Buhari’s Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 Is An Unlawful Power-Grab By Chidi Odinkalu

When he ran to be Nigeria’s president for the fourth time in 2014, Muhammadu Buhari pleaded that he was a converted democrat. Since Nigerians granted him his wish in 2015, he appears to have found it difficult either to show off the new livery of a converted democrat or to shake off his old habits …

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Rising debt is entrenching poverty by Taiwo Ojoye

STATISTICS on Nigeria’s rising debt profile raise fresh concerns over the direction of the economy on President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch. With the total national debt stock at N23.7tn by March 31 this year and new borrowings underway, the mismatch between infrastructure, productivity and employment on one hand and debt on the other hand, is frightening. …

Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician

Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musicianBut it wasn’t all singing and dancing But it wasn’t all singing and dancingTHE old Afrika Shrine, a music venue in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, was burned down by soldiers in 1977. Its founder, the late Fela Kuti, a musical megastar, had called them …

For those who fight sex-trafficking, dark rituals compound the problem Nigerians forced into prostitution abroad need practical and spiritual help S. D’I. AND ERASMUS

Nigerians forced into prostitution abroad need practical and spiritual helpPEOPLE who campaign against the ghastly phenomenon of human trafficking and sex slavery soon become aware that they are contending not only with flesh-and-blood wrongdoers but also with invisible forces which, if nothing else, are very much alive inside people’s heads.One of the most notorious North-South …

Letter from Africa: Why is no-one talking about the Zamfara conflict?

AFPZamfara has been suffering from bad governance for decadesIn our series of letters from African journalists, Kadaria Ahmed looks at the brewing crisis in Nigeria's Zamfara State, which analysts say has the potential to become as deadly as the Boko Haram conflict.Growing up nearly 50 years ago in Nigeria's north-western Zamfara State, I could never …

No more sip tests? ID card pilot to help jump the court queue by Law Gazette

Barristers and solicitors will be given electronic ID cards to allow them to bypass onerous security measures in place at courts around the country.Both the Law Society and Bar Council have confirmed a pilot scheme is ‘very likely’ to take place next month at a select group of courts. If successful it could be rolled …

Letter from Africa: Turning Nigerian herders into ranchers by Mannir Dan Ali

Cows are Fulani's prized possession, they walk for hundreds of miles to find pasture for themIn our series of letters from African journalists, the editor-in-chief of Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper, Mannir Dan Ali, considers whether ranches could solve the deadly conflicts between herders and farmers.No issue is generating more heat in Nigeria at the moment …

Lawyer blames visitor visa refusals on ‘deep underlying racism’ by Amelia Hill

Home Office accused of regularly refusing visitor visas for trivial reasons, and deploying scare tactics when complaints are raisedVisitor visas refused: Nigerian family blocked from attending weddingThe Home Office has been accused of regularly refusing visitor visas to those wishing to come to the UK for a short period for trivial and inaccurate reasons, with …

Visitor visas refused: Nigerian family blocked from attending wedding by Amelia Hill

Chinwe Azubuike was left devastated when the Home Office made ‘spurious and plainly wrong’ decisionChinwe Azubuike had not seen her Nigerian family for 14 years when she invited them to her marriage in London to Ed Cook, the art-dealer father of her two British-born children.As a member of the Igbo tribe, it was particularly important …

Odega Shawa in an open letter to Gumsu Abacha

Last week, Gumsu took to her Facebook page to insult Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, who at the democracy day investiture on June 12th, questioned President Buhari's loyalty to her late father, military dictator, Sani Abacha. Soyinka said Buhari cannot be applauding Abiola and in the same vein be speaking good of Abacha who brought so much hardship on …