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Vol 48 No 16

Published 3rd August 2007


Nigeria

Making haste slowly

President Yar'Adua shows he is prepared to make sweeping changes – even if the pace of decision-making remains slow

Essentially, the new presidency started last week. President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua appointed his cabinet on 26 July and followed this four days later with a sweeping shake-up of the military. A former state governor has been convicted on corruption charges, while five other governors facing similar charges have struggled to meet bail conditions. Private sector oligarchs favoured by former President Olusegun Obasanjo have been pushed on to the defensive, pre-emptively, and have withdrawn from the much-criticised plan to privatise oil refineries. 'Yar’Adua is a careful politician who moves at his own pace', an aide told Africa Confidential in Abuja.

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