• Short Summary

    THE GOVERNOR OF BIAFRA, COLONEL OJUKWU, CALLED A CONFERENCE FOR MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN PRESS AT THE WEEKEND, TO EXPLAIN HIS STAND ON THE RECENTLY PROCLAIMED INDEPENDENT STATE IN THE EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA.

  • Description


    BUILDING IN ENUGU; PRESS CONFERENCE; WITH OJUKWU SPEAKING.



    COLONEL OJUKWU TOLD THE CONFERENCE: "IF WE HAVE TO GO ON LIKE THIS FOR A LONG TIME, OUR ECONOMY MAY WELL SUFFER SOMETHING, BUT I DON'T THINK IT WILL DESTROY OUR ECONOMY, BECAUSE WE CAN STILL GET OUTLETS. THE ONLY WAY GOWON CAN SUCCEED IS IF THE ENTIRE WORLD DECIDES THAT THE DICTATORIAL REGIME OF GOWON SHOULD BE MAINTAINED -- THAT IS, THAT GOWON SHOULD BE HELPED TO IMPOSE HIMSELF ON THE 56 MILLION PEOPLE OF THE TWO COUNTRIES OF NIGERIA AND BIAFRA. IF THAT IS THEIR WISH, THEN PERHAPS BY WITHDRAWING THEIR SHIPPING, WITHDRAWING RECOGNITION, BY PERHAPS PHYSICAL HELP, GOWON WOULD SUCCEED. WITHOUT THIS HELP I DON'T THINK HE WOULD, HAS A CHANCE OF WINNING. LEFT ALONE, GOWON WOULD NOT BE IN A POSITION TO EVEN CONTROL HIS BODYGUARDS. NOW I SAY THIS SERIOUSLY, BECAUSE SINCE JULY MY POOR FRIEND HAS HAD TO PAY FIVE GUINEAS A NIGHT -- FIVE POUNDS A NIGHT, RATHER -- TO HIS GUARDS, AS A WAY OF MAINTAINING THEIR LOYALTY.



    IF THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD WERE TO WASH THEIR HANDS CLEAN OF THIS MAN, I THINK HE WOULD COLLAPSE HIMSELF WITHIN, CERTAINLY WITHIN TWO WEEKS.



    "HOW HEAVY I DON'T KNOW, IT IS HEAVY AND I'M GLAD, AND I THANK GOD THAT I'M CARRYING IT AND I HAVEN'T BUCKLED DOWN UNDER THE WEIGHT. NOW I THINK THAT AS LONG AS WE'RE ACHIEVING SOMETHING IN BIAFRA, I WOULD NOT FEEL THE WEIGHT. I WOULD START FEELING IT WHEN IT STARTS TO FAIL.."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE GOVERNOR OF BIAFRA, COLONEL OJUKWU, CALLED A CONFERENCE FOR MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN PRESS AT THE WEEKEND, TO EXPLAIN HIS STAND ON THE RECENTLY PROCLAIMED INDEPENDENT STATE IN THE EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA.

    COLONEL OJUKWU DEFENDED BIAFRA'S RIGHT OF EXISTENCE, AND SPOKE OF THE NEW NATION'S FUTURE. BIAFRA'S SECESSION HAS BEEN DECLARED TREASONABLE BY GENERAL GOWON, HEAD OF THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACB81N80V2J40717L2KUPWD4L3
    Media URN:
    VLVACB81N80V2J40717L2KUPWD4L3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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