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Vol 44 No 17

Published 29th August 2003


Nigeria

Mob rule

Mafia-style politics in the south-east raise more doubts about President Obasanjo's election victory

The kidnapping of Anambra State Governor Chris Ngige and the subsequent impunity of those involved have dealt another blow to the credibility of President Olusegun Obasanjo's post-election government (AC Vol 44 No 13). Obasanjo was already under public attack by former allies such as Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and former Inspector General of Police M.D. Yusufu. Worried about military reaction to growing lawlessness, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Alexander Ogomudia, warned senior officers at the War College in Abuja to keep out of the Ngige affair, leaving it for civilian politicians to resolve.

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