Today In History – September 3rd

 

September 3, 1961

On this day, Leader of the Akure branch of the NCNC, Mr. Ladipo Adegbola described as “a distortion of facts” the statement credited to Chief S. L. Akintola, Premier of Western Nigeria, over the affairs of the Akure District Council.

In a statement at Akure, Mr. Adegbola said that the people of Akure did not grumble about the traditional representation on the council but they deplored the method used by the Western Nigeria Government.

He alleged that the Government amended the instrument establishing the council on election day,  because they knew that the Action Group would be defeated.

The NCNC leader declared that the Government used that device to change the verdict of the electorate which voted the NCNC into the council.

According to Mr. Adegbola, the people of Akure would not tolerate “Action Group tyrannical rule.” He appealed to Chief Akintola to advise his Government to withdraw “forthwith the instrument causing the present unrest in Akure.”

 

September 3, 1961

Also on this day, the Chief Justice of Western Nigeria, Sir Samuel Quashie-Dun, in an address to a conference of judges of the High Court of the Region, stated that as far as he was aware, law and order was being maintained by his courts and he had no evidence of a breakdown of law and order in the Region as was being alleged. He said all judges in the Region would uphold law and order to the best of their ability.

Commenting on his statement, four leading members of the NCNC who were lawyers (Mr. T. O. S. Benson, Mr. R. A. Fani-Kayode Q. C., Mr. Adeniran Ogunsanya and Mr. Olu Akinfosile), said in Lagos that, “After a statement of this nature, we of the NCNC in Western Nigeria will find it difficult to repose confidence in the Chief Justice of the Western Region which is vital to the stability and independent Region’s judicial. We must ask when the Chief Justice conducted a judicial inquiry into the political situation in the Western Region and at what time he was entrusted with such a duty by the Government of the Region.”

 

September 3, 1967

On this day, six French-speaking African countries expressed “enthusiastic support” for the Federal Military Government and appreciation that the Nigerian crisis at the time was a domestic affair.

The countries – Cameroun, Chad Republic, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon and Niger Republic – also indicated their intention not to discuss the Nigerian situation at the then forthcoming summit conference of the OAU to be held in Congo Kinshasa.

The decision of the concerned countries was disclosed by the Federal Commissioner for Education, Mr. Wenike Briggs who, at the time, just returned from an extensive tour of those African countries as the head of a three-man delegation. The delegation had gone to deliver special messages from the Federal Military Government to the heads of those states on the Nigerian situation. Mr. Briggs described the tour as successful and expressed appreciation for the friendly welcome accorded his delegation wherever they visited.

 

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