Nation-Building Dubya Style
Armed police backed by bulldozers tore down illegally built homes and shops in the Nigerian capital Abuja today ahead of a visit by US President George W Bush.
The operation began yesterday after an order from President Olusegun Obasanjo to clean up the city ahead of his American counterpart's arrival, officials said.
In one residential quarter of the city reporter saw around 60 buildings - ranging from brick-built structures to makeshift wooden shanties - ploughed down as hundreds of residents looked on in despair.
Perhaps it's wrong to lay this at the feet of Bush Administration since the order came from the Nigerian President, but it's hard to get around the trend of destruction and repression that seems to follow Bush wherever he goes.