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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta y, 1972 THE UTHMIDW HMAIB Nigeria bubbles with oil, confidence By LARRY HEINZERUNG LAGOS (AP) Nigeria is bubbliag with oil and national confidence as it sweeps away the debris pi civil war and forges a roje in African af- fairs. "If we don't succeed in Af- rica, who asks a senior government official, reflecling the mood of "manifest des- tiny" in this West African na- tion of 60 million. Brought to Us knees by the civil war with breakaway B i a f r a, which ended 30 months ago, Nigeria has found its feet and is on the rebound at horns and abroad. With more than 1.7 million barrels of oil a day, making Nigeria the' eighth-largest oil- producing nation, the country expects income to exceed billion this year. A backlog of pre-war debts lias been "erased- Stores in Lagos offer imported food and television" SE ta.' Flourishing nightclubs and block parties are rocking to the subtle rhythms of the "Highlife" again. A construction boom in this capital has new houses and office buildings going up all oyer town. Foreign investors continue their steady migra- tion 'to black Africa's richest market. Most impressive to foreign observers has been the recov eiry of the war-ravaged, Ibo- dpminaUd enclave of wha was Biafra, now the East Cen tral state. Nigeria's soldier-run gov ernment, led by dapper Gen Yakubu (Jack) Gowon, has OFF AND RUNNING The four parly leaders kick off thejr campaigns for tion at an Ottawa conference. Prime Minister Trudeau is at upper left, wijh Conservative leader Robert Stanfield lower left, NDP chief David Lewis, lowftr right, onct Real Caourte, Social Credit, lower _________________ Uganda expulsion remote By CY FOX Canadian Press Staff Writer A demand by some Asians in Britain for the expulsion of Uganda from the Com- monwealth and the controversy over which countries should bear responsibility for the mi- nority now being ordered out o( the East African state have un- derlined the international scope of the problem as well as its complexity. Any chance of Uganda's being forced to leave the Com- monwealth as a result of the Kampala government's treat- ment of the Asians under its eway can be considered mote, at least under circumstances. Tlie Cpmmonwealth up to present i Uganda President Amin and its ready assumption of responsl bility for thousands of th now has played a subdued pub- lic role in the dispute. The Commonwealth organization's conduct is similar in that re- spect to the inconspicuous part it played in efforts lo resolve last December's war between India and Pakistan. On that occasion, .the United Nations was more to the fore- front. But in the Uganda situ- ation even the UN is far from active. In Britain, criticism of the Conservative government for its alleged softness towards rmly kept its pledge to avoid against the energetic bo people. Ruins and bullet-pocked buildings are still visible in owns affected by the war, but once emply markets are hriving, new businesses arc opening up. 'Hie starving ba- of Biafra are no more. Jbo tribesmen travel freely throughout the country, and flock lo Lagos and other com- mercial centres to reopen old businesses or start new ones and reclaim property aban- doned when the war broke out. Increasingly nationalistic, the government is chipping away at its colonial past and taking a firm stand of leader- ship in African affairs as it becomes the dominant eco- norqic.and political power in West Africa. A decree reserves selecte4 businesses, ranging from bak cries to gambling casinos, for Nigerians. There is a 1974 deadline for expatriates to sell such enterprises or close down. Nigeria is also getting tougher with foreign oil com- oanies, demanding increased participation in exploitation. The government-owned Na- tional Oil Corp. already holds a 51-per-cent participating in terest in several joint ven- tures with foreign companies ANTI-WHITE In foreign policy, Nigeria has become increasingly inili tant on colonialism, arms sales to white-ruled South Af rica and continued white nil in Rhodesia. Unlike many African leac ers who travel frequently t 'aris or London to seek ad- ice and aid, Gowon has moved about widely in Africa, making'new friends and preading Influence. A recent isit to Togo produced agree- nent on the formation of an jmbryonic West African eco- nomic community. Chad will soon haye phone links with Ni- jeria. Dahomey received a Si-million loan for road con- struction. Gowon has joined an prgan- zation of African Unity at- tempt to find a solution to the Middle East crisis. One problem is relations with Frenchipeaking Africa, which fears Nigeria's eco- nomic clout and still looks to Paris for aid and comfort. Building starts up OTTAWA (CP) Construe Jon started on louses and apartments in 3an centres duping July, bring ing the cumulative total for th year to up 12 per cen from last year's'level, Centra Mortgage and Housing Corp reported today. The federal housing agenc said house-building activity all areas, urban and rural, ran at an annual rate of July and to for the fir seven months of the year. The housing uni started in urban areas In Ju compared with in Ju last year. n d poientially dangerous roblems to stability remain aj home. There is sharp division be- ween the rich elite in the owns and poverty of the grarian masses. Corruption tfifecls all levels of govern- nent. Army officers and top civil servants flaunt their riches in flashy cars while downtown Lagos is cluttered Yrlth beggars. Despite the public execu- tions of those caught and con- victed of armed robbery, an