Inside Lagos

Jesse's Trip to Troubled Nigeria

JESSE JACKSON plans to go to Lagos, Nigeria, this week as a quasi-official U.S. envoy, but some Nigerians, including Nobel-prizewinning author Wole Soyinka, say Jackson's ties compromise his position. Moshood Abiola, the apparent winner of last year's presidential election, once donated $250,000 to a Jackson-backed campaign to build business links between Africans and black Americans. In the 1980s, Jackson borrowed an airliner from former strongman Ibrahim Babangida, the man who would not allow Abiola, now under arrest, to take office.

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