• Short Summary

    THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN LEADER, GENERAL GOWON, HAS SAID IN LAGOS THAT VICTORY OVER THE BIAFRANS WAS IN SIGHT.

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    GENERAL GOWON SPEAKING (NATURAL SOUND)



    TRANSCRIPT: GOWON: "IT IS A GREAT DISSERVICE THAT SOME RESPECTABLE PEOPLE IN EUROPE AND ELSEWHERE SEEM TO SEE WISDOM IN THIS OBSTINATE AND UNREALISTIC DEMAND AND TO ENCOURAGE THE REBELS. WHAT IS THE USE OF A TEMPORARY CEASEFIRE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF A SMALL SECTION OF A COUNTRY CONTAINING ONE ETHNIC GROUP OF 7-MILLION WISHING TO BREAKAWAY AFTER A BITTER WAR; NOT EVEN ALONE BUT INSISTING ON DRAGGING WITH THEM, AGAINST THEIR WILL, OTHER ETHNIC GROUPS NUMBERING 5-MILLION AND AT THE SAME TIME LAYING CLAIM TO MORE TERRITORY IN THE MID-WEST STATE AND ELSEWHERE. ARE THESE NOT THE SEEDS OF FUTURE BLOODY WARS IF THE CLAIMS ARE CONCEDED? ONE CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM DO NOT DO SO FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE, OR FOR THE LOVE OF THE IBO MAN. TOGETHER WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CASTLE AND THE ARMED FORCES, WE HAVE THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT WE MUST NOW PRESS ON WITH ALL CUR MIGHT TO DEFEAT THE REBELS MILITARILY AND REMOVE ALL TRACES OF THE TYRANNY AND TERROR THE REBEL REGIME FROM THE FACE OF THIS COUNTRY. BECAUSE OF THE POSITION IN THE FIELD, IT CAN BE SAID WITH CONFIDENCE THAT VICTORY IS IN SIGHT. I THEREFORE URGE ALL THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY TO REMAIN VIGILANT. GOD IS WITH US, GOD WILL SEE US THROUGH. LONG LIVE ONE NIGERIA."




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    Background: THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN LEADER, GENERAL GOWON, HAS SAID IN LAGOS THAT VICTORY OVER THE BIAFRANS WAS IN SIGHT. HE TOLD A REPORTER HE WAS CONFIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN POSITION IN THE FIELD.

    THE NIGERIAN LEADER SAID IT HAD BEEN RESOLVED TO PRESS ON TO DEFEAT THE BIAFRANS MILITARILY, AND HE SAID, "REMOVE ALL TRACES OF THE TYRANNY AND TERROR OF THE REBEL REGIME "FROM THE FACE OF THE COUNTRY".

    GENERAL GOWON URGED NIGERIANS TO REMAIN VIGILANT, AND CRITICISED TALKS OF A CEASEFIRE. THAT IS WHAT HE SAID...

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    Film ID:
    VLVACCW7MQYU6YQOYJNE2WCV8P9E4
    Media URN:
    VLVACCW7MQYU6YQOYJNE2WCV8P9E4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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