIVITY AS I BELIEVE ANY HUMAN BEING CAN CLAIM TO DISPLAY IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES, TO INVITE ALL OUR LEADERS IN PARTICULAR, AND THE ENTIRE BODY OF EDUCATED NIGERIANS IN GENERAL, TO A MORE SERIOUS, MORE OBJECTIVE, MORE THOUGHTFUL, MORE CONSTRUCTIVE, AND MORE ALTRUISTIC APPROACH TO OUR ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS. I HAVE DONE THIS BECAUSE I AM CONVINCED AND SATISFIED THAT ONLY THIS KIND OF SCIENTIFIC ADN THOROUGHLY DISCIPLINED APPROACH CAN HELP US TO EVOLVE, RAPIDLY, CORRECT AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO OUR PROBLEMS, AND SO FOREVER PRESERVE THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AS A UNITED AND HARMONIOUS ENTITY, BRING PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS TO ITS TEEMING DIVERSE PEOPLE, AND ENABLE IT TO PLAY AN EFFECTIVE ROLE, FOR GOOD, IN THE AFFAIRS OF AFRICA ADN OF THE WORLD AT LARGE."




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    Background: CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, VICE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA'S RULING FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ADVOCATING A NEW, SOCIALIST APPROACH TO NIGERIAN PROBLEMS. IN A SPEECH TO LAUNCH THE BOOK, "THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC" AT THE MAINLAND HOTEL IN LAGOS THE CHIEF SAID THAT IT WAS AIMED AT RESCUING NIGERIANS FORM 60 YEARS OF ECONOMIC MORASS AND SOCIAL FRUSTRATION.

    59-YEAR-OLD CHIEF AWOLOWO, A LAWYER AND JOURNALIST AND FORMER PRESCIENT OF WESTER NIGERIA HAS WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY ON NIGERIAN CONSTITUTIONAL PROBLEMS.

    CHIEF AWOLOWO SAID......

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9809VYB84S0YMD279NTYTOSFI
    Media URN:
    VLVA9809VYB84S0YMD279NTYTOSFI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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