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Amnesty in Africa

How does a prisoner-of-conscience turned president react to a telling off?

By Jonathan Power   November 2000

My wife phoned me on the way to Heathrow and asked me to call her when I met Pierre San?, Amnesty International’s secretary-general, who was travelling on the same plane. After my last near-fatal incident at Lagos airport, when I was picked up by a would-be throat-cutter, she wanted to know that I was in safe custody. I told her that I wasn’t sure I’d recognise him among 400 Nigerian passengers on a crowded 747-it was eight months since my only encounter with him over lunch. In the event, he was hard to miss. As I walked towards the boarding…

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