Columns

Buhari and Other Authors of Nigeria’s Famous Book, By Azu Ishiekwene

Ten years from now, when we look back at Buhari’s promise to lay the foundation to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, would it be another chapter in the Book of Empty Speeches? Will his October 1 promise to provide “affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply in the not-too-distant future”…
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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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Guest Columns

Why U.S. Secretary Tillerson’s Visit Will Not Cut Much Ice With African Leaders, By Johnnie Carson

The secretary's trip to these five countries will probably not make much of a positive impression on most African governments, whose leaders will recognise the visit for what it is – an effort to shore up America's anti-terrorism security alliances, while talking softly about democracy and governance, development and trade.…
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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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Opinion

Ethnic Politics and the 2017 Kenyan Elections, By Rafiq Raji

Even as ethnic loyalities run deep, however, voting choices may not necessarily be ethnically homogenous. Considering Deputy President William Ruto is a more influential Kalenjin, Mr Isaac Ruto, who has boasted of bringing at least one million Kalenjin votes to the table, cannot be so confident, for instance. And the…
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Guest Columns

A Little Humility, Please, Mr. President!, By Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

When African leaders play to the gallery, when Africans decide shamelessly to play the racism-inflected “Africa is different” card, when we tell the world that we really do not care for or about significant segments of our citizenry, we perform our penchant for moral abdication. It is an abdication that…
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