Columns

Buhari and Ramaphosa’s Pancake, By Shola Oshunkeye

After weeks of unrelenting attacks on nationals of other African countries, especially Nigerians, the authorities in South Africa, over the weekend, finally rediscovered themselves and began to do what their successors ought to have done 20 years back, namely: stopping their blood-baying citizens from hunting fellow Africans like game, and…
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Opinion

South Africa: Attacks Against Nigerians Reflect Our Failure of Governance, By ‘Tope Oriola

The lives of Nigerians will be valued when we begin to elect leaders who know what they are doing. Statecraft needs to improve in Nigeria. Statecraft is serious, demanding socio-scientific business. It is often the difference between impoverished countries (whose citizens are maltreated everywhere) and thriving ones whose citizens are…
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Columns

The Tail Wags South Africa-Nigeria Dog, By Azu Ishiekwene

South Africa appears to be fighting for its future, but it’s taking on the wrong enemies. Among other things, the authorities must now crackdown on hate crimes, review the country’s broken immigration system and create more opportunities in the townships. Politicians must take responsibility. One of the most telling summaries…
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Columns

How The Lawan Senate Failed its First Major Test, By Reuben Abati

This screening process has been totally without rigour or colour. It is the Senate’s first major test under Ahmed Lawan’s watch and the result is woeful, if not absolutely ludicrous. Before now, the Senate had promised Nigerians that it would conduct a rigorous screening process. Instead, it has chosen to…
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Columns

South Africa: Will Ramaphosa Bring the House Down? (2), By Rafiq Raji

...he is certainly heading in the right direction. The key question is whether he would be able to stay the course as the casualties of his anti-corruption war start to get closer to home. Out of His Hands In a nutshell, while Ramaphosa’s position as African National Congress (ANC) president…
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Columns

South Africa: Will Ramaphosa Bring the House Down? (1), By Rafiq Raji

“But whether Ramaphosa succeeds depends on elections outcome on May 8th. But even if the ANC wins, he will face ferocious opposition to the clean-up from within his party. He will therefore need to tread carefully as it would be easy for rivals to remove him from the party leadership”.…
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Columns

South Africa – Inquiry Nation, By Rafiq Raji

There are other ongoing commissions of inquiry. One has just been commissioned to investigate the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the investment manager of the state pension fund. There would probably be more. Nhlanhla Nene, the former South African finance minister, probably now wishes he stayed away from public office after…
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