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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ
U.S. officials called for calm Wednesday ahead of this weekend's election in Senegal, where opposition leaders are vowing to render the West African nation ungovernable if its 85-year-old incumbent president seeks a third term.
Nigeria's Supreme Court is the vanguard of an emerging rule of law. Recent decisions constituted rebukes to former President Olusegun Obasanjo over ousting Vice President Atiku Abubakar from office and excluding him from the latest presidential balloting. The court has also aggressively asserted jurisdiction over high stakes electoral disputes a la Bush v. Gore (2000) in the United States. Equally important, Nigeria's new President Umaru Yar'Adua has enforced the Supreme Court's decrees with alacrity and celebrated the rule of law in his speeches and actions. In contrast, his predecessor maneuvered to circumvent or cripple adverse judicial rulings.
Mr. Obasanjo confidently avowed that the days of military intervention had permanently ended.
"Bosco, as far as I know, is not out of circulation," said former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is now U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for the Great Lakes region. "But I have no contact with him, and I prefer not to have contact with him."