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Vol 39 No 12

Published 12th June 1998


Nigeria

A cardiac coup

Military dissidents may prove the most serious threat to General Abubakar's pledge to hand over to civilians in October

As enigmatic in death as in life, General Sani Abacha died suddenly in the early hours of 7 June. He left many Nigerians puzzling over whether it was his failing health or his fellow officers that finally ended his career. Some of his closest confidants insist he was poisoned yet others in Abuja think his poor health made a nocturnal heart attack entirely plausible. On such matters, the ruling generals remain inscrutable. The truth now lies buried in Kano.

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