Millennials in Ghana are working hard to ‘make farming sexy’ © New York Times

Young Ghanaians are quitting their jobs to become farmers and encouraging others to do the same, and, as Sarah Maslin Nir finds out, it’s helping people to protect their country’s economy Sarah Maslin Nir 5 days ago After he graduated from university, Vozbeth Kofi Azumah was reluctant to tell anyone – even his mother – what he planned …

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How to Overcome Failure By Rachel Simmons

Learning to fail is a skill like any other — which means it takes practice. Learn how to thrive in spite of even your most epic mistakes.  Introduction ILLUSTRATIONS BY SEIJI MATSUMOTO Earlier this year, I suffered an anxiety attack while giving a speech in front of 250 people. It was disorienting and embarrassing; I’m …

Nigeria suicide blast ‘kills 30 football fans in Borno’ by BBC

At least 30 people have been killed in a suicide attack in north-eastern Nigeria, while watching a televised football match, officials say. Another 40 have been injured in the triple suicide bombing, according to the State Emergency Management Agency. The bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga village in Borno State. Militant Islamist …

Letter from Africa: A royal feud threatens Nigeria’s heritage by Mannir Dan Ali

In our series of letters from African journalists, the editor-in-chief of Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper, Mannir Dan Ali, considers why politicians have taken aim at one of the most influential spiritual and traditional leaders in the country's largely Muslim north. For the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi 11, 2019 looks set to be his "annus …

Britain’s Tories Bravely Put Party Before Country by James Bloodworth

Internal fights among the Conservatives have wrecked the U.K.—and Labour isn’t much better. "British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking during the Conservative Party Spring Forum on April 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kerry Davies - WPA Pool/Getty Images) British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking during the Conservative Party Spring Forum on April …

Prejudiced’ Home Office refusing visas to African researchers by Harriet Grant

Academics invited to the UK are refused entry on arbitrary and ‘insulting’ grounds The Home Office is being accused of institutional racism and damaging British research projects through increasingly arbitrary and “insulting” visa refusals for academics. In April, a team of six Ebola researchers from Sierra Leone were unable to attend vital training in the …

25,794 killed in violent crises during Buhari’s first term – Council on Foreign Relations Report

No fewer than 25, 794 Nigerians may have died in violent crises in the first four years of President Muhammadu Buhari. The figure was released by the Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit think tank specialising in United States foreign policy and international affairs. The number represents those …

David Cameron: The prime mover behind Britain’s hostile environment, who escaped the blame

While Theresa May is seen as the sole architect behind the ‘dehumanising’ policy, ex-ministers detail how the coalition prime minister was its driving force It was Theresa May who, as home secretary, declared in 2012 that her aim was to “create, here in Britain, a really hostile environment for illegal immigrants”. It was May’s department that sent out …

The Speech Buhari Didn’t Make by Reuben Abati

Nigerians were left speechless on May 29 when after taking the oaths of office and allegiance, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo left the Eagle Square, the venue of the Presidential Inauguration ceremony without uttering a word. The President had nothing to say to Nigerians. He simply went back into his car and …

Only American Known to Have Fought for Biafra Tells of War By CHARLAYNE HUNTERFEB

This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. Please send reports of such problems to …

President Buhari has the power to remove, suspend CJN – Acting CJN, Tanko Muhammad

Editorial: It's a crying shame that the acting CJN allowed the statement on the powers of the HOS, M. Buhari to remove the CJN to be made in his court filings. The HOS is not the appointor as he states, he merely nominates and confirmed by the Senate. The process of removal is also subject …

Sharon White leaves Ofcom to join John Lewis Partnership as Chairwoman by Jim Waterson

Retail group appoints the 52-year-old as chairman on near-£1m salary John Lewis has appointed the chief executive of Ofcom as its new chairwoman, on a near-£1m salary. Sharon White, 52, joined Ofcom in March 2015 from the Treasury, where she was a senior civil servant in charge of public finances. She is moving to one …

Sharon White – from Leyton schoolgirl to Ofcom leader by John Plunkett

Twelve things you (probably) didn’t know about Sharon White. • A highly respected economist, Sharon White is the first woman – and the first black person – to lead the media regulator, and the first black woman to have such a senior role in any UK media organisation. • In her current role as second permanent secretary at the …

Former Nigerian dictator’s £210m seized from Jersey account – BBC

The late ruler is suspected to have embezzled about $2.2bn from Nigeria's central bank More than $267m (£210m) belonging to a former Nigerian dictator has been seized from a Jersey bank account. The money was "derived through corruption" during the presidency of Sani Abacha in the 1990s, according to Jersey's Civil Asset Recovery Fund . …

Nigerian asylum seeker’s medical bid is wholly wrong – BBC

A Nigerian asylum seeker has lost a High Court bid to receive free NHS care for her advanced breast cancer. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, self-funded her treatment in the UK from 2015. She has now claimed asylum due to Nigeria's "inadequate medical facilities" and argued this makes her entitled to …

Electoral Calculus by Martin Baxter

Prediction: Con 54, Lab 216, Brexit 249, SNP 56 Brexit Party short 77 of majority This month's poll-of-polls shows the Brexit party ahead of the Conservatives. This is because the three most recent polls (YouGov, Opinium and Delta Poll) all have the Brexit party ahead by between 3pc and 9pc. As our graph posted on …

When is a licence a secure tenancy?

