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Vol 39 No 18

Published 11th September 1998


Nigeria

Opening up Aso Rock

‘After General Abacha you have a rather easy act to follow, don’t you?’ Lola Alakija, a feisty TV interviewer asked Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on 7 September at the Nigerian Presidency’s first international press conference for more than four years. Some journalists laughed nervously at the suggestion that it wasn’t difficult to be a popular leader after Gen. Sani Abacha and his widely disliked regime. After nearly two hours, it was the first question that was even mildly critical of Gen. Abubakar personally.

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