NIGERIA: Halfway to Freedom

Ever since their turbaned and straw-hatted chieftains met with Britain's Colonial Secretary Alan Lennox-Boyd in London last May, few politically conscious Nigerians had doubted that home rule was really on the way. The only question was when. Last week in the dusty streets and mangrove-shaded gardens of the ramshackle, tin-roofed capital of Lagos, Nigerians read the answer in a special 32-page edition of the Dally Times. The answer, for half of Africa's most populous (33 million) nation: now.

From London had come an Order in Council from Queen Elizabeth granting immediate home rule for Eastern and Western Nigeria. The cabled...

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