• Short Summary

    THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL LEADER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, PAID A ONE-DAY VISIT TO DAHOMEY LAST MONDAY (11 AUGUST) DURING WHICH HE WAS REPORTED TO HAVE DISCUSSED RELIEF FLIGHTS FROM DAHOMEY TO BIAFRA WITH PRESIDENT EMILE ZINSOU.

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    PORTRAIT OF GOWON; ZINSOU ARRIVES AT AIRPORT; PEOPLE WAVE NIGERIAN FLAGS; GOWON DOWN AIRCRAFT STEPS AND GREETED; GOWON WITH ZINSOU; GUARD OF HONOUR; PEOPLE DANCE; GOWON WAVES TO CROWD.




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    Background: THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL LEADER, MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, PAID A ONE-DAY VISIT TO DAHOMEY LAST MONDAY (11 AUGUST) DURING WHICH HE WAS REPORTED TO HAVE DISCUSSED RELIEF FLIGHTS FROM DAHOMEY TO BIAFRA WITH PRESIDENT EMILE ZINSOU.

    DAHOMEY WAS THE SECOND AFRICAN STATE TO BE VISITED BY MAJOR-GENERAL GOWON WITHIN A WEEK. ON THE PREVIOUS THURSDAY HE HAD VISITED ACCRA, GHANA.

    ACCOMPANIED BY REAR-ADMIRAL J.E.A. WEY, HEAD OF THE NIGERIAN NAVY, AND A NUMBER OF SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, MAJOR-GENERAL GOWON WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY PRESIDENT ZINSOU. AFTER INSPECTING A GUARD OF HONOUR AND TAKING THE SALUTE AT A MARCH PAST, THE TWO LEADERS WENT TO THE PALACE OF THE REPUBLIC FOR PRIVATE TALKS.

    ON HIS RETURN TO NIGERIA, MAJOR-GENERAL GOWON TOLD REPORTERS THAT HE HAD DISCUSSED WITH PRESIDENT ZINSOU THE POSSIBILITY OF STOPPING INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS RELIEF FLIGHTS FROM COTONOU TO BIAFRA. BUT HE EMPHASISED THAT NO FIRM AGREEMENT HAD BEEN REACHED ON THE PROPOSED STOPPAGE.

    THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN LEADER SAID PRESIDENT ZINSOU HAD SHOWN A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE NIGERIAN SITUATION AND THAT TRADE, ECONOMIC RELATIONS AND CULTURAL TIES BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES HAD ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED. HE APPEALED TO THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN PRESS TO INFORM THE PEOPLE OF THE IMPROVED RELATIONS BETWEEN DAHOMEY AND NIGERIA.

    RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES BECAME STRAINED WHEN PRESIDENT ZINSOU GAVE PERMISSION TO THE ALL-SWISS INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS TO BUILD AN "AIR BRIDGE" BETWEEN COTONOU AND BIAFRA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA61V60A9G2ZCGCFDC9J1PZYQ4
    Media URN:
    VLVAA61V60A9G2ZCGCFDC9J1PZYQ4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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