TODAY IN HISTORY: September 28

September 28, 1967

On this day, the Nigerian Red Cross Society disclosed that 3,000 trained volunteers of the society were then helping in relief work on the various fronts of the current military operations in Nigeria at the time. Addressing the Press at the society’s headquarters in Lagos, Malam Saidu Mohammed, the national secretary, said that the Nigerian Red Cross had already spent 5,000 pounds in aid to victims of the national crisis.

Also addressing the conference, Mr.George Boffman, delegate-general for Africa of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said he had been impressed by the “tireless and courageous performance” of the young Red Cross volunteer men and women serving at the fronts. He said the aims of Nigerian part of the International Red Cross development programme were to assist the Nigerian Red Cross Society to extend the existing services and to undertake new services in response to the specific national needs. “To that end,” he went on, “assistance so far rendered by the programme and other foreign organisations totalled132,000 pounds.


September 28, 1967

On this day, the Military Administrator of the Mid-Western State, Lt. Col. Samuel Ogbemudia, called on all foreign investors to return to their areas of the country that had been liberated from the rebels. He assured them of the safety of their lives and property. The Administrator made the call in Benin when the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Sir David Hunt, paid him a courtesy call. Lt. Col. Ogbemudia said that Nigeria appreciated the part Britain played in her economy and expressed the hope that they would continue to give every assistance to the development of the country. He called on Britain as a true friend of Nigeria to fully identify herself with Nigeria’s aims and aspirations, particularly at that period of national crisis. The Administrator said that Britain had a moral responsibility to assist Nigeria to ensure that she remained an undivided, happy, prosperous and stable political unit.

In his response, the British envoy said that the friendship between Britain and Nigeria would be reinforced and encouraged by the current experiences at the time. Sir David said further that in the mind of his government, a united Nigeria had great possibilities particularly in industrialization.



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