SIKONATHI MANTSHANTSHA: Shakedowns and handshakes in Nigeria
Africa’s largest economy must decide if it wants to be a modern democracy and a free market or remain a Third World basket case in which the worst forms of behaviour thrive
Nigeria is at a crossroads. Africa’s most populous and largest economy must decide: does it want to be a modern democracy and a free market, anchored by the rule of law and institutions in which every man and woman can perform to the best of their ability? Or does it want to remain a Third World basket case in which the worst forms of behaviour thrive, to the detriment of future generations?
If Nigeria chooses to be the old Africa, where investors need brown envelopes stuffed with cash just to clear their path out of the Murtala Muhammed airport in order to do business, it is doing a great job if its treatment of the MTN Group* is anything to go by.