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Nigerian Minister Blames “Selfish Lawmakers” for Jeoparidizing Chinese Railway Loans

File photo of Nigerian Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

Nigeria’s outspoken Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi accused lawmakers in the House of Representatives of being “selfish” for launching a probe into a 2018 Chinese loan agreement.

Representatives erroneously thought that the waiver of a sovereign immunity clause in the loan contract meant that the country’s sovereignty would be compromised, when in fact that is not the case. Rotimi, in turn, said the whole affair had damaged the country’s reputation in the eyes of the Chinese and suggested that now loans for future railway projects are in jeopardy:

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