Mohamed v London Borough of Barnet (2019) EWHC 1012 (QB) Ms M was placed in temporary accommodation by LB Barnet following a homeless application. Barnet found her to be intentionally homeless but continued to provide accommodation under Children Act 1989. The property was a private property. Barnet had taken a licence agreement with agents for the …

Things lawyers do to annoy judges

1. Rolling eyes, dancing eyebrows and other mannerisms The judge has lots to say here: nodding heads; slamming down books; looking to the heavens; facial grimaces. Just keep a poker face  “A bobbing or nodding head belongs on the dashboard of one of those motor vehicles with oversized tires and a loud muffler” “I recall …

Home Office ‘chaos and incompetence’ leads to unlawful detentions, claim whistleblowers by Amelia Hill

Chaos, incompetence and bullying of Home Office employees is resulting in failed deportations and the unlawful detention of vulnerable and desperate people, whistleblowers allege. The Dublin Cessation Team (DCT) – until last week known as the Third Country Unit – is a little-known but crucial department that, under the EU Dublin convention, determines which EU …

Global Economics Monthly: August 2016 Brexit at Two Months: A Slow Burn in European Integration

Bottom Line: Markets have absorbed the initial economic shock from Brexit, but navigating the new landscape will remain a challenge. Two months after the vote, the politics of Brexit is producing a lengthy and uncertain renegotiation of Britain’s place in Europe and the world. Such extended uncertainty is likely to produce a long-lasting drag on both …

Amid Rising Gentrification, London’s African Churches Find a Way to Thrive by Kemi Alemoru

Mr Osigwa, Hannah and Edith seated in the food tent at Harvest Festival - a service that brings together all ages to celebrate God's goodness in creation every year. For Londoners who have been in the city for years, the change is obvious. Not long ago, the southeast neighborhood of Peckham was the heart of …

Atiku’s Citizenship and Buhari’s Illiterate Lawyers By Farooq A. Kperogi

The law of attraction says like attracts like, which explains why Muhammadu Buhari is a magnet for mediocrities. Almost all his appointees are, like him, underwhelming, intellectually incurious rubes. It’s no wonder that even the lawyers he assembled to defend his unprecedentedly audacious electoral robbery are also risible dolts. Take, for example, Festus Keyamo, Buhari’s …

Debts, insolvency driving states to bankruptcy

AFTER the euphoria of Saturday’s governorship elections, the winners will confront the grim reality of managing insolvent states. Just how precarious the finances of the 36 states have become was highlighted by the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, which said their combined debts exceeded their revenues by N2.39 trillion in 2017, a 53.31 per cent deficit. With …

Curb export of crimes abroad By Punch Editorial Board

Nigeria grabbed the headlines for the wrong reason in the United Arab Emirates recently, when five of her youths smashed a bureau de change outlet in the Sharjah Emirate of the country and made away with Dh2.3 million (about N226.1 million in our local currency). The UAE police said the robbers had travelled on March …

Buhari’s unproductive foreign trips

Less than two months to the end of his first incumbency, it is now beyond doubt that President Muhammadu Buhari loves to bask in the short-term escapism of foreign trips. In the past week, the President has been to three different capitals in West Africa and the Middle East. With misery, insecurity and economic implosion …

Politicians Have Destroyed Institutions In Nigeria, Says Sanusi

The political class has destroyed so many things in this country. The health system has been destroyed. People now travel abroad for medical attention. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, has indicted politicians on the growing rate of insurgency in the country, claiming that the political class is aiding kidnapping and thuggery. Speaking at …

There’s Nothing Like ‘Rich’ In Nigeria, Says Rewane

There is a battle for survival. If you’ve ever read the book, ‘Animal Farm’, that’s what it is. Because there is economic insecurity, it leads to social insecurity, which means that you are now reduced to your animalistic instincts Bismarck Rewane, Chairman of the Presidential Technical Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the National Minimum …

George Alagiah tells of ’embarrassment factor’ of using stoma bag by Press Association

BBC newsreader, who has bowel cancer, says he felt guilty using disabled loos George Alagiah has told of his feelings of guilt at using disabled toilets when he was not visibly disabled but had a stoma bag attached to his stomach. The BBC newsreader, who has stage-four bowel cancer, also said he had to get …

Edo 2020: The inside story of the cold war between Oshiomhole and Obaseki By Idiye Preye

Edo State is one of the states in the country where the politics has always attracted the attention of the nation due to the fact that the players are politically sophisticated. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ruled in the state during the leadership of late Chief Tony Anenih until November 12, 2008, when the former labour …

A Torture Survivor Was Kept In Detention For More Than 13 Weeks Despite Several Suicide Attempts by Emily Dugan

Exclusive: Official figures reveal a mental health crisis in Britain's immigration detention estate, as the number of people on suicide watch grew by 5% in 2018, to 541 people. Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Press Association via AP Images Michael had only been in detention a handful of hours when he attempted to take his …

