Nigeria’s youths continue to suffer under police brutality and extortion. The Nigerian Police was ranked the worst in Africa in 2017. Reforms were promised, but the Nigerian Police has not changed much about its image and interaction with the public.
Nigerians celebrated independence from Britain on October 1, 1960. The country has been plagued with leadership problems which Nigerian Afrobeat maestro Fela Kuti railed against. Fela has been labelled a prophet by many Nigerians, but is he really a prophet or it’s just the Nigerian society which has failed to change.
Nigeria is in the throes of various economic, security and social challenges. However, the urgency to address poverty, unemployment and other pressing social and political issues is lacking. What is concerning is how Nigerian leaders are quoting the Bible, asking their compatriots to persevere like the children of Israel till they reach the “land flowing with milk and honey”.
Bobi Wine’s distinctive red berets worn by his People Power Movement party members has been assigned to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), thus making it illegal to be worn by civilians or sold on the streets.
Somali social rights activist Ilwad Elman has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. The Prize honours persons who have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.
The two African giants want to move on, but must first get past the difficult issue of xenophobia.
Torpout Nyarikjor, an engineering student at Dilla University in southern Ethiopia has invented a malaria detection device. The “Tor” which is the name of the device, uses lasers to ascertain infection in the blood and is 70% accurate.
Persecuting foreigners is contrary to SA’s constitutional promise that the country belongs to all who live in it.
The AU’s new International Criminal Law Section offers a chance for the regional body to address root causes of conflict.