Though several African countries have adopted legal frameworks to end early marriage in the wake of the first African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, in November 2015, the slow rate of reduction and rapid population growth are making progress difficult, writes Linus Unah.
After years of struggle, South Sudan finally gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011, and Africa’s longest-running civil war came to an end. But several years of conflict have resulted in a collapsing economy and undermined agriculture, leaving 1 million people on the verge of starvation. Will the world’s newest country ever get any better? asks Linus Unah.
When the pro-separatist movement the Indigenous People of Biafra asked Igbos in Nigeria’s south-eastern region to stay at home on 30 May to remember those who lost their lives in the country’s bloody civil war 50 years ago, it did not foresee the reaction that followed.
Politics in Nigeria can be as sweet as honey, at least for those who wind up as presidents, governors, lawmakers, ministers, commissioners and, more recently, the growing army of political ‘sons’ called special assistants or advisers, writes Linus Unah.
The disease of forging education certificates has infected every sphere of public life in Nigeria, including politics. In fact, several politicians have been embroiled in scandals involving fake certificates.
Government officials in Nigeria have been accused of diverting money, food and relief materials meant for internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the Islamist group Boko Haram. This means that all the donations – especially those made directly to the government – might still not solve the humanitarian crisis in the north-east of the country.
The severity of former Nigerian President Umaru Yar’adua’s illness was the subject of great speculation and the cause of much uncertainty until he died in May 2010. President Buhari needs to learn from the past and avoid repeating the same mistake.
While some people might argue that the president of Nigeria retains some semblance of his past as a disciplinarian, taking nearly four months to react to the allegations against a top member of his Cabinet does not speak well of his honesty and commitment to his promise to tackle waste and corruption.