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Final Aburi Communique
The Supreme Military Council of Nigeria resumed its meeting in Ghana
on the 5th of January and continued and concluded discussion of the
remaining subjects on the Agenda. The Council reached agreement on
all the items.
On the powers and functions of the Federal Military Government the
Council reaffirmed its belief in the workability of the existing
institutions subject to necessary safequards.
Other matters on which agreements were reached included the
Re-organization, administration and control of the Army
Appointments and promotions to the senior ranks in the Armed Forces,
the Police, Diplomatic and Consular Services as well as appointments
to super-scale posts in the Federal Civil Service and the equivalent
posts in the Federal Statutory Corporations.
On the question of displaced persons the Supreme Military Council
agreed to set up a committee to look into the problems of
rehabilitation and recovery of property. In this connection the
Military Governor of the East assured the Council that the order that
non-Easterners should leave the Eastern Region would be reviewed with
a view to its being lifted as soon as practicable. Agreement was
also reached that the staff and employees of Governments and
Statutory Corporations who have had to leave their poses as a result
of recent disturbances in the country should continue to be paid
their full salaries up to the end of 31st March, 1967, provided they
have not found alternative employment.
The Council agreed that the Ad Hoc Committee on the constitutional
future of the country should be resumed as soon as practicable and
that the unanimous recommendations of the committee in September 1966,
will be considered by the Supreme Military Council at a later
The Council unanimously agreed that future meetings of the Council
should be held in Nigeria at a venue to be announced later.
The entire members of the Supreme Military Council express profound
regret for the bloodshed which has engulfed the country in the past
year and avow to do all in their power to ensure there is no
recurrence of the unhappy situation.
The members of the Supreme Military Council place on record their
profound appreciation and gratitude for the constructive initiative
and assistance rendered by the Chairman of the National Liberation
Council, the Government and people of Ghana.
Statement by the Supreme Council on the Reorganization of the Army,
and the Approval of Senior Appointments, and its Declaration on the use of force
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