The Truth Behind Dangote’s Wealth, The Cabal, Border Closure, Tokunbo Ban And Impoverishing Nigerians

  • In a December 1996 interview, Aliko Dangote admitted that a government mandate once forced him to import so much rice that the local market crashed by almost 80 percent. [2] USA Cables
  • The Dangote paradigm demonstrates how easily one powerful person can disrupt Nigeria’s floundering democratic and economic liberalization processes. USA Cables
  • Along with outright money laundering and corruption, the Dangote paradigm is arguably one of the key factors making Nigeria a politically and economically volatile country and a risky place to do business. USA Cables
  • Aliyu Mohammed (Gusau) said that Dangote and the other  “Transcorp boys” seek a Yar’Adua presidency to facilitate their gaining control over most of Nigeria’s oil and gas production. USA Cables c/o Wikileaks

Oct. 5, 2013

*Editor Note- Article being revised with new information we are reviewing

NewsRescue– Our recent articles, Dangote Refinery: Nigerians Will Pay Double For Petroleum and Paying Double The World Price: Dangote Cements Nigerians In Poverty, have sensitized many Nigerians and stirred up much discourse and reaction including a defense from a “Dangote company Treasurer.”

In these articles, we described the “Dangote Business model” and informed Nigerians on how Dangote, and a hand-full of Nigerian cabal, set-up and control the Nigerian administration and together, cement the masses in permanent poverty. Dangote, the world’s 40th richest man has been described by the US according to wikileaks reports as operating a “Beggar-thy-countrymen” ie-  get rich by turning Nigerians into beggars, business model.

Via government enforced advantages and monopolies and the destruction of all competition by his government stooges, the greatest benefactor of Nigeria’s corrupt governments over the years, Aliku Dangote, the embodiment of corruption itself, establishes himself in unimaginable wealth, and then buys press to placate the masses by making them believe that a few ‘slave-labor’ employments and charities define him as different, patriotic and benevolent. Contrary to popular narration, Dangote did not invest in Nigeria, Dangote uses Nigeria. Nigeria’s governments deposited the nations resource in Dangote.

In order to appreciate the nations predicament, we are fortunate to have the Wikileaks US cables, courtesy of Julian Assange, to digest the US account of his history, which includes his “admission” of crashing local market of rice due to excessive importation mandated by Nigerian government’s exclusive rights:

The “Miracle” Of Dangote’s Rags To Riches History According to The US Cables

Wikileaks: Jullian Assange

Wikileaks: Jullian Assange

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Classified By: Consul General Brian Browne
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7. (C) Dangote’s shift toward manufacturing accords with the GON’s nationalistic economic policies, which place a premium on domestic manufacturing and production. What we don’t know is whether Dangote and others like him helped drive the policy or whether their actions were driven by the government policy. Reality is probably a mixture of both.

8. (C) In part, because of this shared dream, the Government has been very supportive of Dangote. We know the company at one time or another held exclusive import rights in sugar, cement, and rice using such advantages to do volume business and undercut competitors. In a December 1996 interview, Aliko Dangote admitted that a government mandate once forced him to import so much rice that the local market crashed by almost 80 percent. [2] The direction of GON trade barriers also suggests preferential treatment. High tariffs or outright bans on imported items favor the Group in nearly all areas in which they do business including wheat flour, cement, certain textiles, sugar and pasta.

“The subsequent administration of General Sani Abacha did little to advance the privatization process. His administration’s policies were, though, favourable to Dangote’s trading interests. In December 1996, for instance, “Abacha ordered Dangote to flood the nation’s markets with rice and he imported so much that the price of rice collapsed by almost 80%!” <> (31 July 2014).

9. (C) Further, the GON is normally slow in privatizing state-owned production facilities. Yet the Dangote Group swiftly won bids on GON-owned manufacturing installations such as the Benue Cement Company and the Savannah Sugar Company, and constructed its own berth at GON-owned Apapa port in Lagos where ships with production inputs offload directly at the Dangote Group factory.

Early and Easy Access to Political Favoritism

10. (U) Dangote is revered for his assumed rise from rags to riches but his family connections reveal a privileged beginning. Dangote is from the prominent Dantata family of Kano State. The Dantata family made its name and wealth in commodity trading. When in his early twenties Dangote showed promise as a young businessperson, his uncle Sanusi Dantata loaned him naira 500,000 (at the time worth USD 500,000) to start out on his own.

11. (C) Because of their influence in the Hausa and Muslim communities, Dangote and Dantata have always been useful to both the civilian and military leaders who ruled Nigeria. Dangote enjoyed GON favoritism in the form of importing rights throughout the military regimes and coups of the 1980s and 90s. Though he has connections with political figures throughout the country, his link to Obasanjo (OBJ) paid off when OBJ was elected president in 1999. Since then, Dangote’s market advantages and growth have multiplied.

