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Letter from Africa: On Buhari and Forgiveness in Nigeria

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani | BBC Africa   in  ·
July 15, 2015

In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers Nigerians’ tendency to forgive past misdemeanours and what it means for the country’s new president.

In Nigeria, it is quite common that if you fire someone for gross misconduct, that person will turn up days later in the company of his or her grey-haired, widowed mother and maybe an aged uncle and a pregnant wife.

Together, they kneel at your doorstep and beg you to forgive, promising that the recalcitrant person will act differently if re-employed.


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