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Published 24th July 1998

Vol 39 No 15


An exit for the militicians

Welcomed by the West, General Abubakar's transition to civil rule is drawing fire from the politicians - both civilian and military

For Nigeria's soldier-politicians, the so-called 'militicians', GeneralAbdulsalaam Abubakar's plan to return the country to civilian rule by next June, announced on 21 July, looks too much like a retreat from power. Their concern about the military losing its political management role apparently delayed the announcement for a week. Western capitals rushed to commend the plan and promised to end sanctions, probably to shore up Abubakar's position against some of his more hawkish military colleagues.

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