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Thursday, September 22, 2005
By Yokota Fritz

To protect the local bike industry, the country of Nigeria has banned the importation of bikes. Unfortunately for the racers in Nigeria, the ban also covers high-end bikes that are not available locally. In response, the Cycling Federation of Nigeria has protested the ban.

The Secretary of the Nigerian People's Democratic Party, Ojo Maduekwe, is an avid cyclist, using his bike to get around the nation's capital, Lagos. As Transportation Minister, Ojo Maduekwe pushed his policy of Organic transportation in which multiple modes of transportation -- not just cars -- are encouraged. In Nigeria, bicycling is seen as a dangerous activity, and Maduekwe's cycling campaign is seen as a bit quixotic.

Cyclelicious says more power to Ojo Maduekwe.

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