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Vol 54 No 16

Published 2nd August 2013


Nigeria

Amaechi takes on Jonathan

The battle for control of wealthy Rivers State is a personal struggle for power in the Niger Delta but has the makings of a national crisis

For many of those listening to Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s address to the Chatham House think-tank in London on 24 July, the speaker may have appeared just another ambitious and articulate Nigerian politician seeking foreign investment and media coverage. In fact, Amaechi’s well-choreographed trip to Britain was the latest episode in his long-running feud with President Goodluck Jonathan. This looks increasingly like a battle for the top job in national elections due in 2015.

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