NIGERIA: Recovery After Biafra

Let us pull ourselves together each to each, here, as brothers with brother, pooled.

Take past events as the repentant woman's past, always forgotten and always retold.

—Pol Ndu, Ibo poet (1971)

Slowly and somewhat painfully, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Africa's richest, most powerful and most populous nation (about 60 million), is pulling itself together after the devastating civil war that ended two years ago. A reconciliation of sorts has taken place between the federal government, headed by General Yakubu Gowon, and the secessionist republic of Biafra, now Nigeria's East Central state....

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