American democracy is tested; but foremost is political stability, then sustainability in all else.

It may seem paradoxical, but political stability is a prerequisite for the change we need to transition our economy to one that is environmentally sustainable. The beating heart of America’s economic wealth and power is the politically stable system of law that we Americans take for granted.…

Inhabitants of Africa need only look to Taiwan to flatten their Covid 19 infection rates

When the novel coronavirus and its disease, COVID-19, first spread in China, Taiwan was regarded as the next country most likely to be affected, due to its close geographic and economic ties with China. However, by mid-July 2020, after more than six months of rapidly growing COVID-19 cases around…

African States Can No longer Be Bothered With Covid-19, But A New Variant Has Arrived.

As the Covid-19 pandemic in sub-Sharan African countries conveyed a sense of existential urgency in March, 2020, African governments, with the aid of international organizations and rich western countries, surprised many with swift implementations of public safety measures recommended by the World…

Money Laundering and Trans-Organized Financial Crimes in Nigeria.

Nigeria loses US$600 million annually to money laundering. Between the mid-1980s and 1999, Nigeria lost US$100billion to money laundering. In the so acclaimed democratic era, between 2001 and 2004, the country lost an estimated US$25billion to money laundering. Nigerians who specialise in…

Currency devaluation: Reasons and effects

The massive devaluation of the Naira by the CBN has left Nigerians scratching their heads and each others head. As they ponder the fate of the Naira, and why so many on fixed income see a rapid erosion of their purchasing power, the Council now feels compelled to provide elucidation. While this…

Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine Light on Local Police Brutality

The African media has closely followed the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, almost always in solidarity with the protesters. Especially among African human rights groups, the American focus on police brutality resonates strongly.

US Special Operations Forces Rescue American Hostage In Nigeria

On October 31, 2020, the US State Department confirmed that an American who had been taken hostage in Niger was rescued by US Special forces in Nigeria. As reported by New York Times Pulitzer Price winning journalist, Eric Schmitt, the kidnapped victim, Mr. Walton, was held for a one-million-dollar…

Currency devaluation: Reasons and effects

The massive devaluation of the Naira by the CBN has left Nigerians scratching their heads and each others head. As they ponder the fate of the Naira, and why so many on fixed income see a rapid erosion of their purchasing power, the Council now feels compelled to provide elucidation. While this…

An Important Man for an Important Position: Professor Gambari As President Buhari’s New Chief of Staff

The appointment of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to President Buhari of Nigeria is a wise decision. It is an important position that can only be occupied by an important person, and professor Gambari, by all meaningful standards, is an important person.

Tracking the Spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria’s Largest Northern City

A recent, so far unexplained, spike in deaths in Kano, Nigeria, highlights the difficulty of tracking the spread of coronavirus, especially in certain large African urban areas. Kano is regarded as Nigeria's second largest urban agglomeration, after Lagos.