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Vol 38 No 24

Published 5th December 1997


Nigeria

Rebranding Abacha

The personality cult around General Sani Abacha is growing rapidly, ahead of his expected candidacy in next August's presidential elections. A new biography entitled – Sani Abacha – The Man, the Myth, is to be published this month: it follows the establishment of the Sani Abacha Foundation for National Reconciliation and Justice on 20 November and a series of pro-Abacha marches in state capitals. Cashing in on the cult, Bawa Garba's ABG Electronics Manufacturers has imported televisions from South Korea and stuck the Abacha brand name on them: Gen. Abacha's wife, Maryam, attended the launching of the television set in Abuja on 14 November and several state governments have placed orders.

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