Columns

Ouattara and Power: Until Death Do Them Part, By Owei Lakemfa

...France which has invested so much in Ouattara would not allow the anti-imperialist Gbagbo return home. Despite that, it is not certain its stooges will win the October vote, so it is re-running Ouattara as a sure bet. Rather than allow Ivorians freely elect leaders of their choice, the French…
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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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Columns

Africa’s Stunning Victory Against the International Criminal Court, By Owei Lakemfa

It was a sweet victory against the neo-colonial powers who tried to humiliate the continent by hurling an African president on trumped up charges of murder, rape, inhumane acts, and persecution. But the painful aspect is that an innocent man was abducted in his country, imprisoned without trial for five…
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Guest Columns

Nigeria Is Firmly Committed to the Sanctity of Fundamental Freedoms, By Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria has cooperated with, and supported the Court at all Our cooperation with the Court is borne out of our strong belief in the respect for the rule of law and human rights, and in our firm commitment to the sanctity of fundamental freedoms at international and domestic levels, as…
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Opinion

Electoral Justice in Kenya and Nigeria, By Femi Falana

...it is undoubtedly clear that the Supreme Court of Kenya has freed itself from the dangerous influence of Nigerian courts by jettisoning the doctrines of substantial compliance and proof of election petitions beyond reasonable doubt. In line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2016, it has also embraced technology…
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Columns

Transititonal Justice and the Insurgency In the North-East, By Jibrin Ibrahim

- Justice Chukwudifu Oputa It is difficult to talk about transitional justice without deep pedagogy that the spirit of mass punishment might result in a prolongation of the insurgency, thereby leading to more, rather than less, suffering. At the same time, many communities would be right to pose the question…
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Opinion

Kudos to Nigeria and Senegal for Not Withdrawing From ICC, By Femi Falana

...the African Union will be deceiving itself if it believes that the planned mass withdrawal of African states from the ICC will shield African leaders who engage in genocidal acts from prosecution and humiliation. Last week, at the annual summit of the African Union, the leaders and representatives of the…
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Opinion

Unmasking the Ruse of Law: An Outlook for Nigeria in 2017, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...2017 will be a significant, if trying year for Nigeria’s legal, judicial and institutional systems. There will be major decisions to take, none more important in its implications than the fate of the office of the Chief Justice of the Federation. With the judiciary under pressure, this is an important…
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