Tan­za­nia cel­e­brates 50 years as a united coun­try

Daily Trust - - AFRICA - By Anthony Ma­liki & Safiya Ab­dul­rah­man

Nigeria’s for­mer Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Nited Na­tions Prof. Ibrahim Gam­bari has de­scribed for­mer Tanzanian Pres­i­dent late Julius Ny­erere as a true PanAfrican­ist.

He made the re­mark in Abuja on Fri­day night at a din­ner to cel­e­brate 50 years an­niver­sary of the United Repub­lic of Tan­za­nia.

An in­de­pen­dent Tan­ganyika and Zanz­ibar united on April 26, 1964 into the present Tan­za­nia.

Gam­bari, who was the spe­cial guest at the oc­ca­sion, told the au­di­ence that Ny­erere was gen­uinely com­mit­ted to the strug­gle for the lib­er­a­tion of Africa.

He said Tan­za­nia has been at the fore­front of the strug­gle in Africa un­til the con­ti­nent was free. How­ever, Gam­bari noted that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Nigeria and Tan­za­nia is very close as they share a com­mon course in the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle.

Tanzanian High Com­mis­sioner to Nigeria Mr. Daniel Ole Njoolay said the coun­try has de­vel­oped greatly since the union was formed in 1964.

He said Tan­za­nia for a long time has been in­volved in the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, but now would be fo­cus­ing on eco­nomic diplo­macy.

PHOTO

From left: Wife of the Tan­za­nia High Com­mis­sioner Su­pera Ole Njoolay, Am­bas­sador of Sa­harawi to Nigeria Oubi Bachir, Tan­za­nia High Com­mis­sioner to Nigeria Daniel Ole Njoolay and Chief of Pro­to­col Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs Am­bas­sador Us­man Baraya cut­ting the an­niver­sary cake. Macjohn Akande

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