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Vol 43 No 16

Published 9th August 2002


Nigeria

Eastward Ho!

Igbo politics are boiling with preparations for next year's general elections. Since the dream of an independent Biafra was crushed in 1970, many Igbo have felt marginalised, and say that President Olusegun Obasanjo, a south-western Yoruba for whom their region voted in 1999, has kept them on the fringe. Although the nation's third highest office, the presidency of the Senate, is held by Pius Anyim, an Igbo, they complain of being excluded from power, and ignored in the federal budget. They also think the next president should be one of theirs.

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