12. (C) Dangote purportedly contributed 200 million naira (about $1.5 million at the time) to Obasanjo’s first election campaign, and in 2003 at least another one billion naira (about USD 7.5 million) for the second term. Dangote is a known contributor to the PDP party. He is a close friend with the governors of Kwara, Kogi, and Ogun states. He also enjoys support from the Sokoto Caliphate, the spiritual and political seat of power of Muslims and members of the Hausa tribe.

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Nigeria’s Dangote Paradigm Stands in the Way of Economic
Liberalization and Democracy
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13. (C) The special relationship Dangote holds with the GON defines the Dangote paradigm. The paradigm demonstrates how easily one powerful person can disrupt Nigeria’s floundering democratic and economic liberalization processes. Along with outright money laundering and corruption, the Dangote paradigm is arguably one of the key factors making Nigeria a politically and economically volatile country and a risky place to do business.

14. (C) Dangote openly asserts the GON should do more to manage the economy through protectionist measures to assist what he calls the “Nigerian Industrial Renaissance.” He has no qualms about “alerting the government” or “giving direction” in industrial policymaking. Dangote and some members of the GON justify this protectionism with examples such as US corporate and railroad barons and the gilded era of the late 1800s. This, they say, is the way to lay the foundation for economic growth, particularly in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. However, these alleged historic parallels do not mask the fact that the chummy relationship between Dangote and the GON, while superficially promoting manufacturing in some sectors, is causing destructive and derailing economic activity and democracy in other areas.


Consul Brian Browne

Consul Brian Browne

¶16. (C) Dangote’s tremendous popularity and acceptance is not likely to diminish. The average Nigerian considers him, and more importantly, his way of doing business, a model to be emulated. The fact is, however, the myriad preferences the GON has bestowed on the Dangote Group have distorted the market in ways that do more harm than good over the long haul. However, the Nigerian Government rarely takes a long-term perspective into account. The GON-Dangote relationship has been, at minimal, very chummy and mutually accommodating. Critics of this relationship would state that it smacks of insider trading.
Dangote does not epitomize the free market at work in Nigeria.What his story reveals is that he is one of the few free-wheeling actors in a relatively and artificially closed economic environment.

To Be A Dangote

The undue and corrupt mutually beneficial advantage given by all Nigeria’s administrations, both military and civilian are the “secret” to Dangote’s success. Dangote kills Nigerians with economic terrorism. Fixing Nigeria starts with holding him and those who have impoverished the nation to his and their advantage to account. Since the 70’s Dangote has enjoyed sole importation and manufacture privileges that have killed and crippled all Nigeria’s indigenous industries including farming.

A blogger in 2003 expressed on the NigeriaVillageSquare:

“Aliko Dangote, at the age of 21 in 1977 was given virtually the same privileges he’s got today by the military government of you guess who, Obasanjo. Here was a boy, who knew nothing about business and with no formal education, purportedly understudying his uncle, Sanusi Dantata, given the exclusive right to import cement into the country on behalf of a government involved in a spate of capital projects in those days, made possible by petrodollar. Now, does it need a genius to note that anyone given such a privilege would become an instant billionaire?”

The partnership between Dangote and Obasanjo is “occult.”

The Cabal: Dangote And Obasanjo

The Cabal: Dangote And Obasanjo; the two men own over half of Nigeria by their private and government corrupt collaboration

Again The Cabal, Dangote and a Nigerian we have analysed to be the chief terror mastermind, Aliyu Gusau, ensured they returned Obasanjo to power in 1999 to satisfy their personal interests. Gusau believed Obasanjo will handover the country to him at the end of his tenures, as he illustrated in his constant whining to the US diplomats, and Dangote sponsored the bid with the assurance of usurping the entire wealth of the nation. See: Nigeria’s Terror: Between Die-to-rule spymaster Gusau and Beggar-thy-countrymen Dangote

Of installing Obasanjo and later on, the Yar’Adua administration, wikileaks reported the US as describing:

Dangote and Transcorp Buys the Presidency – Cables

Dangote and OBJ Impose A Dying Yar'Adua And Jonathan on Nigeria

Dangote and OBJ Plant Dying Yar’Adua And Jonathan on Nigeria

¶4.(S) Aliyu Mohammed, saying he was quoting Yar’Adua directly, said that Obasanjo
had “ordered” the Katsina governor to contest for the Presidency. When Yar’Adua
objected that the state of his health precluded it, Obasanjo countered that “God
will cure you
,” and undertook to cover all medical expenses. When Yar’Adua said
he had no money, Obasanjo organized financial angels, all associated with Transcorp
and led by Northern millionaire Alhaji Aliko Dangote. This group is supplying the
Yar’Adua campaign with 45 jeeps (of which four are armored), a war chest of
5 billion naira, and a rented jet. (Aliyu Mohammed said that Dangote and the other
“Transcorp boys” seek a Yar’Adua presidency to facilitate their gaining control
over most of Nigeria’s oil and gas production.)
Andy Uba, recently selected as
PDP gubernatorial candidate for Anambra state, has been a “special assistant” to
President Obasanjo; he has no independent power base of his own, and is
widely disliked because of his arrogance. Aliyu Mohammed went on to say that
the President had ordered the arrest of the chief of staff to Rivers State
Governor Peter Odili to warn the latter away from seeking the vice presidential
nomination himself.

