Opinion

ECOWAS and the Malian Coup Burden, By Adeoye O. Akinola

What is the fate of Malians? Can ECOWAS be taken seriously? Military rule cannot be an acceptable solution to the Malian crisis. ECOWAS and the international community should be willing to use both “soft” and “hard” power to return the military to their barracks. On August 18, the Malian military…
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Columns

Swimming Against WTO and Okonjo-Iweala’s Candidacy, By Owei Lakemfa

...the IMF and the World Bank are two monkeys who take turns in carrying each other on their backs, while their child, the WTO, hops from one tree to another playing at nurturing world trade. That imperial family of three have, for 55 years now, carried out a sustained fight…
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Opinion

Now that the WTO Has Accepted Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Nomination, By Adedapo Adamolekun

Considering the eminent qualification and robust of mettle of Nigeria’s nominee for the WTO top job, it is evident that the noble objective of the African Union to create a single continental market, through AfCFTA, for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments will receive a…
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Columns

Africa Shall Have Its Day, By Owei Lakemfa

...Africa’s main challenge is implementing the AU 2063 Agenda, which promises a shared prosperity and well-being, unity and integration, freedom and expanded horizons, realisation of the potentials of youth and women, and freedom from fear, diseases and want. Africa’s Day shall come! Africa, the content from which humanity fanned out…
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Columns

Akinwumi Adesina: Best Man for the AfDB, By Reuben Abati

In 2010, Donald Kaberuka (Rwanda) was re-elected by acclamation. Before him, Omar Kabbaj (Morocco) was also re-elected in 1995. There is no reason why Akinwumi Adesina, a sole candidate, should not be re-elected. He has earned it. Nigeria deserves it. The Nigeria government should stand by Adesina to ensure his…
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Columns

Big Brother Nigeria: Still A Toddler In African Politics, By Owei Lakemfa

The politics leading to the Summit and the bruising campaigns over the ACfTA leadership, which began on Friday February 7 might have rubbed off on the AU succession process. The South African group had accused President Buhari of conducting a political battle on ACfTA, where the requirement is Nigeria may…
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Columns

The State of Transnational Justice in Africa, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The need for transitional justice mechanisms is rooted in large scale violent conflicts that are multiplying atrocities and displacing communities. Africa, with its numerous wars, insurgencies and illegal mass killings by security forces has the largest need for the mechanisms today. This week I am in Addis Ababa participating in…
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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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Columns

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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