Nigeria: Grim Anniversary

On walls and in buildings, visitors to Nigeria abruptly encounter the image of the leader of black Africa's most pop ulous nation. From posters the boyishly handsome face of Major General Yakubu Gowon, 34, peers at passersby.

Below his face is a couplet: "To keep Nigeria one is the cause that must be won." The rhyme is meant to encourage Nigerians in their war with break away Biafra, but the poster paper has begun to tatter. The war, which Gow on originally predicted would be "a surgical police action," next week enters...

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