7 years! The Ridiculous Cement Concessions By Obasanjo And the Resulting Exploitation of Nigerians

7 years is a Biblical term during which debts can be expunged, it is also the time limit for yet to be convicted crimes to be expunged in the US. 7 years is time enough to make or destroy a man or a nation. It is this length of time that the Obasanjo presidency gave Dangote to destroy all other cement companies in Nigeria and establish himself as Nigeria’s sole cement manufacturer.

The Guardian on 4/24/03 writes :

  • Dangote gets concessions for cement production

From Madu Onuorah, Abuja
THE Federal Government yesterday rolled out several incentives to an indigenous conglomerate, the Dangote Group, in its efforts to encourage Nigerians to invest locally.  The business concession is to enable the company actualise an $850 million
project involving the establishment of cement production plants in three locations in Nigeria.

Minister of Transport, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, announced after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, yesterday that the incentives included the granting of pioneer status to the company in the area of cement production for seven years.

This means that within the period, no new cement plant will be established in the country. Other incentives include the granting of 2.5 per cent duty on all plants, machinery and quarry equipment, exemption from payment of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on all plant, machinery and quarry equipment and the payment of only five per cent duty on construction materials not available within the country.

In its request to the council for establishment of the plants in Ogun, Kogi and Cross River states, the Dangote Group requested from the Federal Government the following investment palliatives;

pioneer status for 10 years; exemption of payment of duties on all plant, machinery and quarry equipment;

exemption of payment of VAT on all plant, machinery and quarry equipment; exemption of payment of duties on construction materials not locally available; massive road construction at sites of the plant by the Federal Government, and; permission to import five million metric tonnes of bulk cement at a maximum rate of five per cent duties.

The three plants located in Ibesha, Obagana and Odukpani, are expected to produce 4.3 million metric tonnes of cement yearly by the year 2005.

Maduekwe explained, “we are doing this to serve notice that this government is willing to support companies which are willing to vote (for the country) with their cheque books. They need to put their money in their country. This is a government that is encouraging the business class. We are ready to do it for other companies as we did to Dangote”.

The result of this undue and criminal advantage, was Dangote who had by then first bought cement companies in neighboring African countries, imported bulk cement into Nigeria with his 5% maximum duties and sold this cement at ridiculous prices to crumble and destroy all his competition. The government of Obasanjo also ensured he and he alone bought all available cement plants.

Kenn commented in 2003:

Did you know that Iyorchia Ayu lost his job as Minister of Industries for insisting that a more competent and qualified bidder takes over Benue Cement?

AllAfrica: Making the denial in an exclusive interview with THISDAY in Abuja at the weekend, Dr. Ayu said that rather, Dangote’s involvement in the purchase of BCC as core investor was political and not based on pure business interest.

I’m sure you’re aware that Dangote is the spirit behind the so-called “Corporate Nigeria” raising billions of naira for Obasanjo’s re-election. I’m sure you’re also aware that he was “the young Kano businessman” that parachuted the intimidating tonnes of Ghana-Must-Go into the PDP convention ground. He’s also rumoured to have backed all the PDP governorship aspirants in the South-West, including Bukola Saraki in Kwara. This is quite apart from the claim that he’s the linchpin of Babangida’s 2007 project – his specific brief being to create and facilitate support in the South-West for the Evil Genius. And, isn’t it conveniently coincidental that he’s getting this immediately after the Presidential elections? And, by the way, how does “permission to import five million metric tonnes of bulk cement at a maximum rate of five percent duties” (note that no one is taking minimum) help in the indigenous production of cement, even as we all know that the raw material abounds in our country?

There’s nothing wrong with national governments supporting indigenous private enterprise in order to improve competitive advantage, but check all the relevant and successful examples, from South Korea to Japan or China and one thing you see is that they’re usually directed at a group/industry; it’s never done for the benefit of a single individual. What is being done with Dangote in the name of promoting indigenous business is simply crass favouritism. To put it bluntly, he’s a front for those who’re using their political power to provide him these privileges. It is criminal, to say the least.

