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Electoral calculations impede Nigeria’s economic reformsAnalysts warn of a ‘lost year’ in efforts

A hotel clerk in Maiduguri counts naira banknotes. The currency’s value has plummeted since 2015 © Bloomberg

Late last year, the Nigerian government announced, to great fanfare, that it would finally remove a petrol subsidy that costs the revenue-strapped country billions of dollars a year.

It would be done by mid-2022, said finance minister Zainab Ahmed, who called th