A Welcome Outstayed


Obasanjo, at left, is at odds with Vice President Abubakar, at right

When Chinese President Hu Jintao addressed Nigeria's National Assembly last week and spoke of the growing strategic relationship between China and Africa, parliamentarians gave him a standing ovation. But the National Assembly is less united on another matter: moves to change Nigeria's constitution to allow President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was elected in 1999 as the democratic savior of Africa's most populous nation, to run for a third four-year term in 2007.

Obasanjo himself has not publicly committed to running. But with a bill calling for a constitutional amendment now before parliament, the President's backers...

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