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African Succession Planning

Hello everyone,

Our guest columnist today raises a pertinent issue exemplified by the rise of Boko Haram. It is summed up in the dictum that, "those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable". As someone who has traversed the corridoors of power as spokesman to the immediate past President of Nigeria and an international Harvard Scholar he knows a lot about the African power dynamics. We see this playing out in Zimbabwe where the current Vice President is being turfed out by the Presidents wife. While it is not wrong for outgoing politicians to seek to influence their choice of successors it is vital that they do this without shutting down the political space. Freedom and social justice can never be overestimated.

Happy reading guys.


At a campaign podium about three weeks ago, the otherwise urbane and
very restrained Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State made a rather
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Notes on the Coming Economic Crunch

Postscript By Waziri Adio, Email:

Despite the spirited attempts by some officials to put a calm face on
things, something is coming at us, and it is not pretty. It is a major
economic crisis, fuelled by the slump in the price of crude oil. The
coming crisis may be short or it may be long. But come, it will. So we
need to brace up for the uncertainties of the lean time, a period that
will be made even more unpleasant by the fact that we have left
ourselves very little wriggle room. We need competent and clear-headed
management of the economic crisis to ensure that it does not complicate
existing crises on the social and security fronts. The omens have been in plain sight for a while now, with dwindling oil
revenues at a time of sustained high oil prices, with persistent
wrangling over allocations at the Federation Accounts Allocation
Committee (FAAC), with the consistent depletion of the Excess Crude
Account (E…