Apr 18, 2015 4:52 AM GMT
NYT: In early 1989, shortly after President Bush was inaugurated, Princeton Lyman, the American ambassador to Nigeria, told the State Department about the possible visit by Jeb Bush and officials from the M.W.I. Corporation (previously known as the M&W Pump Corporation), a company based in Florida that sold irrigation equipment.
In Washington, President Bush was thrilled with the way Nigeria had received his son. He quickly sent a note of thanks to Nigeria’s president.
Three years later, M.W.I. sold irrigation equipment to Nigeria, bought with the help of $74 million in loans from the Export-Import Bank of the United States. M.W.I. and Jeb Bush denied that he had played a role in the sales because of adherence to the self-imposed stipulation that he would not be involved with the United States government.