...that one of them more stable countries in Sub-Saharan Africa is spiraling further and further into parochial struggles for oil revenues.
Nigeria's acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, has dissolved the country's cabinet.
Mr Jonathan became acting president in February amid the continuing illness of President Umaru Yar'Adua.
Mr Yar'Adua went to Saudi Arabia for treatment in November last year and, despite returning to Nigeria recently, has not been seen in public.
One outgoing cabinet minister denied there was any power vacuum, saying civil servants would take over.
The cabinet was picked by Mr Yar'Adua and correspondents say Mr Jonathan is now trying to stamp his own authority.
Observers see Wednesday's move as an attempt to consolidate power at the expense of Mr Yar'Adua.