Speaking in Nigeria’s capital city yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized that country’s electoral system, saying there is a “lack of transparency and accountability.”
She then started down the same, well worn moral relativist road saying “You know, we had all kinds of problems in some of our past elections, as you might remember, in 2000, our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state. So we have our problems too.”
Does Hillary need a good advance person? Perhaps a memo or two describing the situation in Nigeria might help.
According to a Transparency International global survey this year, Nigeria’s political parties are riddled with corruption–the survey found Nigeria’s political system to be corrupt by a greater margin than any of the other 66 countries tracked.
The democracy watchdog Freedom House has rated Nigeria either “not free” or “partly free” since the 1980s. And in 2007, Umaru Yar’Adua won a presidential election following a campaign in which some 200 people were killed. Election monitors agreed that the election was rigged in his favor. The Bush administration said it was “deeply troubled” by the election, in which he garnered 70 percent of the vote.
But you know, we have our problems too. Wouldn’t Nigeria just love their troubles to involve a few tiny paper chads and fictitious nepotism.