21 Apr

The week ahead – Groping for light

On April 13, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed 23 new executives into a bevy of federal government agencies, including the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons, the National Park Service and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. Much of the spotlight was however reserved for the significant shake-up at the National Pension Commission. Here, six Executive Board members, including its respected Director-General, Dr. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu; the Chairman

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20 Apr

Infographs – EFCC’s recoveries

The data contained in the infographs paint a picture of monies recovered by the EFCC in the War on Corruption since 2015. This data, accurate as of 19 April 2017, was compiled from public sources, mainly the EFCC’s website, and newspaper reports. All data which had a single source was eliminated.

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07 Apr

The week ahead – The ERGP may not help Amnesty funding

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned Nigeria that its economy needs urgent reform. In a report published on Wednesday, it highlighted the risks to growth for the recession-hit country and the dangers of a volatile foreign exchange market. The document, a report from IMF staff, outlines a raft of failings in Nigeria’s handling of Africa’s largest economy and could affect talks over at least $1.4 billion in international loans. It strikes a more critical

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04 Apr

What does Nigeria’s amended electoral act mean?

In one of its more consequential decisions, Nigeria’s Senate on March 30, passed the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2017. This follows years of mostly unsuccessful attempts – the current amendments are aimed at instituting more reform in the electoral process and make it freer, fairer and credible.

Last Thursday’s amendments are the most ambitious and wide ranging attempt at further enhancing the provenance of electoral conduct in Nigeria. The new

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31 Mar

The week ahead – On a bright note, PIB and forex inspire a dance

The NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, has said the corporation has split the Petroleum Industry Bill into four for easy passage into law. Baru said this on Tuesday while speaking at the Department of State Services’ Executive Intelligence Management Course in Abuja. He said the split was done on the direction of Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, and the President. The action is expected to allow the National Assembly deliver on the

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24 Mar

The week ahead – Death, debt and dearth

Benue State was thrown into mourning on Sunday following the killing of a final year Geography student of the State University, Makurdi, allegedly by herdsmen. Hundreds of protesting students took to the streets demanding the arrest and prosecution of those behind the killing. The following day, more than twenty people were killed in an attack on Zaki Biam’s yam market. And the day after in Jato-Aka, at least one person was killed as the community intercepted a truck

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17 Mar

The week ahead – There will be more drama

Nigeria’s inflation rate bucked the trend in February to fall to 17.78 percent, its lowest level in 15 months. This was driven by a slower rise in general price levels, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday. Inflation had risen to 18.72 percent in January, its 12th monthly rise and its highest level in more than 11 years, as Africa’s biggest economy grapples with an economic recession, a currency crisis and dollar shortages, brought on by low

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10 Mar

The week ahead – The returning President has some unhappiness to deal with

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria this morning from the UK where he had been receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment over the last six weeks. The President left Nigeria on January 19 for what was announced as an annual vacation, to last ten days. The vacation was extended indefinitely when the President sent a letter to the National Assembly asking for more time to attend to medical issues as suggested by his doctors.

The CBN intervened for

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03 Mar

The week ahead – Questions, answers, then more questions

The newly confirmed Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has condemned a disregard for court rulings, saying it is an act of impunity that is threatening the independence of the judiciary. Mr. Onnoghen made this point on March 1 at the Senate during his screening for confirmation as the substantive CJN, having been so recommended by the National Judicial Council, NJC, and nominated for the position by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Fielding questions from the

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02 Mar

Could Jihadis confront each other in the Sahel?

In what is sure to have significant security and counter-terrorism implications on three continents, al-Mourabitoun, AQIM (AL Qaeda in the Maghreb), Ansar Dine, Macina Liberation Front have announced that they have all joined together to create a new but unified al-Qaeda Trans-Sahelian franchise.

While some, or all of the groups have been operating in concordance at least since late 2015, this public declaration changes the game in some ways, and is significant in that

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