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Vol 55 No 4

Published 21st February 2014


Data battles in Abuja

Nigeria's most sensational political row for a decade began with a dispute over arithmetic. The figure in question was US$49.8 billion: that was the oil sales revenue between January 2012 and June 2013 that should have been transferred to the federation account, said a letter written by Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to President Goodluck Jonathan last September (AC Vol 54 No 25, Presidential letter bombs). The letter was leaked to the press in December and quickly entered the political realm. The same week, a letter to Jonathan from ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was also leaked and quoted the same figures, accusing the incumbent of failing to prevent an untrammelled theft of state resources.

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