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    Nigeria Donated Money To The Liberation Movements In Zimbabwe In 1976 (Video) by naptu2:

    The Murtala/Obasanjo era is often viewed as the golden era of Nigeria’s foreign policy. This was the era that Nigeria stood up to the Western powers and fought hard to ensure an end to colonialism and apartheid in Africa.
    Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, had declared that Africa was the centre point of Nigeria’s foreign policy and this was brought to life during this era.
    Nigeria gave huge sums of money to liberation movements in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. It gave fighter jets to the MPLA in Angola, facilitated military training for ANC activists from South Africa and provided safe refuge to liberation fighters and activists from all the southern African countries.

    Nigeria was made an honorary member of the Frontline States due to its activities that were geared to ensuring an end to white minority rule in southern Africa. The Frontline States group were a group of countries that shared borders with or were in close proximity to South Africa. These countries suffered from destabilisation campaigns and military incursions by the South African military. Nigeria did not share a border with South Africa, but it was an honorary member of the group and it hosted meetings of the group because of its financial, diplomatic and military support to the members of the group.

    This thread is about one of those acts that Nigeria did to support the liberation movement.






    Monday, July 5th 1976.

    Footage of a press conference at which Brigadier Joseph Garba, Nigeria's Minister for External Affairs, presented a cheque to Senhor Joaquim Chissano, Mozambique's Foreign Minister as Nigeria's contribution towards financing the liberation struggle in Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe).

    The press conference was held in Port Louis, Mauritius, where both men were attending a meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

    Garba was very critical of the two rival factions of the African National Council (ANC) led respectively by Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of the external African National Council and Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of the internal ANC.

    Garba:

    "My dear colleagues, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique, ladies and gentlemen of the press, we in Nigeria believe that whatever we are able to do is only an assistance, a token of our commitment. The fighting must of necessity be done by the liberation movements themselves. This is the only way that true independence can be won. It is for this reason that the government of Nigeria has decided to make a quarter of a million dollars available to help the freedom fighters. In normal circumstances this cheque should have been delivered to an undisputed leader of the Zimbabwean movement and I am sure that would have been a pleasant duty. Unfortunately there is no such person, as the political leaders of the liberation movements are too busy bickering among themselves. We have therefore decided to hand the cheque over to the government of Mozambique and I have great pleasure in handing the cheque to my friend and colleague Mr. Chissano, who himself is a dedicated, tireless and dynamic crusader for freedom, independence and justice in Africa. Ladies and gentlemen I thank you very much."

    Chissano:

    "We are receiving these funds on behalf of the fighting people of Zimbabwe and Mozambique is not going to use this money for other things, but only for that purpose. So whether they are satisfied or not maybe this will be proved by the results."


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  • Nigeria Donated Money To The Liberation Movements In Zimbabwe In 1976 (Video) by naptu2:
  • The Murtala/Obasanjo era is often viewed as the golden era of Nigeria’s foreign policy. This was the era that Nigeria stood up to the Western powers and fought hard to ensure an end to colonialism and apartheid in Africa.
    Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, had declared that Africa was the centre point of Nigeria’s foreign policy and this was brought to life during this era.
    Nigeria gave huge sums of money to liberation movements in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. It gave fighter jets to the MPLA in Angola, facilitated military training for ANC activists from South Africa and provided safe refuge to liberation fighters and activists from all the southern African countries.

    Nigeria was made an honorary member of the Frontline States due to its activities that were geared to ensuring an end to white minority rule in southern Africa. The Frontline States group were a group of countries that shared borders with or were in close proximity to South Africa. These countries suffered from destabilisation campaigns and military incursions by the South African military. Nigeria did not share a border with South Africa, but it was an honorary member of the group and it hosted meetings of the group because of its financial, diplomatic and military support to the members of the group.

    This thread is about one of those acts that Nigeria did to support the liberation movement.






    Monday, July 5th 1976.

    Footage of a press conference at which Brigadier Joseph Garba, Nigeria's Minister for External Affairs, presented a cheque to Senhor Joaquim Chissano, Mozambique's Foreign Minister as Nigeria's contribution towards financing the liberation struggle in Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe).

    The press conference was held in Port Louis, Mauritius, where both men were attending a meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

    Garba was very critical of the two rival factions of the African National Council (ANC) led respectively by Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of the external African National Council and Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of the internal ANC.

    Garba:

    "My dear colleagues, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique, ladies and gentlemen of the press, we in Nigeria believe that whatever we are able to do is only an assistance, a token of our commitment. The fighting must of necessity be done by the liberation movements themselves. This is the only way that true independence can be won. It is for this reason that the government of Nigeria has decided to make a quarter of a million dollars available to help the freedom fighters. In normal circumstances this cheque should have been delivered to an undisputed leader of the Zimbabwean movement and I am sure that would have been a pleasant duty. Unfortunately there is no such person, as the political leaders of the liberation movements are too busy bickering among themselves. We have therefore decided to hand the cheque over to the government of Mozambique and I have great pleasure in handing the cheque to my friend and colleague Mr. Chissano, who himself is a dedicated, tireless and dynamic crusader for freedom, independence and justice in Africa. Ladies and gentlemen I thank you very much."

    Chissano:

    "We are receiving these funds on behalf of the fighting people of Zimbabwe and Mozambique is not going to use this money for other things, but only for that purpose. So whether they are satisfied or not maybe this will be proved by the results."


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