October 8, 2005


Obasanjo in Liberian poll talks (BBC, 10/08/05)

Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has arrived in Liberia to meet the 22 presidential candidates taking part in next week's first post-war election.

He played a key role in brokering a 2003 peace deal and granted asylum to Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor. [...]

He also ensured the polls take place on time when he persuaded two politicians' who had belatedly been allowed to join the presidential race, to withdraw. Interim leader Gyude Bryant thanked Nigeria for its role in Liberia's peace process.

"In our recent history, Nigeria has done more for Liberia than any single member state of this global world," Mr Bryant said.

Nigeria has made remarkable democratic progress itself in recent years and there's no more hopeful sign in Africa than one of its largest states becoming a force for liberalization. A decade or so of such good works and it would be a serious contender for the eventual African permanent Security Council seat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2005 9:02 AM

"Nigeria" is a taboo "unPC" word on the Tallahassee Democrat online edition's discussion board. I had to change the spelling to "9geria".
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Posted by: Felix Lahiguera at October 8, 2005 9:32 AM

I don't know if discussion boards have the same problem our comments do, but that may because the word appears in junk comments so much.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2005 10:08 AM

Yes. Give it enough time and you won't be able to type that word anywhere on the web. Of course we're already looking forward to our first e-mail from the president of the 9gerian National Bank.

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 8, 2005 12:16 PM

I think the word "Liberia" is obscene.

Posted by: Ignacius Dalrymple at October 9, 2005 12:53 AM