Ukachi Chukwu: Trump’s Presidency And Nigeria

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 The day is finally here. In less than 18 hours, billionaire business man, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of United States. He will be succeeding the charismatic, first black President of the United States, Barack Obama, who is leaving office as America’s 3rd most loved President. A year ago, […]

Free press under siege in Nigeria: An Open Letter to President Muhammadu Buhari

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 Following the recent upsurge in arrest and harassment of journalists in Nigeria, some Nigerian activitists and active citizens penned a much needed open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. The text is presented below unedited. Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, We are writing to express our deep concern over what appears to be an increase in harassment […]

Gambia Crisis: Adama Barrow to be sworn in as President at Dakar embassy

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 Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow says he will be sworn in at the country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal, as regional forces massed at the border to force incumbent Yahya Jammeh to quit after his election defeat. In messages posted on his social media accounts, Barrow said the inauguration was going to take place as scheduled on […]

Gambia: Botswana says it no longer recognises Jammeh as president

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 Botswana has become the first African state to announce that it no longer recognises Yahya Jammeh as The Gambia’s president following his refusal to hand power to Adama Barrow who defeated him in elections on 1 December. In a statement, Botswana’s goverrnment said: Mr Jammeh’s decision not to respect the will of the Gambian people […]

Akin Rotimi: Two Transitions And A Dog’s Bad Name

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 This is a historic week in the world as far as democratic transitions are concerned. On Friday, January 20, 2017, President Barack Obama would be handing over as President of the United States of America to Donald Trump, the maverick businessman turned politician who won the 58th quadrennial American presidential election. Africa is also scheduled to […]

Ibrahim Anoba: Nigeria’s Experiment With Welfarism Threatens Its Economic Future

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 The Nigerian government recently launched the Social Investment Programme (SIP), a welfare scheme aimed at alleviating poverty. Through SIP, the government plans to feed 3.5 million schoolchildren, create jobs and offer loans to 1.6 million Nigerians. The program’s framework might seem noble and appealing, but its dependence on borrowing makes poverty eradication doubtful while increasing […]

Tanzania Seeks $200 Million World Bank Loan To Clear Debt Of State Power Company

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 Tanzania is seeking $200 million loan from the World Bank for debt-ridden state power supplier TANESCO, the country’s energy minister said on Monday. The ministry in a statement said the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) has a debt of $363 million, up from $250 million at the end of 2015. The East African country’s President […]

African Union To Recognize Adama Barrow As Gambian President On January 19

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 Going by the recent position adopted by the African Union (AU), that it will no longer recognise Yahya Jammeh as President of The Gambia, the continental body would in principle turn to Adama Barrow as the country’s leader for official relations. President Yahya Jammeh’s term in office as leader of the tiny West African country […]