Category Archives: Videos

Will the Chibok Schoolgirls Ever Come Home? – #BringBackOurGirls


The President’s spokesman with a combative defence of the government’s response to the kidnap

 

 

 

APC, PDP and Nigeria’s Election Process


 

A lively debate in Washington DC in the USA between members of the APC and PDP about the electoral process in Nigeria ahead of the 2015 federal elections. There were some innovative suggestions by the panelists such as allowing Nigerians in Diaspora to vote, and filming the counting of votes at all polling stations as a way of preventing election rigging and fraud.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_qmLPc38Pk

Doyin Okupe was in combative mood!

 

The participants were:

Victor Ndoma-Egba (invited)
Senate Leader, Cross River State, People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Dr. Doyin Okupe
Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs, Government of Nigeria, PDP

Babafemi Ojudu
Senator, Ekiti State, All Progressives Congress (APC)

Sanya Awosan
Senior Special Assistant to the President

Fred Majemite
Political Adviserto Governor Uduaghan

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary, APC

Nigeria’s political leaders, candidates, and party supporters in laying the foundations for peaceful, credible elections in 2015. We hear from the leaders of the two main parties about their plans for the primary contests, and their strategies for enforcing good conduct among candidates, promoting issue-based rather than personality-driven campaigning, ensuring a tone of moderation in the debates, and encouraging respect for the election outcome. This conference is part of an ongoing series, supported by the Ford Foundation, bringing Nigerian officials, civil society activists, and opinion leaders to Washington, D.C. to engage with U.S. policymakers and Africa experts on how best to ensure that Nigeria’s 2015 elections are free, fair, and peaceful.

 

Gowon: Ojukwu Acted in a Cowardly Way, Ran Away and Left His People To Suffer


Nigerian leader Major-General Gowon Interviewed After the end of the Nigerian Civil War in 1970

Nigeria’s federal leader Major-General Gowon speaks after the end of the Nigerian war on his nemesis – Biafran leader Chukwuemeka. Gowon said: “He didn’t do a Hitler. Ojukwu ran away and left these poor people that he led into such suffering…just left them…I hope his conscience will allow him to rest. God knows.”

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFfAVrh06fA&feature=youtu.be

Goodluck Jonathan Versus Abubakar Tafawa Balewa


 

Continuing with the theme of comparing Nigeria’s current President Goodluck Jonathan against his predecessors, here is a comparison of Jonathan against Nigeria’s first Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

 

GOODLUCK JONATHAN’S INTERVIEW:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WCau2ZCMaY

 

 

ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4twfjk3hoA4

 

Goodluck Jonathan or Nnamdi Azikiwe: Who is the Better Interviewee?


Nigeria’s current President Dr Goodluck Jonathan interviewed last week on CNN by Christine Amanpour:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WCau2ZCMaY

 

Nigeria’s former (and first) President Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe interviewed in January 1966:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrNGHehpGhU

 

 

President Shagari of Nigeria Visits the United Kingdom


President Shagari’s State Visit to the UK in 1981.

The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba


Footage of the Nigerian Civil War


 

Excellent video clips of the Nigerian civil war featuring archive footage such as:

 

*An interview with Belgian mercenary Marc Goosens.

*An interview with Ojukwu.

*Discussion of the weapons disparity between federal troops and Biafran troops.

*An interview with a South African mercenary called Major Williams.

*The end of the war – Ojukwu’s departure, Effiong’s radio broadcast and ceremony at Dodan Barracks to end the war. I thought the sight of Effiong meeting Gowon for the first time in three years and telling Gowon he was “reporting for re-appointment and redeployment” was poignant.

*The end of war broadcast at Dodan Barracks by Gowon, in the presence of Colonel Obasanjo.  I notice that Gowon very pointedly refused to call the Biafrans “rebels”, did not use words like “surrender”, and spoke of Biafran “acceptance” of one Nigeria.

 

youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyLlGQ1e4qc&feature=youtu.be

British and Italian Hostages Killed in Nigeria


 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/9131831/British-hostage-killed-in-Nigeria-live.html

A British and Italian hostage have been killed after a botched rescue attempt to free the pair from kidnappers linked to Al Qaeda today.

A British citizen (Chris McManus, aged 28) and Italian citizen (Franco Lamolinara, aged48) have been killed in Sokoto, Sokoto State in northern Nigeria after an attempt by British and Nigerian special forces to free them. McManus and Lamolinara were kidnapped and have been held since May 2011.  Initial press reports (and British Prime Minister David Cameron) say they were killed by their captors during the rescue attempt by British and Nigerian troops. However a senior security source in Nigeria has told the Associated Press that the two men died in the crossfire during the rescue operation, perhaps indicating that they might have been killed accidentally by gunfire from the troops sent to rescue them.

None of the British or Nigerian troops were killed but the captors suffered casualties.

A witnessMahmoud Abubakar, who lives on the street where the operation occured said: The security agencies tried to break into the house but there was resistance. The people inside the house were shooting at them and they returned fire. They exchanged fire for some time. I saw a military truck come out of the compound with two bodies on it. I didn’t see their colour, because they were covered with leaves.”A member of Nigeria’s State Security Service (SSS) said that the captors were members of the Islamist group called Boko Haram. The SSS official said:The hostage-takers shot the hostages before they even entered the compound. All the terrorists have been killed as well. We arrested some suspects a few days before who led us to them.”
The Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has telephoned Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan and asked for “a detailed reconstruction” of how the hostages died.
Statement by British Prime Minister David Cameron:
Chris McManus, a British citizen, was taken hostage by terrorists in Northern Nigeria in May 2011. He was taken hostage with his colleague, an Italian national, Franco Lamolinara. Since then, we have been working closely with the Nigerian authorities to try to find Chris and Franco, and to secure their release. The terrorists holding the two hostages made very clear threats to take their lives, including in a video that was posted on the internet. After months of not knowing where they were being held, we received credible information about their location. A window of opportunity arose to secure their release. We also had reason to believe that their lives were under imminent and growing danger. Preparations were made to mount an operation to attempt to rescue Chris and Franco. Together with the Nigerian Government, today I authorised it to go ahead, with UK support. It is with great regret that I have to say that both Chris and Franco have lost their lives. We are still awaiting confirmation of the details, but the early indications are clear that both men were murdered by their captors, before they could be rescued.

Our immediate thoughts must be with Chris and Franco’s families, and we offer them our sincerest condolences. Both families have endured a terrible ordeal, and this is a devastating moment for all of them.

The Foreign Office have been in regular contact with the McManus family since Chris’s capture. I spoke to them just before Christmas and I have spoken to them again with the news this afternoon.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Nigerian authorities, and President Jonathan personally, for all they have done to help find Chris, and combat terrorism.

I also want to pay tribute to all those, including UK personnel, who worked so hard to try to bring Chris home safely. I am very sorry that this ended so tragically. I ask that the media respect the family’s privacy and allow them time to come to terms with their loss.

Terrorism and appalling crimes such as these are a scourge on our world. No-one should be in any doubt about our determination to fight and to defeat them.”

Interview with Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu


Great revealing interview with Ojukwu where he discusses several areas of Nigeria’s history including the January 1966 and July 1966 coups, the Awolowo -v- Akitola conflict, the Yoruba/Igbo “carpet crossing” saga, the political rivalry between Azikiwe, Ahmadu Bello, Balewa, Awolowo, Akintola et al, the 1966 pogroms and the educational disparity between northern and southern Nigeria.

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