In Nairobi on Saturday (8 May), Major General Yakubu Gowon, head of Nigeria's Federal Government, was greeted at the airport by Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta.
SV & CU Gowon and wife out of aircraft greeted by Kenyatta and wife (2 shots)
SV PAN more greetings by officials, the two Presidents walk to saluting base (2 shots)
SV & CU Troops and band passing review stand
SV PAN two leaders walking and waving
CU Gowon meets local officials (2 shots)
CU & SV Drummers and dancers
SV Sign "Welcome H.E. Major General Gowon"
CU INT. Gowon seated beside Kenyatta speaks (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 8): GOWON: "Mr. President, may I express my joy at being back at Nairobi and Kenya again for the second time. When I last came here it was in 1969, after the OAU meeting and from here I could see you at Mombassa and we had a most useful discussion. I am indeed very happy to be back to Nairobi today and to spend this time not only a question of a few hours but at least four days, hoping that by the time I finish I will be attracted to come back and spend not only four days, but probably four months, four years, or even live here altogether. Certainly I know whenever I came here, I always felt very much at home. And, of course, you always looked up to me as a god son and this is why probably I feel that my visit here today certainly is going to re-establish that excellent relationship that exists between a father and a son, between Kenya and Nigeria, and also we hope we will be able to have very useful discussions which will be in the interest of both our countries and in the interest of the Organisation of African Unity and, by and large, in the interests of humanity."
Initials OS/1754 OS/1852
SOUND INCLUDES: GOOD SOUND OF WELCOMING BAND AND GOWN TALKING TO NEWSMEN LATER.
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Background: In Nairobi on Saturday (8 May), Major General Yakubu Gowon, head of Nigeria's Federal Government, was greeted at the airport by Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta. Major General Gowon, who arrived in Nairobi after a state visit to Ethiopia, is in Kenya for a five-day official visit.
The visiting Nigerian Head of State later told newsmen that a summit conference of African leaders would definitely be held soon. He declined to give an exact date or a venue.
SYNOPSIS: At Nairobi airport on Saturday, Major General Yakubu Gowon, accompanied by his wife, arrived to begin his five-day state visit to Kenya. He was met at the airport by President Jomo Kenyatta and other members of the Government and Armed Forces.
The visiting Head of State had arrived from Ethiopia, where he had talks with Emperor Haile Selassi over the question of a summit meeting of African leaders.....tentatively to be held in Addis Ababa next month. At a press conference, Major General Gowon had told newsmen that he recognised Uganda as a state....he added that Uganda had a right to be included in any meetings of the Organisation of African Unity. He also said that the time and place of a summit had not then been formally agreed.
The two leaders take the salute from the receiving stand.
Major General Gowon was accompanied by Doctor Arikpo, Nigeria's Commissioner for External Affairs, and Rear-Admiral Wey, Chief of Naval Staff. Some twenty other officials also accompanied the party. It was the Nigerian Head of State's second visit to Kenya....the other was in 1969. Both leaders claim to have a "father and son" relationship. Kenyan traditional dancers put on a display for the visiting party.
At a press conference, Major General Gowon spoke to newsmen.