Dangote Repays Nigeria For Our Generosity By Then Selling Cement To Masses At Triple Global Price

The most important problem with all this is the result. If Dangote was appreciative and fearful enough of the sacrifice Nigeria, Nigerian businesses and the Nigerian government had given him, he would sell his cement, now that he has established himself as the top producer, at costs that are considerate. Not, Aliku Beggar-they-countrymen Dangote. Dangote rather ensured that he, supplying up to 90% of Nigeria’s cement, forced the price per bag up to N2900, about $17/bag. This is over three times the global average for the product.

Dying Yar’Adua tried to no avail to beg the evil Don Dangote to cut prices of cement down to N1000 per bag to allow growth. Dangote blackmailed Yar’Adua according to this report:

Back-off Cement or face the Consequences, Dangote tells Yar’Adua

A fresh offensive to bring down the price of cement has already hit a snag as the powerful cement cartel led by billionaire business magnate, Alhaji Aliko Dangote are digging trenches ahead of what promises to be an imminent showdown with President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua over a planned move to grant more cement import licenses to importers outside the main industry cartel.

Late Yar'Adua

Late Yar’Adua Tried

Sources at the Presidency told that whereas President Yar’adua wants to force down the price of cement to at least N1000 per bag, Dangote remains hell-bent on keeping the price at its current average level of N2000 per bag, in order to continue reaping the astronomical profits he has been earning because of his oligopolistic status within the sector.
“If the government grants licenses to people to import cement, we’ll close down our factories and lay-off workers; and when that happens, the domestic production capacity will reduce drastically; supply will still not match demand and the prices will even sky-rocket further. My advice is that the president should back-off the cement industry or face the consequences”, Dangote was quoted as warning Yar’adua by an industry source who elected anonymity…..

It is amazing how a shriveled conscience like Dangote can be allowed to inflict so much pain on other Nigerians,” the source told, adding: “President Yar’Adua is greatly concerned that the cement cartel is frustrating his efforts to enable more Nigerians own houses by keeping the price of cement above the reach of many citizens. He has therefore begun a process of dismantling the cartel as he did in the downstream sector of the oil industry to curb the excesses of fuel marketers and nothing; not even Dangote will stop the President.”Hulu; 7 July 2009

beggar-thy-countrymen-dangoteUnfortunately death stopped Yar’Adua. Hopefully he wasn’t poisoned.

One must commend the Jonathan administration for being able to force a tiny reduction in sale price on assumption of power in respect to this ungratefulness and criminal exploitation and profiteering on the backs of the Nigerian masses. Jonathan forced the cement manufacturers to reduce the cost. Cement now sells in Nigeria for N1650-1800/bag. That is about $10-11/bag. Our article, Paying Double The World Price: Dangote Cements Nigerians In Poverty details how this is still twice the global average for the same size product. A writer online reacted to this, proposing that the fact that the Dangote company declares “outrageous” profits indicated the exorbitant sale price of his cement was not related to the cost of production, which includes electricity generation, but set out of sheer wickedness and greed.

Ibeto Cement confirms that cement should sell for N800 a bag at the most with all production costs and government advantages given to Dangote considered.

AllAfrica: Shareholders of Dangote Cement Plc (DCP) are to reap a double for the year ended December 31, 2011, as the company has recommended the payment of cash dividend and bonus issue. [Selling at double reaps double. His exploitative rate is not due to the cost of power generation, etc.]

The Jonathan administration continues the Dangote favoritism, continuing to destroy all other cement competitors, to ensure Dangote maintains his exploitative monopoly. According to the Punch,

Cement price still defies laws of demand and supply: March 21, 2013 by Samuel Awoyinfa, Nigerian Punch

“Sometime in June, 2012, Ibeto Cement had to seek a legal option to retain its import license when the FG tried to stop it.The latter’s action was said to be based on advice allegedly offered by local manufacturers (Guess who?). Reacting to this trend, the chairman of New Entrants into Cement Production, Mr. David Iweta, says there is a need for the local manufacturers to review their prices downwards, since there are many variables that work in their favour, which the importers of the commodity do not enjoy….”

Iweta sees no reason why a bag of 50kg bag of cement should be sold above N800, since local manufacturers are using lime stones, which are sourced locally, as raw materials. Besides, he notes that labour is available and cheap. He says, “I believe it is exploitation for Nigerians to pay above N800 for a 50kg bag of cement as retail price. Let them reduce it to N700 and see how the commodity will disappear from the market.”

Also, Iweta does not see wisdom in selling imported and locally produced cement at the same price. According to him, an importer pays $100 on cost and freight  per metric tonne of cement. He says the locally produced cement should be cheaper than the imported variety because the latter attracts duty and 35 per cent levy, which is another $35 per tonne.