OHCHR | Zimbabwe policies hitting poor hardest, say UN rights experts

Government policies in Zimbabwe are worsening the country’s economic crisis, causing immense hardship to those less well-off, and crushing the human rights of those who dare complain, a group of UN experts* has warned. “We are gravely concerned that, as the situation in Zimbabwe deteriorates, the Government is pushing people further into poverty,” the experts …

The Nigerian constitution as amended 1999 on the subject of qualification for candidate for presidency

25. (1) The following persons are citizens of Nigeria by birth-namely- (a) every person born in Nigeria before the date of independence, either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents belongs or belonged to a community indigenous to Nigeria; Provided that a person shall not become a citizen of Nigeria by virtue of this …

Shugaba, Atiku and the Nigerian constitution

Editorial On January 24, 1980, Immigration officers arrested Alhaji Darman on the strength of a deportation order signed by the Federal Minister of internal affairs Alhaji Bello Maitama. The deportation order entitled "Shugaba Abdurrahman Darman's Deportation Order 1980", stated amongst other things that "...Shugaba Abdurrahman Darman at present in Nigeria ought to be classified as …

Heineken claims its business helps Africa. Is that too good to be true? by Olivier van Beemen

The first time Heineken amazed me was in Tunisia, in early 2011, when I was covering the Jasmine revolution and the fall of President Ben Ali for a Dutch business newspaper. During my reporting, I discovered that Heineken maintained close ties with the kleptocratic family clan that had ruled Tunisia for almost 25 years. It …

Nigerian women warned not to come to Britain in government campaign by Catherine Wylie

‘Modern slavery is one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time,’ says Penny Mordaunt The UK government is backing an advertising campaign urging Nigerian women and girls to find jobs at home instead of “risking a life of modern slavery” in Britain. Posters are to be placed in schools, churches and marketplaces in …

Migrants can be deported as “persistent offenders” even if crime-free for years By Conor James McKinney

The Court of Appeal has reiterated that a migrant can be regarded as a “persistent offender” for the purposes of deportation law even if he or she has not committed a crime for some time. The case is Binbuga (Turkey) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 551. Mr Binbuga came …

How to apply to the Windrush compensation scheme By Nick Nason

Almost a year after it first broke, the Home Office has opened a compensation scheme for those affected by the Windrush scandal (the Scheme). It expects to pay out up to £310 million to victims. We provide in this post a brief outline of how the Scheme works, who can claim and how. There are …

Understanding Adams Oshiomhole By Abraham Ogbodo

Oshiomhole, against his narrative actually visited Saraki… here is the evidence! The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is used to public shows. He lives as if every situation in life is a piece of drama that must be acted out. Even at that, he does not respect the rules …

‪There exists an axis of evil, Trump, Purtin and Netanyahu and they are nostalgic for the 1930’s Europe.

Netanyahu, Trump and Putin: A love story The Israeli prime minister has worked hard to grow his political bromance with the presidents of Russia and the US. Call him a crook, call him a warmonger, but who other than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could boast two successful summits with both US and Russian presidents …

Letter from Africa: Nigeria’s farmer king by Shehu Usman Chindo Yamusa

Shehu Usman Chindo Yamusa III is the Emir of Keffi In our series of letters from Africa, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani visits an influential traditional ruler who often swaps his royal garb for boots and a hoe in a bid to encourage his subjects to take up farming. When the Emir of Keffi in …

Buhari’s unproductive foreign trips by Punch Editorial

Less than two months to the end of his first incumbency, it is now beyond doubt that President Muhammadu Buhari loves to bask in the short-term escapism of foreign trips. In the past week, the President has been to three different capitals in West Africa and the Middle East. With misery, insecurity and economic implosion …

Immigration and nationality fees lack “basic fairness” By Conor James McKinney

Consistently the most popular article on Free Movement, somewhat depressingly, is the list of immigration and nationality fees. The fees charged by the Home Office for processing visa, settlement and nationality applications are high, set far above the actual administrative cost to the department. Fees constitute a significant source of revenue for the department and …

Ending duties after the HRA By Giles Peaker

R (OAO Harris) v London Borough of Islington. High Court (Admin) CO/1282/2019 (unreported, settled March 2019.). This is a settled judicial review, I’ve seen the grounds, interim order and final consent order. It raises a number of issues about the performance of the new Housing Act 1996 Part VII duties as amended by the Homelessness …

Mitch McConnell is destroying the Senate – and American government by Robert Reich

No person has done more in living memory to undermine the functioning of the US government than the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Yes, Donald Trump has debased and defiled the presidency. He has launched blistering attacks on Democrats, on judges he disagrees with, journalists who criticize him and the intelligence community. But McConnell is …

Ward by Ward: Little Thurrock Rectory

 WE may be doing Little Thurock Rectory today as there has been a large fire on the Globe Estate. It reminded us of the area and its mix of industry and housing. It is often one of those seats that Labour fancy their chances, the Conservatives worry a little bit about and then they …

