Reprinted from yesterday late editions.
[WORD ILLEGIBLE] Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, the begging Nigerian head of state to come to Washington on a state visit and one of the few world leaders who doesn't come [WORD ILLEGIBLE] because of his own country's natural riches, is a man who appears not to like the grand tropping of leadership.
In fact according to those who know the career soldier and engineer, he would rather not be his country's ruler.
Yet, Obasanjo [WORD ILLEGIBLE] well the title he has held for last 20 months, personaliting every moment of the public time spent here. During a reception in his [WORD ILLEGIBLE] given by the Nigerian Embassy Wednesday night at the Capital Hilton attended by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Obasanjo took all his 45 minutes there to walk through the crowd shaking hands and speaking to individuals.
The same approach marked his meetings Wednesday with the Congressional Black Carew, two session on Capitol Hill and a special [WROD ILLEGIBLE] at Howard University, where he spoke.
He's a very hard-working person who doesn't care about the grandous of the office. He wants to go about rebuilding the country," said WORD ILLEGIBLE, a Nigerian who heads the Howard University Student Association, and got a rousing ovation at the afternoon assembly an ovation even more [WORD ILLEGIBLE] then Obasanjo's. "I don't think that will get me in trouble." Ajayi, and architecture studnet, said later. "But he did ask when I was coming home."
Obasanjo, along with President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, the other African leader to visit President Carter so far, is considered a pivotal voice. Until recently relationships between Nigeria is the richest of the black. African countries and the second-largest supplier of oil to the United States.
Ever since Obasanjo arrived Tuesday morning, interaction between Africans and black Americans has been a constant theme. In his address at Howard, he called for a lobby of black Americans and a mobilization fo resources, particularly political pressure, to end "colonialism and the most perverted form of racism - apartheld"
At the reception, Haskell Ward a member of the State Department's policy planning staff, said, "His statements were daring and showed Nigeria is confident of Ghana) had never made a speech that explicit."
It was ironic, given all the discussions fo unity, that the press had a very difficult time getting into Wednesday night's reception. Those without official invitations were refused entry. Simoen Booker, bureau chief of Johnson Publications, asked for entry of reporters, including a crew from the U.S. Information Agency, and had his invitiaion torn up in his face.
In addition to many of the Nigerians who reside in Washington, the guests included the ambassadors of Iran, Jamaica, Tanzainia; John Rhinehart, the director of USIA; John Gilligan, administrator of the Agency fo International Development; Sam Brown, the haed of ACTION, and Reps. Charles Diggs (d-Mich.) and Charles Collins (D-ILL.: and C. Paynes Lucas, the director of AFRICARE.