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Nigeria at a crossroads

Africa’s giant is a world leader in corruption. Can the new president change this?

By Richard Dowden   July 2011

President Goodluck Jonathan: so far, his performance has lived up to his name

Across the world, Nigeria’s reputation is bad. It’s even worse in Nigeria itself. The nation’s popular press blazon its bad news with shocking directness. Nigerians love to tell you stories about how terrible things are. Most stories end in laughter, but that doesn’t mean they don’t wish things were better.

After the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan in May, there was hope that Nigeria might just be starting to turn itself around. But then came ominous news. The oil minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, who also happens to be…

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