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    The Prime Minister of Guyana, Mr. Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, arrived in Nigeria on September?

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    The Prime Minister of Guyana, Mr. Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, arrived in Nigeria on September II on a five-day official visit during which he met Nigeria's head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, for talks on bilateral relations.

    Mr. Forbes Burnham first went to Laos from Algeria, where he'd been attending the non-aligned summit. During his visit, he also went to Kano, in the North, and Benin, in the Mid-West.

    In Kano, he was met by the Military Governor of Kano State, Mr. Alhaji Audu Bake. During his tour of Kano, Mr. Forbes Burnham stressed the need for increased economic and social contact between Nigeria and Guyana.

    His visit ended with a State Dinner in Lagos, after which a joint communique was issued by the two countries pledging continued support for liberation struggles in Africa and calling upon freedom fighters to unite against the forces of oppression.

    The communique also reaffirmed their determination to strengthen the ties between their countries, endorsed the principles of non-alignment and recognised the need to strengthen cooperation between Commonwealth Countries.

    Mr. Forbes Burnham flew to Conakry, Guinea, on Saturday (15 September)
    SYNOPSIS: Guyana's Prime Minister, Mr. Forbes Burnham, and his wife are greeted by the Military Governor of Kano, Mr. Alhaji Audu Bako, when they arrive in Kano State during a five-day official visit to Nigeria. Mr. Forges Burnham arrived there from the non-aligned summit in Algiers.

    During his visit, Mr. Forges Burnham stressed the factors his country and Nigeria had in common and called for increased economic and social contacts between the two countries. Both countries are former British Colonies but it was Nigeria's pre-colonial traditions that were shown to the visitors in this display.

    Following independence, Nigeria and Guyana progressed to become Republics after independence, a fact stressed by host, Mr. Bako, in his speech of welcome to the visitors. While in Nigeria, Mr. Burnham had talks with the Head of State, General Yakabu Gowon, about bilateral relations and support for liberation struggles in Africa. But the welcome at Kano, even if of less importance, will probably remain as strong in the mind of Mr. Burnham.

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