In a world less warped by racist double standards where human rights are concerned, the bogus arrest, kangaroo-court trial and harsh sentencing of General Olusegun Obasanjo would have produced front-page headlines and a torrent of protests. Instead the persecution of one of Africa's foremost proponents of democracy by Nigeria's brutal military regime has caused hardly a ripple outside a small circle of government leaders and human-rights activists. Is this because the press and general public, including African Americans, take assaults on political freedom perpetrated by black dictators against their own black citizens less seriously than other such crimes? The answer, shamefully,...

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