Nigerian leader ousts reformist Central Bank chief

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president on Thursday ousted the Central Bank governor who exposed billions of missing petrodollars, a move critics say is a warning to whistleblowers in the run-up to a hotly contested presidential election in Africa’s biggest oil producer. President Goodluck Jonathan accused internationally respected career banker Lamido Sanusi of “financial recklessness and misconduct,” and officially suspended him just days before the governor reportedly planned on stepping aside. The West African nation’s naira currency immediately weakened in response. Last year Sanusi reported that $50 billion worth of oil sold by the state’s Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. had not…

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