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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.

Unbridled profligacy: 120 BMWs and 19 Rolls Royce for the King of eSwatini Kingdom
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Politics and Society Unbridled profligacy: 120 BMWs and 19 Rolls Royce for the King of eSwatini Kingdom

For the past three years the public servants of eSwatini Kingdom have received no pay rise, but their leader, King Mswati III just purchased 120 BMWs and 19 Rolls Royce. The purchase of the vehicles has been widely criticised, seen as wasteful spending amid high poverty levels, low wages for public workers and rising cost of living.

Libya is in a “cycle of violence, atrocities and impunity,” – ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda
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Politics and Society Libya is in a “cycle of violence, atrocities and impunity,” – ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda

The International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda presented the situation of Libya before the UN Security Council. The human security situation in Libya is of grave concern. Bensouda said there’s “an escalation of violence, high number of civilian deaths, thousands of persons internally displaced, and a sharp increase in abductions, disappearances and arbitrary arrests across Libya.”

The West African Monetary Union is taking back control of its currency from France
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Politics and Society The West African Monetary Union is taking back control of its currency from France

Since 1945, the CFA franc has been the currency used by French colonies, and the usage of the currency continued after independence. Benin President Patrice Talon revealed that the West African Monetary Union has unanimously agreed to take back control of its currency, withdrawing foreign reserves of the West African CFA from France. The move has been welcomed across the continent.