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Nigeria to host 8th Commonwealth Africa anti-corruption conference
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Politics and Society Nigeria to host 8th Commonwealth Africa anti-corruption conference

Nigeria will host the 8th regional conference of anti-corruption agencies in Commonwealth Africa in 2018 according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) a Nigerian law enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes such as advance fee fraud and money laundering. The conference is significant considering that corruption continues to affect the continent’s efforts towards good governance, sustainable economic growth, peace, stability and development.

Tanzania fires 10,000 civil servants over fake qualifications
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Politics and Society Tanzania fires 10,000 civil servants over fake qualifications

Tanzanian President John Magufuli last week fired almost 10 000 civil servants because they had forged their educational qualifications. Magufuli reportedly said the vacant posts would be filled urgently by “qualified persons” The dismissal has been welcomed by many, seen as step in the right direction, which signals strong leadership and political will to effectively get rid of corruption. Since taking office Magufuli has been praised for taking bold steps, aimed at fighting corruption, profligacy, malfeasance and strengthening public sector transparency and accountability.

Sorry, But My Country Is Ugly
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Politics and Society Sorry, But My Country Is Ugly

What lofty and enduring dream could sprout in us when we have become accustomed to squalor, habituated to decrepitude, made our peace with detritus? What hope is there for us when we fetishise Dubai and flaunt our expensive Louis Vuitton handbags, and yet fail to realise that our country has become—is—an endless open toilet, overflowing with septic sludge? Okey Ndibe chronicles his recent visit to Nigeria, which he describes as a “nightmare”.

Britain: PM David Cameron says Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” countries
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Politics and Society Britain: PM David Cameron says Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” countries

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron’s critical comments that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” countries have caused quite a stir on social media. The comments were made during a discussion with the Queen, just before the start of the London Anti-Corruption Summit. Interestingly, early this year, President Muhammadu Buhari admitted that Nigerians have a bad reputation abroad, but noted “we are on our way to salvage that”. Could Nigeria ever shake off this reputation?