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Schismatic Colossus: Nigeria’s Thrust for Greatness


For new Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua, the grand strategic objective is to progress from the perception of Nigeria as ‘merely’ a force multiplier, to becoming a stability and development multiplier. 

The elections of April 2007 in Nigeria, which brought Umaru Yar’Adua to power, seemed to presage stormy weather in Nigeria. The electoral process, which was riven by claims of massive irregularities, resulted in the election of a new president who many claimed had no legitimacy. President Yar’Adua faces a multitude of internal challenges, including corruption; resource, ethnic and religious conflict; and the problem of poverty. There are also regional and continental

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