“The local manufacturers do not pay these levies. So, their prices should be cheaper. Imported cement sells within the same price range as the locally-produced ones. This should not be,” Iweta stresses. Read full on Punch

The Same Plan Again With Tokunbo Cars

FIGHT-THE-CABALNigeria’s government again decided to punish the masses by creating similar advantages and frustrations for its people while favoring the cabal. The plan to ban the importation of Tokunbo cars was eagerly announced after the Minister of Industry who is eager to stamp his name on the sands of time; after many meetings with the cabal and car manufacturers, planned to once again frustrate all car dealers, a 320,000 Nigerians employing industry, out of business, in favor of the hand full of cabal who intend to usurp this industry and extort the masses.

It is a trade-off, manufacturing for exploitation and enslavement of the masses to the cabal, who will sell worse or same products at the highest prices worldwide.

NewsRescue sources have described unbelievable lobbying that has been going on in Nigeria ahead of this announcement of a proposed ban. The plan that has been on the table with dealers like Coscharis Group Motors, Elizade motors and others who have been lobbying strongly, is for them to work with foreign car companies and bring them to assemble and manufacture in Nigeria. However as is with the Nigerian system as exemplified by the Dangote cement model, these cabal will manufacture and sell these cars of select choices and forced on Nigerians for whatever price they wish. And the people will first be punished to support the cabal company stock and assure them of government favor, before any cars are even produced.

Dangote Is The Cabal Archetype Behind Nigeria’s Suffering, Bad Government, Corruption and Poverty

nigeria-to-cabalThis man, who has risen to global wealth status epitomizes Nigeria’s biggest problems. He is the head of the cabal behind Nigeria’s biggest political party, the PDP. He chooses and sponsors the presidential candidates who can help him totally exploit the nation. As the cable report stated, his aim is to take over control of all Nigeria’s oil, gas and other resources.

With his government favoritism, he collapses all competition and small businesses in Nigeria and establishes himself as the sole importer or manufacturer.

One wonders if when Nigeria begins its touted exportation, Dangote will sell his $hit abroad for $13.00, that’s the $11 he sells it to Nigerians plus export costs. He’ll probably export it for $2/bag!

Nigerians are grateful that he employs them (slaves) to labor in his companies, they fail to realize that he can not employ animals or use machines to work his industries that make the product he uses in Nigerian markets to rip them off of their future. See: SaharaReporters-No To Slave Labour At Dangote’s Savannah Sugar Company

As a best analogy, Dangote is just like the European colonialist. He imposes governments, steals resource and labor, and ’employs’ a slave labor for self enrichment in the same model they ran the sugar plantations in Africa. Thanking him for his industries and jobs is just like revering the White man for the employment of slavery. Like a parasite, he needs Nigeria, his host. He did not invest his money in Nigeria, the system Obasanjo and others run through him is a Nigeria based corporate siphon and exploitation by assuming the role of the government.

Obasanjo Even Hurriedly Auctioned Nigeria’s Refineries To Dangote: Thankfully Yar’Adua Reversed It –Leadership

Before his hurried exit from the presidency following the humiliation of the aborted term elongation, former president Obasanjo auctioned Nigeria’s most prized national assets, the Warri and Kaduna refineries to Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola. It took the rare courage of late President Musa Yar’Adua to listen to the national outrage trailing the auction and reverse it. –Read more on Leadership ; President Yar’adua, Reverses The Sales Of African Petroleum In National InterestGamji

The lack of maintenance of Nigeria’s national assets is not unlinked to the commitment to selling them to, and replacing them by the Cabal, of which Dangote is chief front-man.

A few challenge him to make his money and take his products to compete in normal markets and countries.

We earlier wrote that it can be predicted that when Dangote’s refinery is operational, Nigerians will pay double the price for petroleum products. The removal of the government oil subsidy January 2012, is very much related to the preparation of the pathway to the Dangote refinery. This removal by Jonathan helped boost the worth of Dangote’s refinery stock and helps him get loans to invest in the project. It is the same Obasanjo method of crippling the government ability and crippling the masses to make Dangote. Related: AP Shareholders To Petition London Stock Exchange over Dangote

Nigerians are also happy with his pennies in charity which help him get tax breaks as is done by all other big companies. Nigerian breweries for instance sponsors shows all over Nigeria all year round, not because they love to party, but as donations to reduce their levied tax.

