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Obasanjo Cancels Financial Probe of Key Nigerian Government Offices - 2002-08-16

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has dropped plans to conduct a far-reaching financial probe of key government offices after lawmakers objected to the project.

The president withdrew the order Friday, three days after proposing it. The probe would have included an audit of offices in the presidency, the judiciary and parliament.

Critics of the audit said it is meant to deflect attention from parliament, whose lower-chamber urged the president to resign within two weeks or face impeachment on Tuesday. The House of Representatives accuses the president of corruption, disrespect for the rule of law and non-implementation of approved budgets.

President Obasanjo has rejected the call for his resignation.