Western Africa

Nigeria Supports Cameroon Against Dissidents

Nigeria on Monday assured Cameroon that it will help in dealing with secessionist forces attempting to use its territory to destabilise its West African neighbour. Last week, Nigeria extradited Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, leader of a Cameroonian anglophone separatist movement, and 46 of his supporters at Yaounde’s request, sparking condemnation from the United Nations refugee agency […]

Western Africa

Nigeria’s Indigenous People of Biafra is terrorist group says Judge

The secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is a terrorist group, this according to Justice Abdul Kafarati who upheld an earlier ruling, which had come to a similar conclusion. Justice Kafarati ruled that the Attorney General of the Federation had used proper legal processes to apply for IPOB’s prescription in September 2017. Media reports […]

Western Africa

Opposition leader dies in Equatorial Guinea prison

An opposition activist died in prison after being tortured in Equatorial Guinea, the country’s main opposition party said Monday, accusing the government of “cruel and inhumane”  treatment of its detainees. The death of Santiago Ebee Ela, 41 comes soon after coup attempts in Equatorial Guinea with the government saying he attempted coup was organised in […]

Western Africa

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expelled from own poliical party

Outgoing Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been expelled from her own party, for allegedly failing to support its candidate to succeed her. Sirleaf is said to have encouraged people to vote against her vice-president, Joseph Boakai. Boakai’s dream to lead Liberia crushed on January 27, after the presidential elections runoff won by former soccer star George […]

Western Africa

Boiling a Frog – Ramaphosa’s Patient Battle

analysis By Paul Nantulya Ramaphosa is now president of a deeply divided party. History suggests he will move cautiously, but effectively. Cyril Ramaphosa’s dramatic election as president of the African National Congress (ANC) last month has raised as many questions as it has answered. Since he defeated rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the 18 December party […]

Western Africa

Is ANC Bent On Radical Policies? Here’s Why the Answer Is No

analysis By Steven Friedman, University of Johannesburg When media cover a political party conference decision, it is best to report on the entire resolution, not just the exciting bits. This may reduce the audience but will improve accuracy. The point seems to have been forgotten in reporting on a resolution on land expropriation passed at […]