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Buhari: Moving from thinking to doing

Lagos – To borrow a phrase from former President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Muhammadu Buhari must move “from thinking, to doing.” His “body language political doctrine” needs a little bit more fillip to deliver his electoral promises. The optimism that greeted his ascendancy as President is fast eroding.

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Nigeria, Italy to Pledge to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

Abuja – Nigeria and Italy have pledged to work towards strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries. This was part of the decision reached between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during a meeting between the two leaders in Abuja.

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Corruption as mass murder is Buhari’s new battle cry

There is a happy practice in Africa of countries adopting what is working in other nations on the continent. So one starts free primary education, and soon others follow. In the reforms of the 1990s and early 2000s, after the old state structures had failed dismally, semi-independent executive agencies became the fashion, so everyone created a new Revenue Authority, a Civil Aviation Authority, an Investment Promotion Board, a Communications Commission.

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Western partners can’t provide military assistance to fight Boko Haram, but here’s what they can do

The US and others may not be able to provide weapons to an army implicated in human rights abuses. But helping reform Nigeria’s prisons and police could have a real impact.

The Nigerian military has committed a shocking array of human rights abuses during the war against Boko Haram. These violations have strained relations with international partners and decreased the government’s effectiveness fighting the militants. This issue appears to have reached an impasse, with Nigerian officials accusing the US and other international organisations of deliberately harming the war effort by refusing to provide military assistance.

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When public declaration of asset falls short

It is not easy to know how much a president, or any politician, is worth in Africa. So it was a matter of great public interest when Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, described by his image minders as ‘living an austere and Spartan lifestyle’, recently announced that he owns two inherited mud huts, some cows and a little money. But is that all?

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“Buhari Should Face His Own Responsibility” To Stop Human Rights Abuses In Military, US Senator Leahy Says

A press release issued by Senator Leahy’s office last week claims that Nigeria’s “abusive conduct not only violates the laws of war, it creates fear and loathing among the Nigerian people whose support is necessary to defeat a terrorist group like Boko Haram.”

Following President Buhari’s official visit to the White House, US Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont released a strongly worded statement defending a human rights law he sponsored that blocks American aid to foreign military units with human rights violations, and called on President Buhari to “face up to his own responsibility to effectively counter Boko Haram.”

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