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Vol 39 No 5

Published 6th March 1998


A diplomatic coup

Nigeria's military regime is looking for more support after toppling the Freetown junta

While its ousting of Major Johnny-Paul Koroma’s junta in Freetown has strengthened the grip of General Sani Abacha’s government on West Africa in the short term, it will face enormous economic and diplomatic problems in maintaining its interventionist posture. Apart from the difficulties of Gen. Abacha’s project to transform himself into a civilian president this year and discontent among his military at home, there are increasing concerns in Francophone capitals about Nigeria’s growing assertiveness.

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