• Short Summary

    IN BENIN CITY, NIGERIA'S MILITARY LEADERS MET AGAIN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY), FOR THE SECOND DAY RUNNING, BUT AGAIN WITHOUT THE EASTERN FEDERAL GOVERNOR, WHOSE OPPOSITION IS THREATENING THE FEDERATION WITH DISINTEGRATION.

  • Description

    IN BENIN CITY, NIGERIA'S MILITARY LEADERS MET AGAIN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY), FOR THE SECOND DAY RUNNING, BUT AGAIN WITHOUT THE EASTERN FEDERAL GOVERNOR, WHOSE OPPOSITION IS THREATENING THE FEDERATION WITH DISINTEGRATION. THE MEETING WAS CALLED BY THE FEDERAL HEAD OF STATE, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL YAKUBU GOWAN, AN THREATS OF EASTERN SECESSION GREW MORE PERSISTENT.

    WHEN THE MEETING OPENED YESTERDAY, IT WAS HOPED THAT THE EASTERN MILITARY GOVERNOR, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ODEMEGWU OJUKWU, WOULD ATTEND. BUT HE STAYED AWAY.

    THE OTHER LEADERS FLEW HOME LAST NIGHT, AFTER ARRANGING FOR TODAY'S MEETING, AGAIN HOPING THAT COLONEL OJUKWU WE WOULD ARRIVE, BUT AGAIN HE STAYED AWAY. HE HAS ACCUSED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF FAILING TO IMPLEMENT DECISIONS TAKEN AT THE LAST FULL MEETING OF THE SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL, IN ABURI, GHANA, LAST JANUARY. THE AIM OF THE DECISIONS WAS TO MAINTAIN THE FRAMEWORK OF NIGERIAN UNITY.

    COLONEL OJUKWU WARNED THAT IF DECISIONS WERE NOT IMPLEMENTED BY THE END IF THIS MONTH, HE WOULD TAKE UNILATERAL ACTION. HE HAS SAID THAT FORCE WILL BE MET BY FORCE. THE NORTHERN MILITARY GOVERNOR, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL HASSAN KATSINA, SAID EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT THE EAST COULD BE CRUSHED IN A MATTER OF HOURS.

    THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN TRYING TO FIND A FORMULA WHICH WOULD KEEP THE COUNTRY UNITED BY GIVING VARIOUS REGIONS A LARGE MEASURE OF AUTONOMY, AND AT THE SAME TIME MAINTAINING A FEDERAL STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT.

    THE CURRENT MEETING IS THE FIRST OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL IN NIGERIA TO BE HELD OUTSIDE OF THE CAPITAL, LAGOS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD4EYK43NKNEXRZSYDM2HDEJ3C
    Media URN:
    VLVAD4EYK43NKNEXRZSYDM2HDEJ3C
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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