Presidential hopefuls are quietly launching campaigns but doubts
surround the party congresses due in December
Within two months, Nigeria's political parties are due to chose their presidential candidates and launch their campaigns for next May's elections. So far, there is an eerie surreality about the political contest. Serious candidates are reluctant to step into the ring wholeheartedly, almost all the political parties appear on the brink of schism and old political alliances are splintering without producing effective new alliances. All this is set against a gargantuan year for Nigeria's oil earnings.
On 20 October, Swiss-based and Canadian-listed Addax Petroleum announced that it was buying a controlling interest in a lucrative Nigerian oil block - the award of which until that...
The Pentagon wants to raise the cash for a unified Africa command
to boost its counter-terror operations and energy security
The USA'S Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defence Department are working on proposals for a unified military command in Africa. US forces in Africa are at present under three different c...