Monday, July 14, 2003

JC Watts in Nigeria

Former Oklahoma Congressman JC Watts showed up in Nigeria when President Bush visited the country last week. Watts just had to be there with the President so he could impress his Nigerian business contacts that he still has stroke with the Prez. Even while Watts was traveling to Nigeria as a Congressman (at gov't expense) the word is that he was trying to negotiate business deals there with, or on behalf of, a Tulsa-based energy company. As a private person Watts is free to do business where he can - the question is, did he do it while he was travelling in an official capacity for the people of the United States? The next question is, can you do business in Nigeria without paying illegal bribes to Nigerian officials? I don't think so.

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