Aliko Dangote
I Never Knew Oil Mafia Is Stronger Than Drug Mafia-Dangote
Yinka Olajoyetan, Lagos 
The Chairman of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote has said that he never knew the Mafia in oil were stronger than the drug Mafia until he started his refinery project.
Dangote who was speaking at the Afreximbank annual meetings (AAN) and AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum in Nassau, The Bahamas, on Wednesday, said the group he labelled as stronger than the mafia in drug tried several times to stop the project from becoming a reality.
“Well, I knew that there would be a fight. But I didn’t know that the mafia in oil, they are stronger than the mafia in drugs,” he said.
When asked if the group is local or foreign, he said, “Both. There is a local one and a global one. It is all mixed up. They tried all sorts but you know, I’m a person that has been fighting all my life. So, I think it’s part of my life to fight.”
Despite the battles, Dangote believes victory is assured.
“I think we will end up winning because the population and the government will be on our side because what we are doing is right,” Dangote said during the event.
The 650,000 barrel-per-day Dangote refinery is expected to be a game changer when fully operational by helping end Nigeria’s reliance on fuel imports.
It sits on 2,635 hectares (6,500 acres) of land at the Lekki Free Zone on the edge of Lagos and costs an estimated $19 billion
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