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Vol 49 No 23

Published 14th November 2008


Nigeria

The waiting game

Presidential contenders, ministerial hopefuls and errant state governors are all caught up in the capital's political paralysis

Three groups of ambitious politicians stalk Abuja's corridors of power, hoping for events to unfold in their favour. There are the men who would be king: former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, former military head of state General Ibrahim Babangida, former Chief of Military Intelligence, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau and former Secretary to the Federation Babagana Kingibe. All stand ready to make their bid should President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua relinquish power before 2011, as many of the capital's pundits confidently predict.

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