SaharaReporters: Aliko Dangote Is A Criminal

the cabal thiefWhat he passes as entrepreneurial practices are brigandage and piracy personified.  A few years ago, when someone I know attempted to import corned beef into Nigeria from Botswana for distribution, he couldn’t on the grounds that it was on the prohibited list.  When I nosed around, I ascertained that this same criminal, Aliko Dangote imports into Nigeria and distributes all manner of corned beef from Argentina, Brazil and Australia.  His shenanigan over cement stinks to high heavens. … after I discerned that every iota of cement that comes into Nigeria was through Aliko Dangote. …that the decision made in high quarters is that every cement importation must be left in the hands of manufacturers.  Who else constitutes cement manufacturers in Nigeria?  Aliko Dangote, the criminal. Closer investigation that I conducted clearly revealed that this Aliko Dangote has exclusive access, use and control of the Onne wharf in Port Harcourt… that anyone, be the one from the customs, or any other state establishment that tries to venture close to that wharf will receive the lashing of his or her life from the goons that man the place for Aliko Dangote.  It’s right through Onne that he imports and exports whatever he wants.  Read full

The current biggest enemy and obstacle to Nigeria’s development and democracy is the cabal, and the one man at the head of this small group is Dangote who is successfully turning Nigerians into beggars, as the US regards it.

It is commonly said in Dangote’s Kano, with its 1.5 million Almajiri (beggars) that “dog is more loved in Kano than Dangote.”


Summarizing, a US wikileak cable put it thus:

1. (C) Summary. Alhaji Aliko Dangote (Dangote) is Nigeria’s most well known
businessperson and may be its wealthiest citizen. He has taken on
the aura of an economic folk hero for some, villain for others.
To supporters, he symbolizes that Nigeria can do more than barter and
trade. It can succeed in manufacturing. To detractors, he is
a predator using connections in a corrupt political economy to tilt
the playing field in his favor and sideline potential competition.
The truth resides somewhere between these caricatures.

Dangote is counted among President Obasanjo’s inner circle of business
advisors. It is no coincidence that many products on Nigeria’s import
ban lists are items in which Dangote has major interests

2. (C) Summary Cont’d: Although an undiluted success in terms of wealth accumulation,
Dangote personifies the duality in Nigeria’s economy. This duality
presents a dilemma for US economic policy. On one hand, Dangote imports
significant amounts of US produce and equipment for his manufacturing
ventures. On the other, he has had success blocking trade and investment
that might compete with his enterprises. Weighing everything in
the balance, we believe the Dangote model is harmful to Nigerian and
American interests in the long run. Unfortunately, the Dangote model
will likely be the one most emulated until its beggar-thy-countrymen
contradictions become more apparent
. End summary.

Investing In Nigeria: Stricter Global Enforcement Against Laundering

Dangote ‘investing in Nigeria’ pleases some Nigerians. And regardless of knowledge that he robs millions, a few he employs to run his businesses, garners some public support. The truth however is that Nigerian embezzlers have learned from the mistakes of the past looters have lost most of their wealth hoarded abroad. New methods of modernized tracking of wealth by the global finance bodies further complicates the transfers. Google’s Eric Schmidt recently discussed his agencies increasing role in tracking Africa’s corrupt moneys. According to another wikileaks cable, Babangida lost most of his wealth when Aliyu Dasuki suddenly died. Gusau marrying his widow, Jamila, who is also the current NSA Dasuki’s sister, was to try and sabotage and keep the wealth in the caucus. Abacha’s money got lost too. Ibori is in prison in UK. Nigeria’s government thieves and the cabal now invest locally, rather than risk losing it by shipping it abroad. Only after they have purified the money via some profiteering business in Nigeria, do they then send this ‘legitimate’ funds abroad. The cable accused Dangote as being their efficient launderer. The cabal keep learning, the mistakes leading to the death of Abiola for instance, make them resolve to stay out of direct politics.

Nigeria, Where Crime Is Revered: Jonathan Gave GCON To Nigeria’s Top Cabal Crook

To add insult to the injury Nigerian’s bear from this dangerous grand crook, on 14th November, 2011, president Goodluck Jonathan awarded his sponsor and puppet master, Dangote the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), the nation’s second highest award, previously the exclusive preserve of Vice Presidents, Senate Presidents and Chief Justices of Nigeria.

GCON: Nigeria where crime is rewarded

GCON: Nigeria where crime is rewarded

The more Nigerians boycott Dangote goods, the better their hope of forcing changes for their survival. Ultimately only a revolution or a decent government he is not in bed with can bring him to book. Right now, he owns and controls president Jonathan like his puppy.

Read: Dr. Damages interviews Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke: He is a very dangerous man…they allowed Dangote Cement, an unquoted company, to merge with Benue Cement Company. Something that is unheard of. And with that merger, that man now has 51% of Nigeria’s total market capitalization. No serious government anywhere in the world will leave its economy in the hands of one man. It is very dangerous. …the Federal government lost N25 billion in the Dangote Cement merger with Benue Cement. Dangote pocketed N20 billion

A reader’s comment of note:

Kudos to newsrescue for being brave and honest enough to expose this. Other newspapers are afraid of this thief or seeking his favor. why should i pay DOUBLE to build my house because a greedy man like this who government has criminally disproportionately advantaged, wants todeclare DOUBLE profit for his fellow cabal and foreign investors!!! God bless

Deadly Boko Haram, which Dangote has said is not Nigeria’s major problem (he proposes infrastructure building which he owns as the major issue), and tribalism keep Nigerians distracted, not noticing their country is being transferred to this Cabal.

