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    Nigeria's new military leaders have taken a major stride towards returning the country to civilian rule by formally opening the work of a fifty man committee to draft a new constitution.

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    Nigeria's new military leaders have taken a major stride towards returning the country to civilian rule by formally opening the work of a fifty man committee to draft a new constitution.

    The country's Head of State Brigadier Murtala Muhammed named the panel of former politicians, lawyers, intellectuals, businessmen and journalists who will drew up the constitution after his recent speech promising the country a return to democratic rule in October 1979. He also made the speech at the opening on Saturday (18 October).

    Top Nigerian lawyer Chief Rotimi Williams who has played a part in writing most of Nigeria's earlier constitutions, is chairman of the committee but Chief Obafemi Awolowo an eminent Nigerian politician and lawyer failed to turn up at the meeting. He had earlier refused to serve on the committee saying his appointment was made without prior reference to him.

    The drafting of the new constitution is the first stage of the government's planned four year political programme.

    Brigadier Muhammed has pledged himself to reducing the corruption which he felt existed under former Head of State General Gowon's regime. Many Nigerians were hoping for an earlier date than October 1979 for the return of civilian rule but the commitment to a definite date and the work programme set out for the transition period appear to have reduced the degree of disappointment.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA8LR75F3AUKC7PWGVEOPJI07L
    Media URN:
    VLVAA8LR75F3AUKC7PWGVEOPJI07L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
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    N/A

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