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Vol 49 No 23

Published 14th November 2008


Nigeria

Among the survivors

After months of speculation, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua has sacked half his cabinet but retained several of his old associates and surprisingly kept on a few of the worst-performing ministers, presumably for political reasons. Among the survivors are Finance Minister Shamsudeen Usman, formerly a director of the Nigerian Central Bank under Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, who remains central to economic strategy. Yet on many day-to-day decisions, Usman is outflanked by the President's Economic Advisor, Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi, who was Finance Commissioner of Katsina State when Yar'Adua was State Governor.

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