Sunday, June 13, 2021


Projecting democratic legacies for Buhari beyond June 12 recognition

By Josephine Babatunde - After 22 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria, there are certainly good reasons to celebrate, but there are also many good reasons to reflect and ponder over the failure of leadership at all levels, particularly at...

How Déby’s death has thrown Chad into uncertain future

Chadian military officials announced that President Idriss Déby had died of wounds sustained in conflict with militants in the Kanem region on 19 April. It was also announced that a transitional military council (CMT/Conseil Militaire de Transition) headed by...

Djibouti: How Guelleh secured 5th presidential term amid opposition boycott

Djibouti’s electoral commission declared incumbent President Ismail Omar Guelleh the winner of the 9 April presidential election with 97.44% of the vote. Guelleh’s only challenger, the independent candidate and political novice Zakaria Ismail Farah, took 2.48% of votes. Guelleh’s...

Presidential in-tray: What awaits Suluhu on first day in office

A critical month lies ahead for Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan as she gets down to the business of running a country still in shock following the sudden death of her predecessor John Magufuli. Signing of key agreements to launch...

2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Benin Republic will be tough for Eagles

The Super Eagles are just a step away from qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and will be looking to pick all three points on Saturday. When they take on the Republic of Benin, as much as...

Most EAC leaders skip Magufuli funeral, as SADC peers dominate

East African Community leaders were conspicuously missing at the state funeral of Tanzania’s late president John Pombe Magufuli, which was held at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma on Monday. The only EAC leader in attendance was Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, who...

AFCON: Should CAF yield to pressure of quadrennial staging?

At a news conference after emerging as the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe was adamant about retaining the current format of the continent’s flagship football tournament, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). “The AFCON will...

How lack of clean water is driving up diseases in Lekki

By MICHAEL OWHOKO - Help! Lekki residents are exposed to water-related diseases engendered by sub-standard and unregulated sources of water supply.  Increasing cases of dysentery and diarrhea-induced pathogenic bacteria infections have sparked concerns on public health in the area. Water is...

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu is sole CCM chairperson candidate

Two days after she was sworn-in, President Samia Suluhu Hassan is set to become ruling party CCM’s national chairperson, a post that has been left vacant following the death of her predecessor Dr John Pombe Magufuli. This comes after an...

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund marks first anniversary and appeals for continued support

One year ago WHO created the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to respond to the unprecedented show of support by individuals and companies to help WHO in the fight against COVID-19. Powered by the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy...


BBC honours Nigerian police officer who has ‘never collected bribe’

A 2017 survey by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) identified officers of the Nigeria police force as among the most corrupt public officials in...