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Vol 49 No 9

Published 25th April 2008


Nigeria

Open season on Obasanjo

Allegations of corruption under the last government are dividing the ruling parties and raising questions about the new order’s durability

The humiliation of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is forging ahead, less than a year after he left office. In the past few months, parliamentary committees have exposed allegations of government corruption during his eight-year tenure that sit uneasily with his image as a reformer. A decade after he won international sympathy during his imprisonment by the then military leader, General Sani Abacha, Obasanjo’s reputation is sadly diminished. There has been a deafening silence from Western friends such as Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. Nigeria’s press runs lurid tales of family scandals. Investigators have charged his daughter, Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, with complicity in a scam to defraud the health ministry.

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