Opinion

Suspension of Sudan From African Union Not Enough, By Femi Falana

While the suspension of Sudan from the AU is a welcomed development, it should be pointed out that it has no serious impact on the junta, and is not enough to address the issues of the accountability of perpetrators and justice for the victims. The AU should therefore mobilise member…
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Al-Bashir, Bouteflika and Change In Africa, By Owei Lakemfa

...as Africa arose from the ashes of the slave trade and the grave of colonialism, so shall she rise from its current tragedies. Change is natural; its genuine winds shall blow through our mother continent. As part of international delegations, I met Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir thrice when he was…
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Redefining Independence In Africa, By Dele Agekameh

Our independence will never be complete without economic independence, and the strategy for that can only be an African strategy, as Nkrumah noted many years ago. Right now, there are no indications that any African country is successfully resisting the economic influence of the neo-colonialists at our As is the…
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Opinion

Nigeria, ECOWAS and the Morocco Question, By Reuben Abati

...it is clearly within the powers of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Governments to determine that geography cannot debar an interested African country from joining ECOWAS. Economic and political considerations should override geography that is merely nomenclatural, particularly if the applicant-countries are within Africa. Opening up ECOWAS beyond geographical…
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Columns

Rex Tillerson Came To Africa, Saw and Was Fired, By Owei Lakemfa

...it is distasteful for a visitor to our homestead to warn us not to entertain another visitor. A sixth point is that Tillerson’s warnings give the impression that Africans are children who cannot think for themselves, and have to be told what to do, what is in their interest and…
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Naming and Shaming Those Who Destroyed Libya, By Owei Lakemfa

Perhaps the unkindest cut came from the Russia federation known to have had good relations with Libya. It was expected to veto the invasion, more so with the experience in Iraq which turned that country into a basket case and destabilised the region. But Russian representative, Vitaly from the vote…
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Opinion

Europe Could Do More for Africa, By Rafiq Raji

There is a consensus, at least, that aid is not the solution. Better trade, could be, though. In this regard, the EU could be more forthcoming. Its Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African countries are controversial. Some African countries have reservations about them; Nigeria, for instance. And there are quite…
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Columns

Thoughts On Libya: What Africa Needs to Do, By Pius Adesanmi

The African Union and many African states are jackasses with no political willpower or moral authority to do anything meaningful about the tragedy in Libya, hence the largely disgraceful response from Africa thus far. They have not even expelled Libya from the AU. I was on a national radio program…
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Opinion

Choosing Between Nigeria and Morocco, By Owei Lakemfa

The conference decided that if by any subterfuge, Morocco is admitted into ECOWAS, there will be a mass mobilisation of Nigerians to withdraw their country from ECOWAS and kick the organisation and its secretariat out of Nigeria. With the 42-year old Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting in…
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