To protect the image he gets in the press, you will see his sponsored ads on almost all Nigerian newspapers and popular blogs. Look out for the emblem that lets you know Aliko beggar-thy-countrymen Dangote runs what you read:

Immunity from criticism of the press bought by paid sponsored adsdangote cement

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of NewsRescue

by Dr. Mustapha Johnson, Hamza Suleiman and Newsrescue Staff




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    Ojaix 8 October, 2013 at 05:28 Reply

    Most of these comments by wikileak are the personal opinion of individuals named in almost all the write ups. It’s left for us as intelligent readers to make our own judgments on these comments and not assume that the opinions of these individuals are correct. Wikileak did not make any conclusions either but are simply publishing the opinions or conclusions of others. Politics and Capitalism work hand in hand and in every system there will be power brokers and economic behemoths. We can sit here and complain all day of the billionaires among us or we can begin to look for and take advantage of the opportunities before us. The writers job is to write and sell himself. What are the rest of us selling for others to buy?

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      yomi olore 8 October, 2013 at 06:00 Reply

      Great comment. But what about when Dangote in cahoots with the government who he owns/own him block all our opportunities, giving him SOLE monopoly. We are doomed beggars be dat?

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        Ojaix 8 October, 2013 at 15:28 Reply

        “Doomed beggars”? Never call yourself what you don’t intend to become. Your focus will determine your mindset and your experience. There are people leaving the US and Europe to live in Nigeria because they have discovered great opportunities for success there while many living in it are busy complaining about politics and politicians. There is not perfect system and we will never have a perfect world. There are jobless people in the wealthiest Nations of the world. There are American citizens who live on the streets.

        Too many in Nigeria have been waiting forever for the government to save us from poverty and to hand us prosperity. We have become blinded to the endless number of options for Enterprise and Industry around us. Has the price of cement, sugar and fuel become the mountain that you cannot climb? Are you telling me that if Dangote was not alive you would have been a wealthy man? When you hand over the power for your success to another individual then you are correct when you call yourself doomed.

        You complain about politicians and oil majors moving monies from Nigeria to foreign banks and boosting their credit potentials there. Now you see an individual who is massively investing resources in Nigeria’s economy and you complain about monopoly and oligopoly. How come we quickly learn big and powerful words to describe our problems but we have never learned the words that speak of our victory over them.

        Open you eyes and look around you. There are young people creating wealth in Nigeria everyday. There are new opportunities in Agriculture, entertainment, transportation and countless other forms of services. What you give your attention to will dominate your thinking and determine your possibilities. You have just one shot at life. Stop wasting it in endless complaints. Start applying yourself to whatever is useful towards the achievement of your dreams.

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          Fancy Thief Still A Thief 8 October, 2013 at 15:50 Reply

          He is not investing his money. he is investing our money in Nigeria. Our money OBJ gave him to hold for us. And our money he steals from us by rewarding us with his monopoly selling cement at double the price. There is nothing wrong with the author calling our biggest thief, our biggest thief. We can do us and still call a thif a thief, or are you afraid of that? Petty thieves are suffering in jail, and because the big thief stole plenty money, we want to ignore? Our conscience will judge us.

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            Ojaix 8 October, 2013 at 16:07

            Our money? There’s nothing like our money. You better find a way to build your personal wealth or you’ll die in poverty believing that other people are spending your money.

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            thief like thieg 8 October, 2013 at 16:20

            Nigeriad money is my money, dont know about u. And when the govt stifles me to be compel to buy essentials at two times the price from their friends, they have stolen even more of my money.

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            Ojaix 8 October, 2013 at 20:18

            Good luck with collecting your money from the government. I’m collecting mine from you daily as you buy my products and use my services. Maybe you should learn something from me.

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            thief like thief 8 October, 2013 at 20:33

            from your first post, it has been obvious you have shares in Dangote cement and this clouds your sence of decency. Unless we will build our houses from clay we are FORCED in your interest by the government-conspirator thieves, to pay twice the world price per bag of cement, to feed your insatiable greed. God dey. 1000 days for the thief and one day for d owner. Someone said, one day the poor will have nothing left to eat than to eat the cabal. One day the terrtists will divert their focus from the masses they are paid by the cabal to kill unto their sponsors. one day.

