Nigeria's Foreign Minister, Joseph Garba, Wednesday (8 October) defended controversial Ugandan President Idi Amin following an attack an attack on him by United States' U.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: GARBA: "President Amin was speaking both as Chairman of the OAU and President of Uganda, and I think he decided to speak in both capacities. The first part of the speech (indistinct) of the OAU, I cannot say anything about it. I think it was OK. I do not think it is my place, one or the other to comment."
REPORTER: "Without commenting, do you feel the debate that has gone on about it has destroyed in any way the special session of the U.N.?"
GARBA: "The dialogue between two countries cannot directly affect the workings of the organisation. I believe the Ugandan Ambassador has the duty to protect the President of his country if he feels he has been dealt with unfairly in any way. On the other hand, I feel that the United States representative presented the antics...in the way he went about it."
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Background: Nigeria's Foreign Minister, Joseph Garba, Wednesday (8 October) defended controversial Ugandan President Idi Amin following an attack an attack on him by United States' U.N. Ambassador, Daniel Moynihana.
Mr. Moynihana agreed with a description of President Amin as a racist murderer after the Ugandan leader's speech to the U.N.'s General Assembly last week.
President Amin called for the extinction of Israel as a state and the expulsion of South Africa from the U.N.
Uganda reacted bitterly to Mr. Moynihana's statements and said he had offended Africa and the entire third world, as President Amin was also the Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity.
Mr. Garba said he did not agree with the way the U.S. Ambassador went about criticising President Amin, but added that he did not feel the clash between the two countries was affecting the workings of the General Assembly.