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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-14 09:18 PM
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This banker turned whistleblower has a revolutionary message for Nigeria
Aristocrats rarely turn whistleblower. After all, they are more often than not the beneficiaries of a social order that guarantees them a life of privilege. So the least one could expect is that they avoid rocking the boat. Criticism of the status quo is supposed to be the preserve of the have-nots.

Hence the surprise of many when Lamido Sanusi, scion of one of the most powerful royal families in northern Nigeria, started talking publicly about alleged corruption in the oil industry and billions in missing revenue.

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The obvious solution would be to throw Sanusi in jail on some trumped-up charges. But this would be problematic because of his family connections, especially as the president desperately needs the support of northern power brokers to win re-election in 2015.

Sanusi's accusations carry weight because of who he is. For decades, journalists and activists have been lamenting about the massive corruption in Nigeria, often eliciting little more than a bored yawn or two.

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/02/la...
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-14 11:22 PM
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1. A sad state of affairs. Thanks, rpannier. nt
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-14 02:18 PM
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2. Thanks for the link, this is an important issue.
Nigeria's the first or second-most populous country in Africa and a lot of oil moves thru there.
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