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Published 6th October 2006

Vol 47 No 20


Nigeria

Leaving it late

Six months ahead of the next presidential election, no one knows which candidates are standing and which are heading for gaol

In a system that typically leaves the key decisions until the last moment, Nigeria's politicians are leaving things very late. Nominations for candidates for next April's state and presidential elections must be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by December. Although there are more than 40 parties now registered, most are underfunded or deeply divided. None has a clear front-runner - and many of the leading aspirants are in trouble. Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has long maintained that he should be the natural choice of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) to take over from President Olusegun Obasanjo. Yet Obasanjo's aides say Abubakar, a former deputy head of customs, epitomises all that is wrong with the political class in Nigeria. In September, the Vice-President was indicted by a cabinet committee over allegations of misuse of public funds and abuse of office.


No consensus on the census

No Nigerian official has been able to explain convincingly the reasons for the delays in publishing the results of the national census held in March. That is no surprise as the mat...


Pride and prejudice

A row over a pan-African trade bank threatens Cairo's diplomatic and commercial standing

Mild-mannered Ivorian banker Jean-Louis Ekra is an improbable figure to be in the eye of a continental storm. But a diplomatic storm is indeed brewing as the dispute worsens betwee...


Cairo's costly hubris

The dispute over Afreximbank could prove expensive diplomatically and commercially for Egypt. This week Afreximbank began considering legal action against at least one of two state...


Let it walk

The economy is storming away and so is graft in President Guebuza's aid-dependent regime

President Armando Emilio Guebuza promotes himself as a successful businessman and a reformer. Two years ago that won him the presidency (AC Vol 47 No 6), but he is likely to face p...


The toxic trade

How lethal waste came to Abidjan and who brought it there

The poisonous waste was carried on a Greek-owned tanker , the Probo Koala, flying a Panamanian flag, leased by the London branch of a Swiss oil-trading company whose fiscal headqua...


Jammeh tomorrow

The President's boast that he will hold power for the next 40 years no longer looks so idle

Opposition posturing and weak election monitoring handed President Alhaji Col. (Rtd.) Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh another easy win in the presidential election on 22 September. But it was...


Toxic timeline

2 July: Probo Koala docked at Amsterdam after unloading at Algesiras, Spain. It asked Amsterdam Port Services (APS) to empty its slops tank. More than 500 cubic metres (m3 ) were u...



Pointers

Radio row

In Vol 47 No 16, Africa Confidential reported that the BBC Somali Service and its head, Yusuf Garad, had been criticised for supporting the Supreme Islamic Courts Council regime in...


Sam sues

Former President Sam Nujoma's claim for N$5 million (US$650,000) damages against the The Namibian could backfire. Last year, it carried a lengthy report on the N$30 mn. Avid Invest...


Carole Collins

Carole Collins was a friend of Africa ­ and of Africa Confidential. Journalist, academic, and most strikingly, advocate for peace and justice, she had been deeply involved wit...