Lieutenant-Colonel Yakubu Gowon, head of Nigeria's military government made a flying one-day visit to Ghana on Sunday for talks with Ghana's head of state, Lieutenant-General Joseph Ankrah.
Gowon returning at Lagos airport.
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Background: Lieutenant-Colonel Yakubu Gowon, head of Nigeria's military government made a flying one-day visit to Ghana on Sunday for talks with Ghana's head of state, Lieutenant-General Joseph Ankrah. On his return to Lagos, Colonel Gowon described the talks as "very private".
Colonel Gowon left Lagos for the one-day visit amid speculation that he would meet military leaders of Eastern Nigeria in Ghana. But on his return, he declined to say whether he had met them.
He told questioners: "I have been to see my brother, General Ankrah. My visit was very private."
Ghana's General Ankrah is said to be a likely mediator in attempts to resolve difficulties between Colonel Gowon's military federal Nigerian government and dissident Eastern regional government, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Today (Tuesday) tension between Nigeria's military government and the Eastern Nigerian region was underlined by a protest demonstration through the streets of Enugu in Eastern Nigeria. Three thousand people shouted in the streets, protesting at delays in implementing decisions reached by Nigeria's military leaders at their meetings in neutral Ghana in January.
The talks revolved round whether Nigeria's regions should be given more autonomy, which is one of the basic causes of the differences between Eastern Nigeria and the Gowon military government.