Expats threatened

Lagos - Nigeria's senior oil workers' union said it would take unspecified action against foreign staff if they did not join a pro-democracy strike against military rule. 'We are telling their countries to withdraw their people or something terrible will happen to them,' a spokesman for the Pengassan union said.

Emeka Anyaoku, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, yesterday stepped into Nigeria's mounting political crisis, warning that the stand-off between the military regime and pro-democracy forces was threatening the stability of the country. Reuter/AFP