Amina Mohammed came in 2015. The trade was already flourishing. Ware houses in Lagos, Shagamu, Ijebu Ode were filled with logs of rosewood (Kosso). Trucks plying interstate roads sagged with heavy logs. Everywhere was all littered with wood.
The ports were congested with wood containers awaiting shipment. There was a Ministry of Environment making noises about deforestation. And there was a presidency , a Customs Service, and a boisterous campaign against desertification. The forests were filled with meandering Chinese businessmen who were stripping them, and laying them bare.
Amina Mohammed came with sermons of sustainable development. She ran from pillar to post with her fine manners and language of global diplomacy, preaching protection of the environment. President Buhari who gave her the environment portfolio had…
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