Why I’m no longer talking to Nigerians about race by ‪Panashe Chigumadzi‬

I had been a lazy author. I was so absorbed in my excitement for my first visit to Nigeria, that I didn’t bother to look through Aké Arts and Book Festival’s draft program in time to communicate any adjustments I had before it had to be finalized. When I did finally look through the program days before the 2016 edition I discovered a curiously …

Government of Zimbabwe under fire after spending thousands of dollars to import judges’ wigs from UK

The Zimbabwe government has come under fire after information emerged that it spent thousands of dollars on importing legal wigs from the UK for local judges, with critics lambasting the purchase as a colonial hang-up and a waste of money.     The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported that the country's Judiciary Service Commission placed an …

The Nollywood movie experiment to research Nigerians’ anti-corruption behaviour by Yomi Kazeem

Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye Working on a clearer image of Nigerian corruption. The popularity of Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry—the world’s second largest by volume—was covertly deployed for a social cause five years ago. Researchers from Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) collaborated to commission a feature film …

10 African countries to tour without security fears

Africa is a beautiful continent of 54 countries. However, tourists harbour conflicting thoughts about touring African countries. This uncertainty is caused by factors like social instability, war, famine which render some African regions unsafe for touring. Our focus will be spotlighted on ten of the safest African countries tourists can freely visit and enjoy: Morocco …

A mentor in shamelessness: the man who taught Trump the power of publicity by Michelle Dean

Roy Cohn, the lawyer who embraced infamy during the McCarthy hearings and Rosenberg trial, influenced Donald Trump to turn the tabloids into a soapbox Donald Trump is a man who likes to think he has few equals. But once upon a time, he had a mentor: Roy Cohn, a notoriously harsh lawyer who rose to …

How Trump Conspired with the Freedom Caucus to Shut Down the Government by Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer

It was as if Mark Meadows were watching a political car crash in slow motion. In November 2018, when House Republicans lost their legislative majority, it rendered him a bit player in Donald Trump’s Washington. Then in late November and early December, a more paralyzing fear began to creep into his mind: Republicans were going …

Last survivor of US slave ships discovered By Sean Coughlan BBC News family and education correspondent

Getty Images The last known survivor of the transatlantic slave ships, brought to the US in 1860, has been identified by an academic at Newcastle University. Sally Smith was kidnapped from West Africa by slave traders and lived until 1937 in Alabama, staying on the plantation where she had been enslaved. Hannah Durkin made the …

Unrecognised adoptions can attract EU free movement rights By Nath Gbikpi

Assiduous Free Movement readers and European law aficionados may remember the case of SM (Algeria) v Entry Clearance Officer [2018] UKSC 9, covered in this previous post. The case has now gone from the Supreme Court to the Court of Justice of the European Union, which has held that although a child who has been placed …

Before you share ‘trauma porn’ videos on social media, consider these critical things By Blue Telusma

OPINION: Hours after the death of Nipsey Hussle, images of his last moments thoughtlessly flew across the socialverse. But they were a failure to consider some important concepts People mourn for rapper Nipsey Hussle on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Image) As someone who has just recently moved to Los …

Donald Trump Is Weak and Afraid. The Mueller Report Proves It by David French

We now know for sure what kind of man Donald Trump is. Beyond the tweets, the rallies, the interviews, the debates, the press conferences, the scandals, the best-selling yet unclearly sourced insider books and the unrelenting braggadocio and aggrandizement, a comprehensive read of the Mueller report brings to life the portrait of the man Donald …

Edo State Lawmaker’s Daughter Sacked For Working With Forged Certificates

Deborah Ighiwiyisi Agbonayinma, the daughter of Ehionzuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, a federal lawmaker and Pension Ad Hoc Committee Chairman, has been working with the National Pension Commission (PenCom) with fake foreign and local university degree certificates, The Nation reports. Hon Agbonayinma is representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha of Edo State in the House of Representatives. Deborah was sacked about …

Police delivered N2.5m ransom to my kidnappers – Canadian by Tunji Bosun

A 52-year-old Canadian, Kyliuk Morris, on Tuesday said policemen in Ogun State assisted him to deliver the N2.5m ransom paid to his kidnappers to regain his freedom. Morris, in a chat with PUNCH Metro in Abeokuta, said his ordeal started when he was abducted by the hoodlums at Fidiwo, in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area …

Tory leadership race (to the bottom) by Paul Dallison

Boris Johnson? Michael Gove? Dominic Raab? Be afraid, be very afraid. Theresa May's press statements are like reboots of the "Star Wars" franchise. There's a brief flash of excitement ("Is she going to call a general election?" "Is she going to say 'f**k the lot of you, I'm off for a gin?'") followed by crushing …

An annotated guide to the redacted Mueller report

 Robert Mueller's redacted report comes after the special counsel spent more than two years investigating President Donald Trump and his associates' possible ties to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Mueller Report An annotated guide to the redacted Mueller report Here’s POLITICO’s rolling analysis of the hotly anticipated …

Breaking: CCT convicts Onnoghen, sacks him as CJN after declaring him guilty of false assets declaration and bans him from holding public office for 10 years

