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Vol 39 No 7

Published 3rd April 1998


Nigeria

From the shadows

Universally known as 'MD', former spymaster and police chief Alhaji Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu (66) has emerged as the most credible challenger to General Sani Abacha's as yet unannounced candidacy for the civilian presidency. Yusufu's decision to run for the Grassroots Democratic Movement shocked local politicians: his professed reason was to draw out other credible candidates to challenge Abacha in this year's scheduled elections. Now Yusufu has become an opposition force in his own right.

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