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A date with destiny

President Muhammadu Buhari. Pic: Sipa USA/SIPA USA/PA Images
President Muhammadu Buhari. Pic: Sipa USA/SIPA USA/PA Images

Expectations are building about a statement on 29 May – the mid-point of Muhammadu Buhari's presidential term

When the army chief warns politicians to stop approaching 'officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons', as General Tukur Buratai did on 16 May, and the government's top spokesman has to deny that the President is dead, as Garba Shehu did two days earlier, it's a sign that political intrigue is reaching crisis levels. One reason for the fervour is that 29 May marks the mid-point of President Muhammadu Buhari's first term, a time to address the nation.

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…A harsher one in Mogadishu

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