Special to the NNPA from GIN –
(GIN) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan may already have U.S. support locked up for a 2011 reelection bid. The rationale, according to an editorial in the Vanguard newspaper of Nigeria, is the global energy war.
The “war” pits the U.S. against China and India on one hand and the unstable supply source in the Middle East and Africa on the other. The battle is to decide who controls the supply source.
At stake is the $16 trillion investment in the development of oil production and distribution between 2011 to 2030 in anticipation of a rise in energy demand of 35 per cent.
Former American diplomats have been quietly meeting Nigeria’s officials of state, the paper reports, citing a recent visit by Walter Carrington, former US Ambassador to Nigeria, and a meeting between Hillary Clinton and Foreign Affairs Minister Odein Ajumogobia.
A further opportunity to burnish the Nigerian leader’s credentials comes next month when Pres. Jonathan attends the UN General Assembly in NY.
So far, other known aspirants to the Presidential seat are Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Otunba Dele Mommodu and Alhaji Ibrahim Shekerau. Anti-corruption fighter Nuhu Ribadu is also hinting at a possible run.
Tentative dates for the polls are Jan. 8-15, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
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