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Takeaways from the Trump administration’s new counterterrorism strategy

The White House’s just-released National Strategy for Counterterrorism is a worthy attempt to rationalize U.S. counterterrorism policy and contains many excellent ideas—its major flaw is that it is more aspirational than prescriptive.   By Daniel L. Byman   Like many of its predecessors, the strategy document is often short on specifics, so it’s hard to make

In Nigeria, Plans for the World’s Largest Refinery

By Frankie Edozien     On any given weekday, commuters in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, are snarled in traffic for hours. Container trucks and tankers take up several lanes of traffic on the major thoroughfares close to the city’s ports. Often these trucks have been parked on the highways overnight. Cars and minivans snake along

A lifeless evening with Buhari

By Fredrick Nwabufo     Of all Nigeria’s presidents, Buhari is the one with a diminutive intellectual stature. His severe intellectual malnourishment is not even a subject of debate; most of his supporters admit that he is not smart. But they taper their admittance with a claim that he makes up for what

Boko Haram exposes the cracks in Nigeria’s military strategy

A spate of daring attacks on the army calls for solutions that go beyond replacing its commanders.  By akinola Olojo   For nearly three years the Nigerian government has stuck to its claim that it has ‘technically defeated’ Boko Haram. Recently though, the terror group demonstrated its renewed audacity with strikes at hard (military)

Reflection on regimental sergeant majors’ convention 2018

Col. Sagir Musa For any organization to be professionally effective in the discharge of its statutory responsibilities, training and retraining of personnel is necessary. Consequently, in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, which is, - “To have a Professionally Responsive Nigerian

Regulating free speech on social media is dangerous and futile—Expert

Niam Yaraghi   Amid recent news about Google’s post 2016 elections meeting, multiple Congressional hearings, and attacks by President Trump, social media platforms and technology companies are facing unprecedented criticism from both parties. According to Gallup’s survey, 79 percent of Americans believe that these companies should be regulated. We know that an overwhelming majority of technology entrepreneurs subscribe

AEMA: Contributing immense values in the African economy

McEva Temofe In 2015 when African Economic Merit Awards (AEMA) was established, we set-up an economic team to look into the problems facing African economy to drive an entrepreneurial chain in establishing individuals to becoming job creators in different sector. The fact is, Africa has the longest and oldest economic history and

Has Boko Haram Become A Money Spinner For The Army Brass?

Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú   Is it possible that the Army brass has turned the Boko Haram insurgency into a full-time money making occupation, wasting the lives of soldiers on the field, while generals make money both in Abuja and the theatre of operations, by not providing the necessary tools and intelligence capacity required

Ojukwu’s Big Shoes: History will honour Gov. Obiano if Bianca is fielded—Intersociety

Emeka Umeagbalasi and Chinwe Umeche Fielding Barr Mrs. Bianca Olivia Odinaka-Onoh Odumegwu-Ojukwu as the Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Anambra South Senatorial District and her possible popular emergence as Senator-Elect for the District in the 2019 National Assembly Election in Nigeria will  go down in history as the