South African consumer-goods maker Tiger Brands Ltd. says turmoil in the northeast prompted it to close two of its four Nigerian flour mills and write down its unit's value by $70 million. Nielsen Holdings NV has held off surveying businesses in the northeast of Nigeria because it can't send workers there.
"People are throwing in the towel, saying this is just too bloody difficult," said Richard Ketley, director of the Johannesburg-based consultancy Genesis Analytics.
"May God's wrath befall the name Nigeria," Abubakar Shekau said. "I'm Shekau, the trouble child!"