epidemic of crime has yet to se scotched. IMPORTS FOOD While the oil wells work round the clock, agricultural production has dropped dra- matically in recent months. Nigeria is increasing its im- ports of food. "Since they're'rich with oil (hey don't bother seriously about anything re- marked one British business- man who has been in Nigeria a decade. Unemployment, underem- ployment and inflation are also problems. Little work has been found for N i g e r i a 's standing army, the largest in black Africa. Rivalries among the three dominant tribal groups, the Kansas, Ibos and Yorubas, surface in job discrimination, Ibos are still not welcome in Port Harcourt, capital of Riv- ers state, where B1 a f r a n troops were accused of com- mitting massacres. Nigeria's press has been effectively muzzled by arbi- trary detentions. That is one example of the dominant mood in Nigeria, summed up by one diplomat: "They won the war despite all the criticism from around the world and now they'n going to win the peace b) themselves too." RECENT DISCOVERY Dutch elm disease was found in Nova Scotia lor the first ill 1969. Home Recipe Plan Takes Off Ugly Fat It's simple how quietly one1 may lose pounds of unsightly fat right in your own home. Make this home recipe yourself. It's easy, no trouble at all and costs little. Just go to your drugstore and aak for Naran. Pour this into a pint bottle and add enough Grapefruit juice to fill the bottle. Take two tablcapoonsful twice a day as needed and follow the Naran Reducing If your 6rat purchase does not stow you a simple easy way to ulky fat and help regain slender more graceful curves; if reducible pounds and inches of excess fat don't disappear from neck, chin, arms, nbdomen, hipe, calves and ankles just return empty bottle for your money back. Follow this easy way en- dorsed by many who have tried this plan and help bring back al- luring curves nnd graceful Glemlerness. Note how quickly bloat much better you feel. More alive; youthful appearing and ''Colombo? jailed on fraud charge MONTREAL (CP) Laurier Denis alias Joseph Colombo Jr., was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of fraud in passing a Potash sale to Qiiiiese announced HEG1NA (CP) Industry Minister Kim Thorson said here the province has scored major breakthrough in arrang- ing a sale of Saskatchewan pot- ash to China, protenlially one o the largest poiash customers in the world. Mr. Thorson said a sale short tons of K20 is cov cred in an agreement, specify ing delivery during November December and January. Valu of the sale is about million The sale is not a large on but is significant in that it is first and indicates the Chines are at least willing to exper ment with the fertilizer prod net. "This is definitely an impor tant said M Thorson. "The potential is ther and China could become one our largest markets." The sale was made during U Canadian industrial exhibitio just concluded in Peking an attended by Mr. Thorso Caupotex, the export sales ar of Ihe Canadian Potash Produ ers Association, negotiated t deal. d cheque worth in 1968. Boutin, who faces another arge of auto theft, was ar- sted in Montreal Monday hen he arrived at the airporl ccompanied by his fiancee, a rmer Winnipeg hospital clerk Winnipeg police, who are alst eeking Boutin on forging am itering charges, had asked [ontreal police lo pick him up. It was not outin would 'ilinipeg after the three-month entence was imposed. "That's up to prison author- a police spokesman said. They could wait until after he serves his term here or take im as soon as court procecd- ngs are finished." HOUSE Police say charges pending igalnst Boutin in Winnipeg tern from his purchase last month of a home in a fashion- able area of the city. A news release issued at the ime to several Winnipeg >apers said a Joseph Colombo Jr. intended to live hi Ihe house affer marrying his fiancee in early October. The release also said Mr. Colombo would stay in ;he city lo oversee his interests in the fledgling World Hockey Asians has been extended to in elude attacks on Opposition Leader Harold Wilson. Wilson was criticized for hi silence. When finally the for mer prime minister did make statement, he expressed bac ing for the Tory adminis Iralion's handling of the issue. But Wilson also reiterate calls previously made fro other quarters for a Com- monwealth conference to deal with the matter. Tire fear In official circles seems to be that at present uch a conference migh prove in popular with Uganda's im- mediate Commonwealth neigh- Kenya and Tanzania. Both these states have con- siderable Asian minorities of heir own. And Presidents Ken- yatta of Kenya and Nyerere of Tanzania niight be tempted, if provoked by a full-fledged Cora? monwealth meeting', to adopt the same expulsion policy as President Amin is pursuing. Tiiis would mean a new im- migration crisis in heavily con- gested Britain as it grapples with the challenge of finding the room and the necessary de- gree of mass acquiescence to accommodate the Asians from Uganda. AMIN UNSTABLE? known whether Thus the opinion of some dip- be returned to lorrtats is that the situalion has lo be handled wilh kid gloves so as not to alienate additional African stales. Another impor- tant factor in this connection U the unusual character of Presi- dent Amin. Even Harold Wilson pictures Aniin as an unstable individual. The first reaction of diplomats who agree with this diagnosis is to avoid trying to push the vol- atile Amin in any particular di- rection. The Commonwealth secrelar- iat has seemingly chosen a sirru ilar approach. 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