Nigeria: Gowon's Optimistic View

On the sweltering tarmac of Lagos' Ikeja Airport last week, ground crewmen unloaded relief materials from the 13 nations cooperating in the effort to help save 1,000,000 or more I bo tribesmen who are in peril of starvation. Despite occasionally grudging cooperation from the Nigerian government (relief planes, for instance, were charged landing fees of up to $450), the effort was achieving some success. As work progressed, General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria's military leader, answered questions from TIME Correspondent James Wilde. In his first individual interview since the end of the civil war, Gowon maintains a determinedly optimistic and perhaps...

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