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Vol 45 No 2

Published 23rd January 2004


Nigeria

The other General

President Olusegun Obasanjo's rival in last year's contest, retired general and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari (1983-85) was in London last week for medical treatment and to drum up international support for his continued rejection of last year's elections. He argues that Nigeria is drifting dangerously. He says it exhibits ever more signs of a failing state ­ collapse of law and order, disintegration of institutions, a political system that is of benefit only to the politicians: 'What is happening in parts of the country is a warning sign. We have warlords and private armies trying to run things. That is the way of Somalia, but nothing is being done about it.'

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