Nigerians are tribal people. They tend to value family over extended family, extended family over tribe, and tribe over all others. There it stops. People from western countries find it hard to understand these connections, but I've seen hard working Nigerians with integrity put up with a lot of shite from the most worthless pieces of crap you've ever seen.
The family usually revolves around the oldest son. It's typical that a wealthy Nigerian man puts his oldest son in charge of his business interests and the other sons (and God knows, the daughters) have no control. However, they can lay on the older brother's leg for the rest of their lives. And the older brother loyally supports them even after the parents are dead and he has no legal obligation.
I don't know how this RN situation will play out, but the family connections are probably much more important than most of us realize. Oh, and the mother - senator or not - probably has no say in this unless she married way below her station.
This post was edited on 1/15 at 7:18 pm