Nigeria constitution 292. (1) A judicial officer shall not be removed from his office or appointment before his age of retirement except in the following circumstances - (a) in the case of - (i) Chief Justice of Nigeria, President of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Chief Judge of the …

I’m a Divorce Lawyer. This Was the Wildest Divorce I Ever Encountered By Jeremy Brown

A divorce lawyer explains the wildest case she ever had to oversee — and what it can teach everyone about family law. Divorce doesn’t always have to be messy. But it often is. And amidst the intense emotions that surround the dissolution of a marriage, things can sometimes go wildly off the rails. Regina A. …

My Great-Grandfather, the Nigerian Slave-Trader

My parents’ home, in Umujieze, Nigeria, stands on a hilly plot that has been in our family for more than a hundred years. Traditionally, the Igbo people bury their dead among the living, and the ideal resting place for a man and his wives is on the premises of their home. My grandfather Erasmus, the …

Don’t rely on Mueller and Russia: there is no magic wand to rid us of Trump – or Brexit by Nesrine Malik

Almost a year ago, the US public radio network, NPR, interviewed Robert Mueller’s biographer, Garrett Graff. The book was a classic American hagiography. The “wealthy” Mueller went to Princeton University, where he played lacrosse, then followed his teammate David Hackett to Vietnam after Hackett had been killed trying to rescue an ambushed platoon. His biographer …

Government plans to ban no-fault evictions in England by BBC

Editorial The historical reason for S21 was because the government claimed it will increase the supply of housing in the private sector. This was because it wanted to reduce the social housing sector. Now the government wants the private sector to provide tenure security for tenants while the government whistles.Private landlords will no longer be …

How Blackface Feeds White Supremacy By Brent Staples

A racist caricature from 19th-century minstrel theater still haunts America. An image from "Blackface," the photographer David Levinthal's series depicting racist memorabilia. Credit: David Levinthal Nineteenth-century minstrel entertainers spawned a racist caricature that endures to this day when they darkened their faces to portray black people as grinning, dancing simpletons. The white men who donned …

Brexit’s Stickiest Point: The Irish Backstop by Andrew Chatzky

The Irish backstop is an attempt to avoid renewed instability in Northern Ireland, but opponents say it could keep the United Kingdom trapped in the European Union’s customs union forever. The dispute could determine the future of Brexit. What’s happening? As the March 29 deadline to leave the European Union approaches, the UK Parliament has …

Why the British Chose Brexit by ANAND MENON

Behind the Scenes of the Referendum The United Kingdom’s vote last year to leave the European Union was a seismic event. The British people ignored the advice of the leaders of all their major political parties and of virtually all experts. George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, told voters that leaving would wreck the …

Sudan’s army removes President Bashir of Sudan after 30 years in power by Jason Burke

Editorial: Sudan has now breached a cardinal principle of the AU. No change of government by force of arms. Sudan will now be excluded from the AU until it reverts to democratic rule. President arrested after months of protests that escalated with mass sit-in on Saturday Sudan’s army has removed President Omar al-Bashir from power …

Hanke’s Annual Misery Index 2018: The World’s Saddest (And Happiest) Countries Steve Hanke

Nigeria ranked sixth most miserable country in the world The human condition inhabits a vast continuum between “miserable” and “happy.” In the sphere of economics, misery tends to flow from high inflation, steep borrowing costs and unemployment. The most surefire way to mitigate that misery is economic growth. All else equal, happiness tends to blossom …

Only Growth Can Defuse Nigeria’s Poverty Time Bomb by Bloomberg Opinion’s editorials

In his first term, President Muhammadu Buhari left too much undone. In his second, he needs to be bold. One of humanity’s most hopeful developments in recent decades has been the dramatic drop in extreme poverty. In 2000, some 1.4 billion people lived at or below the global poverty line of $1.90 a day. Today, the …

This Is Very Good.’ How Trump Beat the Mueller Investigation by Alana Abramson, Molly Ball and Tessa Berenson/Washington and Charlotte Alter/New York for Time Magazine

President Donald Trump had finished a round of Sunday golf and repaired to his private quarters at his Palm Beach, Fla., club when the news arrived. After 22 months, the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation were in. Moments before, around 3 p.m. on March 24, Trump’s White House lawyer Emmet Flood received a …

Why Nigeria’s Elections Won’t Change Anything By Elnathan John

There is little difference between the country’s ruling party and the opposition. A campaign poster for President Muhammadu Buhari, who is running for re-election. Nigeria has come a long way from 1999 when the army handed over power to a democratically elected government, but the bar must rise from simply conducting marginally free and fair …

How WhatsApp influenced Nigeria’s recent election — and what it taught us about ‘fake news.’ By Jamie Hitchen, Jonathan Fisher, Nic Cheeseman, Idayat Hassan

Supporters of Nigerian presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, of the People’s Democratic Party, attend an election campaign rally at the Tafawa Balewa Square, in Lagos, Nigeria, on Tuesday, before Saturday’s elections. (Sunday Alamba/AP) WhatsApp’s use as a tool for political campaigns and sharing fake news across the global south has become increasingly apparent in the past …

