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In Nigeria, Where Money Talks, Reform Is the Word

Police call it “a kola nut.” Journalists call it “the brown envelope.” And politicians call it “a welfare package.” Whatever the name, the almighty bribe long has lubricated Nigerian society as it has few others on Earth. Corruption is so rampant that when the nation’s education minister, Fabian Osuji, was caught giving $400,000 to Nigerian lawmakers for favorable votes, he formally protested that such behavior was “common knowledge and practice at all levels of government.” Besides, Osuji added, he had struck a good deal; the lawmakers had asked for twice as much. He was fired from the government.Full Story

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