Nigeria: Drums of Defeat

"Fellow Biafrans, where will you run? We ran away from Lagos, and fled northern Nigeria by the thousands. In the battlefields, we ran and allowed the enemy to advance. Must we also run in our homeland? Face the enemy and fight him—street by street, house by house. This is the moment to die bravely for Biafra."

The frantic call to arms, broadcast by Radio Biafra, thundered across Nigeria's secessionist Eastern Region last week like the throb of primitive war drums. It was directed at Biafra's Ibo tribesmen, who set up an independent country to escape persecution, but few were in...

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