• Short Summary

    NIGERIANS IN LONDON TODAY ( SUNDAY ) ATTENDED A SERVICE CALLING FOR PEACE IN NIGERIA, DISRUPTED SINCE LAST JULY BY THE BREAK-AWAY OF THE FORMER EASTERN REGION UNDER THE TITLE OF BIAFRA.

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    NIGERIANS IN LONDON TODAY ( SUNDAY ) ATTENDED A SERVICE CALLING FOR PEACE IN NIGERIA, DISRUPTED SINCE LAST JULY BY THE BREAK-AWAY OF THE FORMER EASTERN REGION UNDER THE TITLE OF BIAFRA.

    THE SERVICE WAS ORGANISED BY MR. OLUFEMI OSHILE, A SENIOR OFFICIAL OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIALIST PARTY IN LONDON. HE WAS ENCOURAGED IN EXPRESSING HIS DESIRE TO BRING AN END TO THE SEVEN AND A HALF MONTH OLD CIVIL WAR BY THE MINISTER OF QUEX ROAD METHODIST CHURCH, THE REVEREND KENNETH V. PRICE. ALTHOUGH HELD IN A METHODIST CHURCH, THE SERVICE WAS OPEN TO ALL DENOMINATIONS.

    IN NIGERIA ITSELF, THERE ARE FEW SIGNS OF REACHING ANY IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT. ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 15) LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJULWU, LEADER OF THE BREAKAWAY STATE OF BIAFRA, SAID IN A RADIO BROADCAST THAT HE WELCOMED ANY PEACE INITIATIVE WHICH WOULD LEAD TO AN HONOURABLE SETTLEMENT OF THE WAR WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA. BUT THE CRUX OF HIS FIVE - MINUTE SPEECH WAS THAT BIAFRA SOUGHT PEACE 'WITH NIGERIA, AND NOT IN NIGERIA'. GENERAL GOWON HAS MADE IT A CONDITION OF NEGOTIATION THAT BIAFRA SHOULD RENOUNCE LAST YEAR'S SECESSION, AND SHOULD ACCEPT NIGERIA'S 12 NEW STATES.

    THERE ARE REPORTS THAT MOVES TOWARDS PEACE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY-GENERAL, MR. ARNOLD SMITH. HE HELD TALKS IN LAGOS LAST WEEKEND (10 FEBRUARY) WITH THE FEDERAL RULER, MAJOR GENERAL YABUKU GOWON.

    MEANWHILE, IN LONDON, SOME 100 EXPATRIATED NIGERIANS HAD HOPES THAT THEIR OWN EXPRESSION OF ANXIETY FOR THE STATE OF THEIR COUNTRY MIGHT SPEED THE SOLUTION TO THIS CIVIL DISPUTE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA0P332S6VRWEIWRM4F6ZZ3PLB
    Media URN:
    VLVAA0P332S6VRWEIWRM4F6ZZ3PLB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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