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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger For the third time in only five months, violence has facilitated a transfer of power in West Africa, with Guinea, Mali (twice in the past thirteen months), and Chad seeing new leaders rise from their respective militaries. West Africa’s post-colonial history has been punctuated by coups. But, especially after regional powerhouse Nigeria moved from military to civilian rule in 1999, there was a strong sense that the days of...

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ABUJA — The ECOWAS Parliament has launched Parliament for Street Children to curb the increase in the number of children on the streets in the region and to serve as the voice for the deprived and abandoned kids. Rt. Hon. Sidie Mohamed Tunis, Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, commenced the inauguration with the induction of the Bureau of the Street Parliament which was held in the ECOWAS Parliament, Abuja. Tunis, who decried the rise in...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger   Confirmed by the Spanish prime minister, Western media reports that two Spanish filmmakers and the Irish president of a conservation non-governmental organization (NGO) were murdered in Burkina Faso near the border with Benin on April 26. Roberto Fraile and David Beriain were in Burkina Faso working on a documentary about poaching. They were accompanied by Rory Young, a Zambia-born Irish citizen who headed Chengeta Wildlife, an NGO devoted to...

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By Michelle Gavin The ripple effects emanating from the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby on April 20 are only beginning to be apparent. Most immediately, the future of Chad has been thrown into question. Déby reportedly died while on the frontlines fighting rebel forces, just days after cementing his continued grip on power through a staged election devoid of both integrity and suspense. On the one hand, dissolving the parliament and installing a military officer from Déby’s family at...

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After holding on to power for three decades, the President of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno died on Tuesday after sustaining injuries at the battlefield with rebels. The Army made the shock announcement, a day after the 68-year-old was re-elected to a sixth term in office. Aside Deby, here is the list of other longest-serving leaders in the African continent. Some of them reportedly changed the constitution, crushed opposition and used fear and violence to maintain...

Gambian Lawmaker, Hon. Fatmata Njai says the ECOWAS Parliament can achieve 30 per cent representation of women in parliament only if it rejects nominations from countries not meeting the criteria. Njai expressed this thought while speaking with journalists during the Fifth Legislature’s Delocalized meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament holding in Monrovia with the theme, “Empowerment of Women in the ECOWAS Region.” Njai said it was pertinent to note that some countries lacked female representation in the Conference...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist & Blogger _____ In the early hours of March 29, an estimated sixty gunmen attacked two small military installations in Kafolo and Kolobougou, both located in Ivory Coast on the border with Burkina Faso. The assailants killed at least three soldiers and wounded others. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the media is speculating credibly that the perpetrators were jihadis based in nearby Burkina Faso, where Islamist groups have been...

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ABUJA —  After a successful tenure as the first vice-chairman of West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA), Mr. Aliu Aboki of Nigeria has emerged as Chairman of WATRA for 2021. Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), announced this in a statement on Friday. He said that Aboki was elected at the 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the assembly on Thursday. Adinde said that the Nigerian candidate also emerged as executive...

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathized with Niger Republic over the killing of 100 people in Zaroumdareye, a border town between Niger Republic and Mali by militants, describing the incident as another clarion call for united action by African leaders against terrorism. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari in his reaction to the incident on Sunday in Abuja, said, “I am profoundly shocked by the...

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By Simon Stephen ____ More details were released this week on plans for a new museum, gallery and research centre in Benin City, Nigeria. The creation of the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA), which also includes the gallery and research centre, is linked to an archaeology project that is being carried out with London’s British Museum. Details of the archaeology project were also announced this week. It is being led by the Legacy...

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