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Vol 51 No 5

Published 5th March 2010


Nigeria

On her Majesty's Secret Service

Wits in Abuja have taken to referring to First Lady Turai Yar’Adua as ‘Her Majesty’ and her coterie of apparatchiks as the ‘Secret Service’. She organised the clandestine return to Nigeria of her husband, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, on 23 February. Her plan has, at least temporarily, staunched the draining of power away from the Yar’Adua faction, most of whom are presidential appointees or business allies.

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