Dec 13 2007

Against Corruption in Nigeria: is past prologue?

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The arrest of James Ibori, former governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta state, presents a crucial test for the national government of Umaru Yar’Adua. Ibori was arrested this week by Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency and charged with stealing an undisclosed amount of state funds believed to total in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Ibori, out of office because of term limits, is now no longer immune from prosecution. He is believed to be a financial supporter of President Yar’Adua. Nigerian federalism on paper allows a great deal of oil to flow to parts of the states that generated it. In practice, these states are vehicles for political cliques to loot the country’s resource wealth. In arresting Ibori, Nigerian advocates of clean government are once again declaring an offensive. Past failure is no reason to presume things cannot be different this time in Nigeria, though probably the past remains prologue.

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