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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Columns

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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Guest Columns

Citizen-Centred Service Delivery: Partnering With the Youth for Africa’s Transformation, By ‘Doyin Salami

If the many issues and concerns that have been highlighted and well considered, comprehensively engaged and tackled, both at the institutional level and that of the political leadership that motivates its processes, I have no doubt that the Nigerian Civil Service is still uniquely positioned to deliver on and deepen…
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Opinion

BREXIT Happened, Yet Africa Heads for a Single Bloc?, By Amanda Archibong

Other blocs are yet to achieve such steps. With these differing stages of integration, a continental agenda might seem cumbersome to negotiate. The AU, however, suggests that it would simply build on the existing arrangements achieved by the different blocs. What then is key to implement the continental FTA? On…
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Opinion

Democratic Accountability In State-Society Relations: the Role of ACDEG, By John G. Ikubaje

...accountability remains a critical challenge in Africa’s democracies. If the accountability provisions of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance are implemented as expected by the state parties to the instrument, “democratic accountability” would be a household name in African democracies. Introduction The ideology of Pan-Africanism inspired the establishment…
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