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.
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.