Nigerian Minister Audu Ogheh Mocked On American TV Show Over ‘Pizza From Britain’ Comment

Making his face into a mini-frown, tainted with a dash of mockery, he said: "You're telling me Nigerians are flying past Italy to get British pizza? While you're at it, why not fly past Amsterdam to get weed in Romania? Like what are you doing? This is so extra. Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture, …

DO NOT WRITE TO THE COURT WITHOUT COPYING IN THE OTHER SIDE: NOW ITS IN THE RULES – AND THERE ARE SANCTIONS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE by Gordon Exall

In Applications, Civil Procedure, Rule Changes The writer has looked several times at judicial warnings against one party writing to the court without copying in the other party.  Those warnings have now been inserted into the Rules. The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2019 introduce a new CPR 39.8 which comes into force on the 6th …

This new law allows tenants to sue their landlords for cold and mouldy homes

If repair and maintenance work is not carried out by the owner, the occupant will be able to take them to court Tenants are going to be given the power to sue their landlords over damp and mould in their homes when a new law comes into force. From March 20, the Homes (Fitness for …

The High Court Rules that Right to Rent breaches Human Rights law

As you are no doubt aware, under the ‘Right to Rent’ rules, landlords are responsible for checking the immigration status of potential tenants and face fierce penalties if they rent to someone who does not have the ‘right to rent’ in the UK.  Which can include a prison sentence. Many have complained that this is in …

CUPP: Agents of Buhari are among judges listed to hear Atiku’s petition

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that some of the judges on the panel to hear the petition of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are working for President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement by Ikenga Ugochinyere, its spokesman, the coalition said it had seen the names of …

The Moron renews Zimbabwe sanctions

Existing US sanctions on Zimbabwe in place since 2003 have been extended for a further 12 months. President Donald Trump says the southern African nation poses an "unusual and extraordinary" threat to US foreign policy. He blamed President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government for failing to implement the "political and economic overhaul required to rebuild its reputation". …

Nigeria 2019: Notes from the field by Reuben Abati

Whoever came up with the wise saying that Nigerian politics is dirty deserves an award for perspicacity. I have just returned from that dirtied, muddled up, confused, uncertain, unpredictable zone of Nigerian life and society with truck loads of stories in my head and enough impressions in my mind to last me another life-time. As …

‘They can’t believe he is gone’: Beloved Nigerian cultural critic among dead in Ethiopian Airlines crash By Max Bearak

Pius Adesanmi was one of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash March 10. (Josh Hotz/AP) NAIROBI — At a workshop in 2013, the Nigerian writer Chuma Nwokolo came up with a thought-provoking exercise: He asked the more than 40 assembled African thinkers to inscribe their own epitaph. “Here lies Pius Adesanmi,” one wrote, “who …

Naija no dey carry last by Pius Adesanmi

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01CUXLFXU/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_tai_uN4NCbXB4YCWM Naija no dey carry last, please buy this funny take on our country by a late but insightful author of several books and articles on the sad snail journey of Africa’s most populous country. Your purchase will contribute to his family purse and make you laugh out loud.

Amoral and venal: Britain’s governing class has lost all sense of duty by Aditya Chakrabortty

Even as doodlebugs smashed into the surrounding streets, George Orwell consoled himself with this thought: “One thing that has always shown that the English ruling class are morally fairly sound, is that in time of war they are ready enough to get themselves killed.” Present those who governed us with an existential crisis, he argued …

The humbling of Britain By Martin Fletcher

The “enemies of the people” are not those opposing Brexit, but the reckless politicians who have brought us to this act of self-harm. We are reduced to this. A humiliated, supplicant British prime minister sitting alone in a Brussels side room for six hours while the rest of the European Union discusses our fate. A government …

The Problem With Nostalgia by Michael Musto

Michael Musto argues that wearing rose-colored glasses always leads to an unfair distortion — looking back on the best of the past while comparing it to the worst of the present. Sascha Kilmer/ Getty, Unsplash, Illustration by Katie Kosma Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used To Be was the hilarious title of Oscar winning actress Simone …

Republicans need to condemn Trump’s brazen bigotry By Michael Gerson

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Capitol Hill in June 2018. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) What happens when immense bigotry gets lodged in a small mind? Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is what happens. During a recent interview with the New York Times, King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” …

Can we rebrand Nigeria without conquering mediocrity? By Martins Oloja

Late Professor Pius Adesanmi In our country, the more we try to conclude complicated and inconclusive democratic matters including elections, the more inconclusive they seem. As we tried to conclude inconclusive gubernatorial matters at the weekend, the more complicated the inconclusive elections became everywhere. It came to pass at the weekend that the Osun state …

Landmark ruling declares “Right To Rent” scheme unlawful

In a landmark decision the High Court has declared a key plank of the Government’s “hostile environment” policy discriminatory and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In a judgment handed down today, Mr Justice Martin Spencer ruled that the “Right to Rent” scheme - which prohibits landlords from renting properties to people …

Mark Meadows and the Victim Card By Kashana Cauley

Accused of a racist act, the congressman threw a fit. Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, objected to a statement from a Democratic member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee during testimony from Michael Cohen on Wednesday. Representative Mark Meadows President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, testified before Congress with evidence …

Neil MacGregor visits different countries to talk to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain. Neil visits Nigeria to meet Nobel Laureate for Literature, Wole Soyinka; Yeni Kuti, dancer, singer and eldest child of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti; and Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano.

