As the epicentre of political life in Nigeria, the Hilton hotel in Abuja can usually be relied upon to reflect prevailing trends.
This time it is the absence of the habitual flurry of activity in the lobby that is most revealing. There has been no jamboree of political jobbers flooding in to curry favour and strike deals in the wake of the May 29 change of government.
Much of the political manoeuvring has taken place elsewhere — in tight circles within the presidential villa at Aso Rock or more noisily on the floor of the national assembly. The ambience at the Hilton is decidedly low key — a reflection also of the state of national finances in the wake of the collapse in oil prices. There are fewer deals to strike.