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Vol 52 No 18

Published 9th September 2011


Nigeria

All the President’s businessmen

Tycoons can boost their fortunes sponsoring political parties and many are seeking admission to Jonathan’s circle

A group of power-brokers and fortune-seekers is taking shape around President Goodluck Jonathan. Often rivals, most have interests in the oil business, whose centre is his native Niger Delta. Others are inherited from his People’s Democratic Party mentor, Olusegun Obasanjo, who was President from 1999 to 2007. The main gatekeeper to the President at Aso Rock seems to be Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, Jonathan’s Chief of Staff and a former Deputy Governor of Edo State.

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