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Adeyemi Adediran: The Nigerian Harvard Law Student defending a veteran at the U.S. Court of Appeals
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Africans rising Adeyemi Adediran: The Nigerian Harvard Law Student defending a veteran at the U.S. Court of Appeals

Adeyemi Adediran moved to the U.S. six years ago and he is currently a second year student at the Harvard Law School where he participated in the Federal Tax Clinic. He argued in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals on behalf of a military veteran with PTSD. The veteran’s appeal to the Seventh Circuit centred on his eligibility for innocent spouse relief under the Internal Revenue Code.

Rwanda: President Kagame says he’s unlikely to seek a fourth term
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Politics and Society Rwanda: President Kagame says he’s unlikely to seek a fourth term

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has said he is unlikely to contest for a fourth term. If President Kagame who won 98 percent of the vote in the 2017 presidential polls decides against contesting the next elections, the decision could significantly shake Rwanda’s political landscape, which has been dominated by the ruling party.

Nigerian newspaper, Punch, to start addressing Pres. Buhari by his military title
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Politics and Society Nigerian newspaper, Punch, to start addressing Pres. Buhari by his military title

A leading Nigerian newspaper, Punch, has said it will henceforth prefix President Muhammadu Buhari’s name with his former military title he used when he ruled the country in a brutal manner in the 1980s. The publication says its stance is “a symbolic demonstration… against autocracy and military-style repression”.

Press freedom and judicial independence threatened under Pres Buhari’s rule
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Politics and Society Press freedom and judicial independence threatened under Pres Buhari’s rule

Nigeria’s democracy is under threat, with press freedom and judicial independence in serious peril. State Security Service officers brazenly cocked guns at a Federal High Court leading to the re-arrest of Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, raising concerns on the country’s shrinking democratic space.

Nigeria, Hate Speech Bills and a dying democracy
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Politics and Society Nigeria, Hate Speech Bills and a dying democracy

With a Hate Speech Bill and a shrinking democratic space, Nigerian lawmakers have become no different from the country’s military rule which saw dictatorship thrive. The final breath of democracy in Nigeria is being killed by Nigerian lawmakers, and Nigerians run the risk of losing what is left of their freedom if they continue to sit in silence.