Allegations of corruption under the last government are dividing the ruling parties and raising questions about the new order’s durability
The humiliation of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo
is forging ahead, less than a year after he left office. In the past few months, parliamentary committees have exposed allegations of government corruption during his eight-year tenure that sit uneasily with his image as a reformer. A decade after he won international sympathy during his imprisonment by the then military leader, General Sani Abacha
, Obasanjo’s reputation is sadly diminished. There has been a deafening silence from Western friends such as Bill Clinton
and Tony Blair
. Nigeria’s press runs lurid tales of family scandals. Investigators have charged his daughter, Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, with complicity in a scam to defraud the health ministry.
Spies and diplomats are secretly negotiating the lifting of all US sanctions on Khartoum
Khartoum’s National Congress (NC, aka National Islamic Front) regime is negotiating a ‘normalisation’ of relations with the United States, according to documents obtained by Africa...
A new, overstuffed government brings back familiar faces but offers few hopes of reconstruction
Kenyans seem relieved to have a government but baffled at the brazenness of their politicians. The deal between President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga was better than a return to t...