• Short Summary

    NIGERIA'S NEW FEDERAL ADMINISTRATOR FOR ENUGU, MR. UKAPI ASIKA, ON FRIDAY (10 NOVEMBER) CALLED ON?

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    NIGERIA'S NEW FEDERAL ADMINISTRATOR FOR ENUGU, MR. UKAPI ASIKA, ON FRIDAY (10 NOVEMBER) CALLED ON HIS FELLOW IBO TRIBESMEN TO SURRENDER THEIR ARMS AND FORGET THE PAST.

    MR. ASIKA, WHO SAID HE HOPED TO ESTABLISH HIS ADMINISTRATION IN THE FORMER BIAFRANCAPITAL SHORTLY, TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE OTHER NIGERIANS WERE SORRY FOR THE PLIGHT OF THE IBOS, THE MAIN BACKERS OF BIAFRA, BUT ADDED "IT IS TRUE THE TRAGEDY WAS NOT WHOLLY UNPROVOKED."
    THE 31-YEAR-OLD UNIVERSITY LECTURER FROM ONITSHA, WESTERN GATEWAY TO BIAFRA THE NAME ADOPTED BY NIGERIA'S BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION, APPEALED TO THE IBOS TO "COME FORWARD NOW, AND LET US STOP THE WAR, THIS WANTON DESTRUCTION OF LIVES AND PROPERTY. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH."
    MR. ASIKA IN HIS APPEAL TO THE IBOS SAID: "YOU, THE MANY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ABANDONED YOUR HOMES IN ENUGU, NSUKKA, AND OTHER AREAS OF THE WAR, KNOW THE SUFFERINGS, AND LOSSES YOU HAVE UNDERGONE."
    THE BIAFRAN LEADERS, HE ADDED, PERSISTED IN ASKING THEM TO SACRIFICE YET MORE LIVES AND PROPERTY IN DEFENCE OF AN IDEA CALLED BIAFRA: "THEY FORGET, BUT WE CANNOT FORGET, THAT EVEN IN THE CONFLICT OF IDEAS IT IS THE PEOPLE WHO DIE."
    ASKED IF HE WOULD BE EQUIPPED TO EMBARK ON POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE BIAFRAN LEADERS, MR. ASIKA SAID HE WOULD HAVE "AUTHORITY TO DO ALL THINGS REASONABLE TO RESTORE PEACE".

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    Film ID:
    VLVAWDMJX9YABZV7JBULC1S0P0QC
    Media URN:
    VLVAWDMJX9YABZV7JBULC1S0P0QC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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