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            Ojaix 8 October, 2013 at 21:23

            Unfortunately I do not yet have shares in any of Dangote’s companies and I will jump at an opportunity to buy some if it does come. The trouble with Nigerian youth right now is that they have been so badly “miseducated” by bad leadership that many have taken the ignorant stance that their prosperity and well being is in the hand of the government. Please wake up. No government in the world is designed to help you become rich. At best they will help you access basic amenities and make you pay the taxes through your nose. We have bad leadership and greedy politicians and businessmen in our country and even if complain about them until you are in your seventies they will still be there.

            My post is not in support of any side of the argument but to help the youths of this great country to stop deceiving themselves that we have no opportunities in our Nation. If its not Dangote it would be another individual lobbying for a bigger spot in the National economic space. Every nation has them.

            If the price of cement were lower than the rest of the world today would you have built your own house? That is the question to ask yourself. Are there young Nigerians building houses even with the current cost of cement? Stop complaining and start positioning yourself for progress and enterprise otherwise when Nigeria begins to make economic improvements many young people would be too blind to even see it.

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            thief like thief 8 October, 2013 at 22:03

            Welk said for a forrunate have’er. I set myself, i invested thousands in importating a commodity, only for it to be seized being on the Dangote owned list. I lost everything i have. Lucky sir, unlike you, some of us consider the not so fortunate and not so smart, downtrodden of the society, elders who still wish to buildhomes lost in government caused floods, that can not build because Dangote and Obasanjo decide to steal our, repeat, our money on each bag.

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            Ojaix 8 October, 2013 at 22:30

            I grew up from a poor family and from an economically disadvantaged part of the country, and I was raised to believe that rich people are oppressors and rogues, especially those from other tribes or language. Even though some part of that statement may be true I have learned from years of study and participation in the activity of life that one wrong sentiment can stifle my own ability to achieve true success and fulfillment. The obstacles to success in this world are countless and many are man-made like the situation in question. I can see from your statement now that you also have a personal bone to pick with Dangote Industries and you may have a legitimate claim for all I know.

            My only advise to young Nigerians is to not allow the sins of our fathers or anger over the current challenges bedeviling our society to take from us the hope and belief that we require to drive us into personal success. There are new opportunities everyday and new challenges along with them, whether political, social, or economic. Those who sit and complain over the problems will be rewarded with sympathy and solidarity. Those who look away from them and embrace possibilities will find out that there is really nothing capable of stopping a determined soul from achieving his dreams.

            You money is waiting for you. When you begin to focus differently you will find it.

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            thif like thief 8 October, 2013 at 22:42

            Ojaix, Every thing you say is true. Yes, no matter the cruelty, we can forge our path. But, you are diverting focus with this unrelated message here. It is a simple question to ask yourself. Is dangote a wicked crook? If the answer is yes, then he and OBJ SHOULD be called out for it. This is not connected to us all old and young finding our path. Petty thieves who steal N1000 rot in Nigerian jails, others are mob lynched to death. Dangote should likewise visit kirikiri. Or do you solicit a big thief walk free simply because he is a big and fanciful thief? That is the matter I read from this article. That he is a thief. And thieves should be locked up, no matter how pretty and respected they are. If we keep him free, how do we feel about the petty thieves in jail? We should free them too. No? i am happy you have done well, we need more of you’s to be role models for our youth.

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            Lawal Sani Kona 11 October, 2013 at 06:41

            fancy thief Nigerians are not in majority simpletons they make rational judgement when it comes to issues like this there are hundreds of Nigerians that are as rich as Dangote,they simply stole their wealth from the government,but do not employ a single Nigerian out sin
            ge their driver and gate man. to make matters worse they simply take the money out of the country and invest in the those same nations that are hoodwinking you

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    Mene 8 October, 2013 at 14:59 Reply

    maybe we should start looking at the current cv of available bidders before the AUCTION of Nigeria then….. dont ask me which Country i’d opt for to buy us IN

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    Naijamaniac 9 October, 2013 at 17:10 Reply

    Are the super powers already feeling threatened by the possibility of the next richest man in the World coming from Africa? If not why this desperateness. So, they never thought a black man from Africa would one day become one of the richest in the World. Therefore, the urgent thing for them is to look for the true history about his wealth, twist the facts in such a manner you won’t notice any thing so as to destroy his zeal. Never-the-less, let’s wait and see how things play out fully before we make our judgement.

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    Abdu Maikano 9 October, 2013 at 21:00 Reply

    Sanusi Dantata,of blessed memory, was Dangote’s maternal grandfather and not his uncle as wrongly indiacated in the so called wiki leak.

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    KUNLE 20 January, 2014 at 16:57 Reply

    Dear 9gerian, i wish to say that these foreigners are playing games to brainwash iliterate citizens of this great country against each other in other to influence our economy and govt. I also see them in future desiring to give back up to immoral Nigerian that will lead this country to sign d much publicized gay law.

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