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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Opinion

Matters of Urgent Attention In the National Economy, By Nigerian Economic Summit Group

The NESG has expressed severe concerns about certain provisions of the ‘repealed and re-enacted’ Bank and Other Financial Institutions Act The Bill contains certain provisions that breach the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, confers immunity on CBN officials and exempts actions by the CBN from judicial review. These are draconian,…
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Columns

Nigeria and Ghana: Big Boys Disturbing the Peace, By Owei Lakemfa

The Nigerian and Ghanaian governments have no basis for the quixotic war of attrition they are engaged in. Both are undeserving of their peoples, endanger African unity and integration and are striving to be good boys of foreign financial institutions and their Western owners. They are bedwetting big boys who…
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Mali: African Leaders Leave Leprosy To Cure Scabies, By Owei Lakemfa

The ECOWAS leaders, shouting that there had been a military coup, shut the borders with Mali and demanded the restoration of the old order. How can this be a coup d’état when, in essence, a street movement had swept Keita into the dustbin of history? Mali is down, so what…
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Opinion

The AfCFTA, Nigeria’s Border Closure and the COVID-19 Pandemic, By Ope Oriniowo

Notwithstanding, Nigeria’s benefit from the AfCFTA will be dependent not just on a deep understanding of the document by our policy makers but also their ability to cascade information to the public and position the Nigeria economy post-COVID-19 to leverage on the free trade agreement, particularly in the area of…
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Opinion

Ensuring Inclusive Governance and Stability In Mali, By Olusegun Obasanjo

2020 is the year the AU declared the period of ‘Silencing the Guns in Africa’, and expectations are high. Let the silencing start with Mali with solutions that put the welfare of Mali’s citizens above any other political or non-political consideration. Recent developments in Mali have brought international attention back…
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Opinion

The Politics of Ghana’s Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians, By Adeoye O. Akinola

Nigeria might have become a “sleeping giant”, but remains a formidable regional power. Abuja must respond strongly to Accra’s diplomatic breach, and use this opportunity to tackle Ghana’s xenophobic disposition at the bilateral level and within ECOWAS’s mediation structures. On June 19, several armed Ghanaian citizens demolished the residential building…
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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

2020, Nigeria and the West Africa Challenge, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The most important element of the on-going West African crisis is that Nigeria has essentially abdicated its leadership role built on the lives of our soldiers that fought to defend Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nigeria needs to reinvent its leadership role in West Africa on both the security and economic…
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