A former military dictator, the current vice president and a state governor backed by the departing president have emerged as the top three candidates in Nigeria's troubled presidential elections scheduled for Saturday.
Oil companies in Nigeria are being hit with rising costs due to kidnappings of their staff that have become so commonplace in the volatile Niger Delta that one Nigerian company is selling T-shirts calling it the country's ""fastest growing business!""
Foreign workers in Nigeria's oil hub carpool with rifle-toting policemen on their morning commute. A night on the town can turn into a run from gunfire, and placemats at a popular bar advise: ""Eat a lot. Fat people are harder to kidnap.""