From imports to importance AND then there were two. After a long night of intrigue and counting in primary elections in Port Harcourt, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition, chose Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate for the elections in February. At the same time, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), more predictably, unanimously backed the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, for a second term
JAMAL KHASHOGGI is gone, and with each passing day it seems more likely that his government killed him. A prominent Saudi journalist living in self-imposed exile, he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd to collect some paperwork for a new marriage. A CCTV camera recorded him entering it
[Zimbabwe Independent] The simmering political power struggle between President Emmerson Mnangagwa – currently ruling under military tutelage after coming in last November through a coup – and his co-deputy retired General Constantino Chiwenga over the unresolved Zanu PF leadership issue after the overthrow of former president Robert Mugabe has now exploded into the public domain.
Between a rock and a holy place EVER since the Roman army tried to topple it in the 1st century, knocking a few slabs from the top, the Western Wall in Jerusalem has remained largely intact. A relic of the second Jewish temple, most of which the Romans did destroy, the wall attracts thousands of Jewish worshippers each day. One called Daniella Goldberg was standing in front of it when a big slab of the wall came crashing down next to her on July 23rd
[Atlantic Council] It has been twenty years since that morning of August 7, 1998, when suicide bombers detonated, almost simultaneously, trucks laden with explosives outside the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
[Daily Trust] According to The Institute for Economics and Peace which ranks major nations around the world by how safe or dangerous they are, Nigeria is the 16th most dangerous place to visit on Planet Earth.
[This Day] Justice Tanko Muhammad of the Supreme Court has identified corruption as one of the major impediments to Nigeria’s development.
[Guardian] Protesting Shiites, under the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), yesterday, charged the Federal Government to release their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-zakzaky, and his wife from detention or imprison them all.
SINCE one in four Egyptian voters cannot read, political candidates pick symbols to identify themselves on the ballot.
A BIT like President Donald Trump, Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli, likes to fire employees on television. In November Mr Magafuli used a live broadcast from a small town in the north of the country summarily to dismiss two officials after they failed to remember instantly details in their budgets.