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Vol 37 No 9

Published 26th April 1996


Nigeria

Sacking the Sultan

Dethroning Dasuki and cocking a snook at the Commonwealth will not solve the crisis

These are busy days for General Sani Abacha. Critics of his slow work rate and his indecisiveness are revising their opinions. In one week, he has sacked the Sultan of Sokoto (a historical first), retired 20 of his senior military opponents and sent his Foreign Minister to China in an elaborate snub to Commonwealth ministers meeting on Nigeria. And while Shell dithered about whether to boost its investment, United States' majors Mobil and Texaco doubled theirstooverUS$1,500million. AllthishelpsAbacha,atleastfor the next few months. In the longer term, it looks risky.

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