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Hizballah to be banned alongside other terrorist organisations by UK Home Office

Hizballah, Ansaroul Islam and Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM) are set to be banned following their proscription as terrorist organisations. A draft order, laid in Parliament today, will proscribe Hizballah in its entirety alongside Ansaroul Islam and JNIM who operate in the Sahel region in Africa. Subject to Parliament’s approval, from Friday when the order …

Michael Cohen’s hearing was explosive — but not for what was new by WP Editorial Board

FORMER TRUMP lawyer Michael Cohen’s Wednesday hearing before the House Oversight Committee was explosive not for what was new — but, depressingly, what was not new to anyone watching this administration with clear eyes. The takeaway: President Trump is a liar with a defective character — and, possibly, a criminal. Corroborating allegations previously revealed in …

Shamima Begum’s case shows us citizenship can never protect our rights by James Bridle

The rules for citizens can be rewritten at a whim, we should not let go of the centuries of legal protections that predate them Under ancient Roman law, those who were accused of the most heinous crimes were stripped of their status as citizens. They became known as “homo sacer”, or “sacred man” – sacred …

DEFAULT JUDGMENT SET ASIDE, RELIEF FROM SANCTIONS GRANTED: ACTION THEN STRUCK OUT: REMEMBERING THE BASIC OBLIGATION TO FILE A DEFENCE – ON TIME

In Applications, Avoiding negligence claims, Civil Procedure, Relief from sanctions, Setting aside judgment In Workman v Deansgate 123 LLP [2019] EWHC 360 (QB) Mr Justice William Davis allowed an application to set aside a default judgment and relief from sanctions.  The most surprising procedural aspect of this case is the defendant’s failure to file a defence …

Delta: Is it finished for Ogboru? By Emmanuel Aziken

Ogboru As the results of the Delta State governorship election trickled in yesterday showing the Peoples Democratic Party’s Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa cruising comfortably to another term, there were reports that his main challenger, Chief Great Ogboru had departed the state for Lagos.  Great Ogboru…insists he should have been governor of Delta State Ortom takes …

Central African Republic is now the ‘most dangerous place in the world for children’ By Christine Romo, Cynthia McFadden, Jake Whitman, Kenzi Abou-Sabe and Rich Schapiro

Beset by a raging civil war and the prospect of famine, the Central African Republic is in shambles. One and a half year old Vincent is held by his mother at the Bangui Paediatric Centre in Bangui, Central African Republic. Vincent's mother brought him to the country's only pediatric hospital because he was on the …

Edo APC House of Assembly candidate regains freedom 38 days after kidnap 1 week ago By Alemma Aliu

BENIN—the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Owan West Constituency, Mike Ohio-Ezomo, kidnapped in his country home near Uzebba was released Saturday night in Owo, Ondo State after 38 days in his kidnappers’ den. It was gathered that his family members, who had struggled to raise the ransom demanded in hard currency , were …

Obaseki leads Edo APC to record-breaking victory, clears 24 of 24 House of Assembly seats

…expresses gratitude to electorate for massive votes …party chieftains delighted at governor’s leadership style The growing popularity of the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, across households in the state has earned the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, an unprecedent political gain, shattering old records and winning all 24 seats in the Saturday …

Nigeria election 2019: Big winners and big losers By Naziru Mikailu BBC Africa, Abuja

Reuters Celebrations for President Buhari's supporters and plenty of surprises in the parliamentary vote The re-election of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria's president may not have come as much of a surprise to many Nigerians, but there have been some major upsets in the parliamentary polls. Most shocking has been the collapse of some powerful "godfathers", …

Prominent senators, governors who lost out in Senate race By Azeezat Adedigba

Senate President, Bukola Saraki Some prominent senators in the Eighth National Assembly will not be returning in the next assembly, having lost at the polls on Saturday. Millions of Nigerians on Saturday went to the polls to elect a president who will lead Africa’s most populous country for the next four years. The voters also …

BREAKING: Nigeria’s Pius Adesanmi Killed In Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crash by SaharaReporters.com

Three different family members, plus a close friend of Adesanmi’s and a Canadian official, confirmed the sad development to SaharaReporters. Until his death, Adesanmi was a Professor of English at Carleton University. Pius Adesanmi, popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, was on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the early hours of …

What’s Driving the Crisis in Zimbabwe? By CFA

Its Rulers Care More About Power Plays Than Economic Reforms Over the course of his nearly 40 years in power, former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe demonstrated again and again how disconnected his rule was from the needs of his people. The violent pogroms he ordered in the 1980s against a largely imaginary enemy in the west of …

Can President Assad’s wife be deprived of her British citizenship on public good grounds? By Colin Yeo

The “Liberal” Democrats are apparently calling for President Assad’s wife to be deprived of her British citizenship. I am loathe to refer to anyone as “x person’s wife” but this seems to be exactly the basis for the deprivation of citizenship: that she is President Assad’s wife. The remainder of the justification seems very thin …

Nigerians vote in governor elections in 29 states

The governor race in the largest city of Lagos is among those highly contested Nigerians are heading to the polls to elect state and local representatives, two weeks after the presidential poll. Ballots are being cast in 29 of the country's 36 states. In oil-rich Nigeria, some state governors control budgets larger than those of …

What Is Extradition?

