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    FORMER NIGERIAN PRESIDENT DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPEALED TO FELLOW-IBOS TO ABANDON THE "TYRANNOUS"?

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    PRO-NIGERIAN DEMONSTRATORS; ANTI-AZIKIWE DEMONSTRATORS; AZIKIWE SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: AZIKIWE: "ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1969, I ALIGHTED AT THE LAGOS AIRPORT AT 2 P.M. AND I SPEND THE NEXT 21 DAYS IN VISITING THE CAPITALS THE 12 STATES OF NIGERIA, INCLUDING FOUR UNIVERSITY TOWNS AND CERTAIN PARTS OF THE LIBERATED AREAS OF FORMER EASTERN NIGERIA. MY VISIT HAS MADE IT CLEAR TO ME THAT ALL OF US HAVE NOW REALISED THE MISTAKES WE MADE IN THE PAST BY FIGHTING ONE ANOTHER. THERE IS A GENERAL FEELING, WHICH IS WIDESPREAD, THAT ALL ARE NOW DETERMINED TO TURN A NEW LEAF AND HELP REPAIR THE DAMAGE WE HAVE INFLICTED ON OURSELVES. NOT ONLY THAT, THERE IS NOW A DEEP-SEATED DESIRE TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL HOLD THE FEDERATION INTACT SO THAT, IN THE FUTURE, NO COMPONENT OF IT SHALL BE IN POSITION TO CHALLENGE THE FATHERLAND TO A MORTAL COMBAT.



    "THE WORLD HAS BEEN SHOCKED THAT AN ENTERPRISING PEOPLE, LIKE THE IBO, HAVE BEEN TONGUE-TIED AND EMASCULATED, THAT THEY HAVE ALLOWED TYRANTS TO BLINDFOLD AND HOODWINK THEM SO THAT, IN A WAR ALLEGED TO BE FOUGHT FOR THEIR SURVIVAL, MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION CHILDREN OF THEIR COUNTRY HAD DIED OF STARVATION AND DISEASE. IT SICKENS ME TO SEE THE ADVERTISEMENT OF SKELETAL BIAFRAN BABIES OF THE PAGES OF NEWSPAPERS AND ON THE TV SCREENS, BEGGING FOR CHARITY AND RELIEF. IT HURTS MY PRIDE AS A HUMAN BEING.



    "THIS IS THE CHALLENGE THAT HIS PEOPLE OFFER TO GENERAL OJUKWU. I WISH HE WOULD HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS AND INSCRIBE HIS NAME IN CONTEMPORARY WORLD HISTORY AS A BRAVE SOLDIER AND BELOVED LEADER, INSTEAD OF DISFIGURING THE PAGES OF NIGERIAN HISTORY AS ANOTHER POLITICAL IMPOSTOR AND PETTY TYRANT".




    Initials AH/V/BOB/MH



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FORMER NIGERIAN PRESIDENT DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPEALED TO FELLOW-IBOS TO ABANDON THE "TYRANNOUS" BIAFRAN REGIME AND TO CEASE FIGHTING AGAINST THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT. DR. AZIKIWE WAS SPEAKING AT A LONDON PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER HIS RECENT 21-DAY FACT-FINDING TOUR OF FEDERAL NIGERIAN STATES. AS HE SPOKE, TWO SMALL GROUPS OF OPPOSING NIGERIAN AND BIAFRAN STUDENTS GATHERED OUTSIDE LONDON'S NIGERIA HOUSE TO DEMONSTRATE QUIETLY AND DISTRIBUTE LEAFLETS.

    DR. AZIKIWE CLAIMED THAT THE IBOS HAD BEEN DELIBERATELY MISLED BY FALSE PROPAGANDA, ALLOWING "TYRANTS" TO DECEIVE THEM INTO BELIEVING THAT THEY WERE FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL.

    FROM HIS FACT-FINDING TOUR, WHICH INCLUDED VISITS TO "LIBERATED" AREAS ON NIGERIA, DR. AZIKIWE SAID HE HAD FOUND A DOMINANT DESIRE FOR PEACE, IN WHICH THERE WOULD BE NEITHER VICTOR NOR VANQUISHED:

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    Film ID:
    VLVABV2016BBYFWMCIUXQZCQYC51H
    Media URN:
    VLVABV2016BBYFWMCIUXQZCQYC51H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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