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Prosecuting Onnoghen: An Issue Best Settled After the General Polls, By Rafiq Raji

Clearly, it is hard to justify any benefit to the polity from attempting to remove the most senior judicial officer in the land, who would be a key adjudicator in election disputes, just a month to the polls. In fact, the action has the potential of heightening regional tensions. In…
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Shagari: Lessons For Buhari, By Rafiq Raji

Incidentally, there is a bizarre parallel between Mr. Buhari’s current stint in government and Mr. Shagari’s back then. True, there is relatively less corruption now. But to simply dismiss murmurings about some level of ‘business as usual’ under the current goverment would be tantamount to not learning from our past…
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Lending Every Voice To the North-East’s Humanitarian Situation, By Rafiq Raji

Every raised voice in advocacy for more relief efforts in the region matters. And the ubiquity of social media means almost everyone can add their voice to the cause relatively cheaply. In mid-November, I covered the launch of the “Nigeria Humanitarian Fund – Private Sector Initiative” (NHF PSI) in Lagos…
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South Africa – Inquiry Nation, By Rafiq Raji

There are other ongoing commissions of inquiry. One has just been commissioned to investigate the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the investment manager of the state pension fund. There would probably be more. Nhlanhla Nene, the former South African finance minister, probably now wishes he stayed away from public office after…
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South Africa and Nigeria: A Tale of Rising Optimism?, By Rafiq Raji

...there is reason to be optimistic. If, as is often argued, poor governance and corruption are the major constraints on Africa’s development, increased accountability and citizens’ engagement, owing to social media especially, suggests better African leaders would increasingly emerge. There are some concerns about emerging markets at the moment; for…
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Banks In West Africa: Struggling Amid Tighter Regulatory Grip, By Rafiq Raji

To push them along, the CBN announced a number of stimulus measures in August. It offered to release some of the funds kept by banks with it as reserves for lending to agricultural and manufacturing firms at the single-digit rate of 9 per cent. Additionally, it offered to buy long-tenured…
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