|Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala|
The former Finance Minister of Olusegun Obasanjo was largely credited for the $18 billion debt cancellation from the Club of Paris. The Harvard trained former World Bank vice president was a woman on the rise, the "Corruption Cop" praised by Time magazine. Not only did she remove the clutches of the international creditors, but she also strove to restore the image of her country blamed for its corruption by Transparency International.
Last month, she was "redeployed" from Finance to Foreign Affairs. Several bloggers argued that this was a sign of bigger fate for her, others were contending that the hero was falling from grace. Appearances remained then intact, as she was still heading the country’s economic team. But this week, while she was negotiating in London for her country, she was sacked from the economic team. President Obasanjo once again showed how much he lacked courtesy. Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala responded with elegance and pride by resigning. This is so un-african, but at the same time so refreshing.
As for the reasons of her being sidelined by Obasanjo, you make your own call. Was she caught in the web of intrigues fomented at Aso Rock? Is it because she expressed reserves regarding a 3rd term for Obasanjo? Maybe one day we'll know the truth (I doubt so), but one can bet that her resignation is a prelude for a even stronger comeback in Nigerian politics. The whole story saddens me, but I guess, this is how goes the world. As Ethan Zuckerman brilliantly puts it: "Cut Corruption. Pay Debt. Accept Kudos. Get Fired."
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