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48. Indeed, his Information Minister, Dora Akunyili, went so far as to describe Yusuf’s death as “the best thing that could have happened to Nigeria.” Agence France-Presse, “Sect Leader’s Death Best Thing for Nigeria: Minister,” July 31, 2009.

49. United Nations, “2007/2008 Human Development Report,” 2008, p. 1, available from hdrstats.undp.org/countries/data_ sheets/cty_ds_NGA.html.

50. Andy Rowell, James Marriott, and Lorne Stockman, The Next Gulf, London, UK: Constable, 2005, p. 105.

51. Olayiwola Abegunrin, Nigerian Foreign Policy under Military Rule, 1966-1999, Westport, CT, and London, UK: Praeger, 2003, p. 169.

52. John Ghazvinian, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil, London, UK: Harcourt, 2007, pp. 96-98.

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2007, available from www.transparency.org.

57. Transparency International, “2008 Corruption Perceptions Index,” 2008, available from www.transparency.org/news_room/in_ focus/2008/cpi2008/cpi_2008_table.

58. Then it stood at 42.8 years. United Nations, “2007/2008 Human Development Report,” 2008, p. 1, available from hdrstats. undp.org/countries/data_sheets/cty_ds_NGA.html.

59. Department for International Development, “Nigeria,” June 2008, p. 1, available from www.dfid.giv.uk/countries/africa/ Nigeria-facts.asp.

60. Ibid.

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