Introduction Building on a practice dating back to antiquity, states forge extradition treaties so they can pursue fugitives and other wanted individuals in faraway jurisdictions. Extradition has become ever more important given the spread of transnational criminal organizations, including those involved in terrorism, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, and cybercrime. The United States has extradition treaties with …

Right to Rent Scheme government statement Made by: Caroline Nokes (The Minister of State for Immigration)

HCWS1379 The Right to Rent Scheme was launched to prevent illegal migrants from accessing the private rental sector, and to tackle unscrupulous landlords who exploit vulnerable migrants, sometimes in very poor conditions. In 2016, a requirement was introduced for landlords and lettings agents in England to take reasonable steps to check that they are renting …

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia by Alastair Crooke

Editorial And by extension Boko Haram in Nigeria. Getty BEIRUT — The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence …

Middle East Time Bomb: The Real Aim of ISIS Is to Replace the Saud Family as the New Emirs of Arabia by Alastair Crooke

ASSOCIATED PRESS This article is Part II of Alastair Crooke’s historical analysis of the roots of ISIS and its impact on the future of the Middle East. Read Part I here. BEIRUT — ISIS is indeed a veritable time bomb inserted into the heart of the Middle East. But its destructive power is not as …

Fitness for Human Habitation – four points on the new act by Tessa Shepperson

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 received the Royal Assent at the very end of last year and is due to come into force on 20 March.  You can read an excellent description on the Nearly Legal site. How is this act going to impact on landlords? My Landlord Law members had a …

Trump repeat post

Trump wants to do to America what he did and does to his companies. America cannot afford Trump and his cohorts. Trump uses other people's money to build his assets and walk away from his debts. He has been bankrupt twice. And he has just uprooted the financial guard of his Goldman Sachs creditors. He …

Five things about Nigeria: The superpower with no power

More than 84 million Nigerians are geared up to vote on 16 February, but what do you know about Africa's most-populous nation and largest economy? 1) Afrobeats - one of its greatest exports Nigerian musicians are touring the world and picking up awards at the forefront of the global craze for Afrobeats. This is not …

Hillingdon’s 10 year rule (Again) By Dave

As a socio-legal academic, I just love it when a court has to deal with “the empirical evidence” (and, as an occasional qualitative researcher, also love it when quals are regarded as superior to quants).  In R(TW)(No 2) v Hillingdon LBC [2019] EWHC 157 (Admin), the question for Rowena Collins-Rice, sitting as a Deputy High …

ELECTRONIC BUNDLES, WITNESSES AND THE TRIAL PROCESS: A WARNING FROM THE COURTS: SORT THIS OUT OR THE COURT WILL GO BACK TO PAPER BUNDLES by Gordon Exall, Barrister, Zenith Chambers, Leeds, & Hardwicke, London

There is a warning to anyone considering the use of electronic bundles at trial contained in the judgment of Mr Justice Birss in Invista Textiles (UK) Ltd & Anor v Botes & Ors [2019] EWHC 58 (Ch).THE CASE The judge was giving judgment in a case where witnesses had been cross-examined using electronic bundles.  The  bundles had …

CIVIL PROCEDURE BACK TO BASICS 28: EXHIBITS TO WITNESS STATEMENTS AND AFFIDAVITS

Civil evidence, Civil Procedure, Witness statements The “exhibiting” of documents  to witness statements and affidavits is common. It is surprising how common it is for the exhibit, and the witness statement, to fail to comply with the rules. Here we look at the rules relating to exhibits and useful guidance in relation to the use …

Fiona Onasanya MP released from prison this morning after serving a third of her three-month jail sentence for perverting the course of justice

Disgraced junior lawyer MP’s jail term not unduly lenient, Attorney General rules MP Fiona Onasanya A disgraced junior lawyer turned MP who was jailed for perverting the course of justice will not have her three-month sentence extended after the Attorney General decided against referring her case to the Court of Appeal. Commercial property law specialist …

Home Office held eight-month-old baby with British citizenship in detention by Jamie Grierson

Court documents show baby was locked with his Nigerian mother for 12 days An eight-month-old baby was locked up by the Home Office in immigration detention despite being a British citizen, it has emerged. The details of the case appear in court documents revealing that the Home Office successfully won an appeal against a ruling that the …

Why Nigeria is failing teachers and pupils BBC

AFP In our series of letters from African journalists, the editor-in-chief of Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper, Mannir Dan Ali, considers why Africa's most populous country is struggling to educate its children. Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Nigeria's Kaduna State, likes to make headlines. While receiving a visiting World Bank delegation recently, he revealed that a …