• Short Summary

    Nigeria's new leader, Brigadier Murtala Mohammed has made his maiden speech to the nation and the media -- accusing the previous government of indecision, indiscipline and neglect.

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    Nigeria's new leader, Brigadier Murtala Mohammed has made his maiden speech to the nation and the media -- accusing the previous government of indecision, indiscipline and neglect.

    Brigadier Mohammed said Nigeria had been left to drift by previous Head of State, General Gowon, and warned that if the situation was not remedied, the result would be chaos and bloodshed.

    Referring to the civil war, Brigadier Mohammed said Nigerians had shed much blood, in the endeavour to build a strong, and united country.

    And he said he was certain the idea of further bloodshed, was revolting to all Nigerians. After examining the situation, the Armed Forces reached the conclusion that changes were inevitable.

    General Gowon was deposed in a bloodless coup on 29 July while he was attending the Organisation of African Unity (DAU) conference in Kampala, Uganda.

    According to reports form Lagos, a major reason behind the coup was dissatisfaction in the Armed Forces and the community at large with General Gowon's failure to carry out his pledge to hold elections.

    Another reason given was alleged widespread corruption in the previous government and growing stagnation. One visible example of the situation was the backlog of ships that have clogged Lagos harbour for weeks.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6XD4C6UYG17ZWR7UI11XAPNT
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6XD4C6UYG17ZWR7UI11XAPNT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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