President Ibrahim Babangida appealed to Nigerians Friday to observe a government recommendation that families have only four children, but he said no force would be used to limit births.

The West African nation's population is estimated at 114 million with an annual growth rate of 3.3 percent. The present average is six children per family.Health Minister Olikoye Ransome-Kuti seeks to reduce the growth rate to 2.5 percent in 1995.