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The dialogues in the Horn of Africa inspire little confidence to resolve the region’s crises while U.S. diplomatic efforts seem insufficient in an area of strategic interest. It’s a matter of conventional wisdom that the crises gripping the Horn of Africa are fundamentally political, and that viable, sustainable solutions can be found only through inclusive political dialogue. But in both Sudan and Ethiopia, current dialogues—one internationally-backed and one a domestic project—inspire little confidence. The United...

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The United Kingdom (UK) has barred the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra and other Biafran groups from participating in its asylum programme. The British government noted that IPOB had been proscribed as a terrorist group by the Federal Government and that members of the group and its paramilitary wing – the Eastern Security Network – have reportedly committed human rights violations. The UK, therefore, said...

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President Hassan’s emphasis on economic growth and political liberalization in Tanzania are especially compelling to the United States in the context of a generally troubled East Africa. Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan made the most of her recent trip to the United States, signaling a desire for an improved relationship and deeper bilateral economic ties. Given U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic East Africa, and the worrying trends in the region, her charm offensive should...

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African countries’ justifiable disaffection with the West should not override their commitment to Ukraine and liberal values. There is nothing quite like a war when it comes to resurrecting old grudges, and in this regard, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has hardly disappointed. Invoking historical rough justice and persistent infantilization by the West, African countries have, to widespread astonishment, refused to give full-throated backing to Western sanctions against Russia. Seventeen of the thirty-five abstainers from the United...

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Former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold reflects on his time as U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other diplomatic roles he has held throughout his career. Welcome to Reflections, a bimonthly series of conversations that invites former senior U.S.-Africa policymakers to discuss difficult issues that they confronted in their careers with the benefit of hindsight. The second conversation in the series features Russ Feingold, who served...

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The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the lifting of suspension on Nigeria and 17 other countries. In a statement Monday, the Ministry assured foreign pilgrims of participation in the 2022 hajj after a two-year suspension occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. It said COVID-19 vaccination was the only basic requirement for pilgrims and that further information would be released in due course. Meanwhile, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in a statement by...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government has agreed to extradite the suspended Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari as requested by the United States of America. The US in its request demanded the extradition of Kyari over alleged $1.1million wire fraud involving Abass Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi, and four others. The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), made this known in an...

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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the sum of $8.5 million (N3.5bn) to facilitate the immediate evacuation of 5,000 Nigerians from Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Zubairu Dada while speaking to State House Correspondents after Federal Executive Council Meeting, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa. Dada, who spoke...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government has said starting from Wednesday, it will begin the evacuation of about 2000 Nigerians who have fled the war in Ukraine to neighboring countries. This was disclosed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the fund for the airlines to evacuate Nigerians. When asked if the number of evacuees was about 2,000, and when...

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Human rights activist and politician, Senator Shehu Sani has made a satirical statement that seems to be mocking the Nigerian government over its interest in the Russian-Ukraine crisis while bandits are ravaging lives and property in Northern Nigeria. The security situation in Nigeria is deteriorating. Northern Nigeria is bleeding with rapacious bandits attacking, killing, and abducting hapless people. The trending news every passing day is the killing of innocent people by bandits, who have continued...

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