In Run-up to April Polls, It’s Politics and Mayhem as Usual in Nigeria

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Nigeria is preparing for elections in April that it hopes will burnish its reputation as a democratic, diplomatic and economic leader on the continent, able to handle the multitude of ethnic, religious and class tensions that threaten Africa’s most populous nation and its place as the world’s sixth largest producer of oil. But in promoting an obscure northern governor as his successor and using Nigeria’s anti-graft commission as a weapon against political rivals, outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo may be tarnishing both his legacy and the country’s progress, underscoring the perception of Nigeria as the world’s reigning kleptocracy and risking an […]

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