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Victims of a blast lie on the ground as fire and smoke rise at a bus park in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 14, 2014.
Victims of a blast lie on the ground as fire and smoke rise at a bus park in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 14, 2014.
(KAYODE OLAMIKAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

How Africa’s wealthiest nation is spiralling out of control

Africa’s biggest and wealthiest country is being torn apart by a violent insurgency. Its government has repeatedly failed to control the threat, and its deadly revenge attacks by murderous soldiers are turning the crisis into a far worse disaster.

This is the deteriorating situation in Nigeria, newly crowned as Africa’s richest country (and the 26th biggest economy in the world) after a revision of its economic data this month. With its oil wealth and the biggest population on the continent, Nigeria should be capitalizing on Africa’s economic boom. Instead its future is in jeopardy.