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The bombs that are about to engulf Nigeria, other African nations

By Christopher Okoli       For decades, African leaders did their best to continually mismanage the continent’s resources, thereby, contributing to the underdevelopment of the once great continent. However, Military interventions in the governance of member countries helped to create powerfully dreaded, untouchable and fearful dictators that destroyed democratic institutions of checks

Ekweremadu canvasses for constitutional reforms, single-term in Africa

Babatunde Opalana    The Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has prescribed far-reaching constitutional reforms as a panacea for the challenges of leadership and development in Africa. He observed that even though many African countries, Nigeria inclusive, had recorded relative success in reviewing the constitution, the issues that plague the

China’s vision of itself as the world’s peacekeeper starts in Africa

At the training camp for China’s first official standby peacekeeping police force in Dongying, northeastern China, the recruits are up by 6am. They make their beds, jog around a track clad in their uniforms and blue United Nations helmets, and eat simple canteen meals of mantou buns, vegetables, and meat. Such is

Somalia Resume Night Flight Operation 27 Years After Civil War

By Joan Ejembi 27-year- after a civil war broke out in the country, Somali have resumed night flights operation in its airport. The Somali government had announced in July that it had opened the airport for night flights. However, the first aircraft to implement the directive, the Juba Airways flight from Jeddah in Saudi

West Africa Universities Urged to Share Ideas and Values

Babatunde Opalana  The 5th Annual Conference of Association of West African Universities (AWAU) opened in Niamey, Niger Republic, with a call on all members to work together by sharing ideas and values towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to Ibrahim Sheme, Director, Media and Publicity, National Open University of Nigeria

ECOWAS Endorses #NotTooYoungToRun campaign

The #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign has received a big boost as The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) endorsed Campaign. The endorsement was made by the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security at ECOWAS, Mrs. Halima Ahmed during the African Union Regional Youth Consultation for West and Central Africa, held

Constitutional Term Limits for African Leaders

By the Africa Center for Strategic Studies African leaders’ adherence to constitutional term limits is a key component of institutionalizing predictable norms of democratic succession. Progress toward establishing this norm has been mixed, however. While a number of African countries have succeeded in upholding term limits over the past two decades,

Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa visits Nigeria

Admiral Michelle J. Howard, commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, will visit Abuja Nigeria Saturday, where she will meet senior Nigerian civilian and military officials to discuss maritime collaboration and the naval bilateral relationship. Admiral Howard is scheduled to visit

UN: Poverty, Others Push Africans to Militancy

Poverty and state violence, not religion, are driving young Africans to join militant groups, the United Nations said on Thursday, after interviewing almost 600 recruits. It is easiest for organisations like al-Shabaab and Boko Haram to recruit young people who are unemployed and frustrated about lack of opportunities and services in

Kenyatta, Odinga more keen than ever to win

By Peter Fabricius Kenya’s Supreme Court has been widely – and rightly – hailed for its bold, historic and unprecedented decision last week to annul the 8 August election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. As far as can be established, this is the first time an African court has upheld a challenge