Federal Nigerian authorities have implemented an emergency military training scheme to reinforce troops at present engaged in the civil war against the breakaway region of Eastern Nigeria - how calling itself Biafra.
Major General Gowon reviewing recruits.
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Background: Federal Nigerian authorities have implemented an emergency military training scheme to reinforce troops at present engaged in the civil war against the breakaway region of Eastern Nigeria - how calling itself Biafra.
At one of the largest military camps near Lagos, the Ikeja camp, two thousand young Nigerians are undergoing a short and intensive military training programme. The Head of the Federal Military Government, Major General Gowon, inspected the recruits yesterday (Saturday).
The Ikeja camp is the headquarters of the Sixth Battalion of the Nigeria Army. The trainees spend only a few weeks in the camp. Most have had no previously military experience.
During his review of the recruits Major General Gowon praised the young soldiers for their progress, and their willingness to fight in the civil conflict.
Earlier, Major General Gowon, had brief discussions with President Tubman of Liberia, who made a short stopover in Lagos on his way to Kinshasa for the meeting of the Organisation of African Unity. President Tubman reiterated his criticism of Eastern Nigeria's secession. He said it was the duty of all African nations to see the strife within Nigeria was resolved.
The people of Lagos have instituted a welfare programme for Federal troops, including the recruits. Already more than GBP1,300 in cash has been given to a welfare fund, and food worth GBP350 is to be presented to Federal forces.