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General Elections: Politics and the thugs of war

Editor's note: Nextier SPD Policy Weekly provides an analysis of topical conflict, security, and development issues as well as proposes recommendations to address them. In this publication considered the disruptive roles of thuggery in Nigeria's political and electoral processes, especially the fears of violence and insecurity mounts in February-March, 2019

Killings: Buhari playing politics with National security–CUPP

Godsgift Onyedinefu The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of politicizing national security admist several security challenges in the country. The CUPP said Buhari is only focused on re-election despite his "lacklustre performance" and remains " unconcerned and insensitive to the plight of the people" The 1st National

BREAKING: Buhari rejects Oyegun’s tenure elongation

Reports reaching Global Sentinel now indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to consider reversing the tenure extension of the party’s national working committee (NWC) led by its chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun. The president was quoted to have said this at

Faceless and identified persons trying to tarnish my image – Ex President

Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has raised an alarm that certain faceless and identified persons have sworn to malign his name. Jonathan, who disclosed this through his facebook account, said that truth will surely prevail. Recall that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had disclosed last week that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration

JUST IN: ANC recalls Jacob Zuma from office

The African National Congress (ANC) has notified President Jacob Zuma of its intentions to recall him from office. This was disclosed by Ace Magashule, Secretary General of the ANC while addressing a world press conference in the country Tuesday afternoon. Jacob Zuma, he said, has been briefed and has requested for three

In Nigerian ‘Cash-and-Carry’ Politics, Ambition Is Only Constant

By Dulue Mbachu Politicians frequently jump across party lines in power quest ‘Failure of Nigerian political class’ cited by analyst Hassan   At recent rallies of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress for next year’s general elections, the list of speakers is often dominated by former members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party

Osinbajo’s Kano visit, not for politics – Akande

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has described as untrue and misleading, media reports that his visit to Kano state at the weekend was to meet with political groups. In a statement issued on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said that he was

Op-ed: Of nepotism, impunity, mediocrity and 2019

By Sufuyan Ojeifo After so much ballyhoo about President Muhammadu Buhari’s proclivity at pampering his ethnic stock over and above the other ethnic nationalities, he finally attempted to defend himself against the charge of ethnic bias.  His defence was contained in a homily at a dinner he hosted in honour of leaders

Bayelsa killings: Stop shielding Lokpobiri, PDP tells Buhari

Babatunde Opalana The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to act promptly on the allegation bordering on security threat leveled against his Minister of State for Agriculture, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, else the Present would be seen as shielding the former senator.

The eight African elections to watch out for in 2018

By Abdi Latif Dahir For many African countries, 2017 was the beginning of a new era. Long-term rulers departed in Zimbabwe, Angola, and the Gambia; internal dissent, economic challenges, and increasing unemployment rates pressured many countries including Ethiopia and Nigeria; and a divided ruling party in South Africa showed an electorate disenchanted with liberation movements. Some of