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Published 22nd September 2006

Vol 47 No 19


Pots, kettles and corruption

Allegations about President Obasanjo and his deputy mean a livelier if not cleaner election

While President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice-President Atiku Abubakar sling mud at each other, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), an official anti-corruption body led by Nuhu Ribadu, has given Nigerians a taste of more to come and of the manner in which the political elite has operated state accounts in recent years. Not only could the corruption investigations remove several leading players from contention in next year's national elections, they may also outlaw the key role played by the country's biggest political financiers. Speaking at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meeting in Singapore on 18 September, Ribadu rejected claims that his investigations were politically partisan. He was helped by an endorsement of Obasanjo's anti-corruption campaign from World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz: 'The president of Nigeria is making a strong effort to deal with corruption... taking on corrupt officials at a level that was unheard of in his country.' Increasingly, the investigations touch on international links in the web of corruption.

Ambitions in the north

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The President has not said who he wants to succeed him but he knows who he wants to stop

The northern Nigerian elite is in the unfamiliar position of trying to side-step the manoeuvrings of a southern President determined to block the political ambitions of at least tw...

Déby supreme, for now

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Standing up to donors and oil companies, Déby looks all-powerful - until the next rebel advance

Seldom in his 16-year rule has President Idriss Déby Itno inspired much envy from his peers but right now, he is riding high. His latest tactical victory, against United Sta...

One of us cannot be wrong

Both President Kabila and challenger Bemba believe they can win the presidential poll

Tensions are rising again following the burning down on 18 September of presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba's main propaganda outlets, the studios of Canal Congo Tél&ea...

Crying Wolfowitz

Critics of the Bank's new corruption policy say it will cut aid to Africa and punish the poor

In the face of strong opposition from Britain, France and Germany, Bank President Paul Wolfowitz pushed through his anti-corruption strategy at the World Bank-International Monetar...


Back in the fold

The choice of leading oppositionist Yaovi Agboyigbo as Prime Minister on 16 September and offers of aid and investment from Brussels and Paris point to a changing climate. This fol...

Peace postponed

There will be no quick peace in Uganda. On 17 September, nearly 1,000 Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters had assembled at the forest clearing of Ri Kwangba, on the Sudan-Congo-K...