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    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY) NIGERIA'S EX-PRESIDENT DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE ANNOUNCED HIS?

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    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY) NIGERIA'S EX-PRESIDENT DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE ANNOUNCED HIS IMPENDING RETURN TO NIGERIA IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND ADDED THAT HE WAS CERTAIN THAT THE TIME WAS NOW RIGHT FOR A PEACE SETTLEMENT BETWEEN FEDERAL NIGERIA AND BREAKAWAY BIAFRA.

    DR. AZIKIWE, WHO WAS FEDERAL NIGERIA'S FIRST PRESIDENT, LATER BECAME A SUPPORTER OF BIAFRA'S GENERAL OJUKWU. TODAY HE ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD ACTUALLY BEEN UNDER HOUSE ARREST IN BIAFRA FROM FEBRUARY TO AUGUST LAST YEAR, WHEN HE WAS BELIEVED TO BE FORMING PART GENERAL OJUKWU'S "BRAINS TRUST". DURING HIS DETENTION, SAID DR. "ZIK", HE HAD BEGUN TO HAVE GRAVE DOUBTS ABOUT THE MERITS OF THE BIAFRAN SITUATION.

    AN INFLUENTIAL MEMBER OF THE IBO TRIBE, DR. AZIKIWE ADMITTED THAT HE HAD INITIALLY BELIEVED THAT HIS PEOPLE WERE IN DANGER -- AND THIS WAS WHY HE HAD JOINED THE BIAFRANS. NOW, AT THE SUGGESTION THAT THE BIAFRANS MIGHT CONSIDER HIM A TRAITOR, HE REPLIED: "IF MUD IS TO BE PLASTERED AROUND, THERE ARE A LOT OF SKELETONS IN THE OLD CUPBOARD."
    IN HIS STATEMENT IN LONDON TODAY -- WHICH HAD BEEN BROADCASTING EARLIER TO LAGOS--DR. AZIKIWE SAID:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAYF2GSB9FQK1OTW65S9AME0QR
    Media URN:
    VLVAAYF2GSB9FQK1OTW65S9AME0QR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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