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Vol 51 No 4

Published 19th February 2010


Nigeria

Goodluck with the money

Now a man in a hurry, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has to stamp his authority on Abuja and quickly decide which ministers and officials can help him and which to drop. Within two days of assuming office, Jonathan swore in 17 permanent secretaries and met with oil company executives. Whether he turns out to be a stopgap leader or a strong contender for the presidency in 2012, he talks obsessively about policy goals: pushing the Petroleum Industry Bill through the National Assembly and consolidating the amnesty in the Niger Delta, which has been fraying at the edges in the past month.

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