Sunday, 29 September 2019

Article: Revolutions That “Fired” Young Leftists


By Edwin Madunagu

I feel the need to begin with some clarifications on the title that has been constructed for this piece: “Revolutions that ‘fired’ young Leftists.” This need will be more than adequately met if a specific meaning can be attached to the word, “revolution”, as used in the article, and if the period under reference can be indicated—at least broadly. There is also the need to indicate the immediate inspiration for the discussion.

Assuming that it is now understood that the word “revolution” generally means a process of radical and fundamental transformation of a social order, its special meaning in this piece appears as the point in that process, the point known as “insurrection”, where the old regime collapses (or is overthrown) and a new one emerges (or is installed).  Historically, this “point” has been a couple of hours, a single day or, at most, a couple of days. Beyond this, the situation may require a new characterization: perhaps a “civil-war-in-revolution” or a “revolution-in-revolution.” (The latter is owed to Regis Debray). The history of revolutions illustrates this situation abundantly. The new regime may be a single power, a dual power or a multiple power. Of course, none of these possibilities can be “stable”.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

News Release: President Museveni Highlights Role of Trade As Afreximbank Signs East Africa Branch Office Agreement

President Museveni And Former President Obasanjo At The Ceremony

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today in Kampala concluded the formalities for the take-off of its East Africa Branch Office in Kampala as it signed the two principal documents with the Government of Uganda at a ceremony witnessed by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah and Philemon Mateke, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Uganda in charge of regional affairs, signed the Branch Office Agreement while Prof. Oramah and Matia Kasaija, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of Uganda, signed the Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Temporary and Permanent Premises of the East Africa Branch Office in Kampala, at the Ugandan State House in Kampala.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Article: Nigeria: Restructure Or Rupture

By Austin Emaduku

Nigeria is standing on the edge of a dangerous cliff. It is just a matter of time before it tips over. Rather than the current emotional and politically driven call for a “Revolution”, we all really need to calmly analyse and situate the cause(s) of our problems. In any case, a revolution without a vanguard is a recipe for anarchy. Besides, we are too fatally fractured as a people to achieve a broad-based revolution acceptable to all. The best we can achieve in such a situation will be strife, anarchy and uncontrolled fragmentation. With the perennial mutual mistrust and prevalent hatred spread on social media, the resultant crises will take forever to settle. Libya will be a child's play.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Article: Revisiting “Zoning And Rotation”


By Edwin Madunagu

At the end of the Nigerian Civil War (July 1967 – January 1970), and in preparation for a possible return to civilian rule, the ruling class established—or rather, creatively adapted—the dual principle of “zoning” and “rotation” of key political party offices and government positions among geopolitical segments of their class.

Some leading ideologues of the newly re-united class claimed that the principle emerged from one of the lessons of that bitter conflict: the need to protect and promote “national unity” at all time. The theory was that with this principle and complementary ones, the Nigerian ruling class, following the United Nations at the end of the Second World War, could vow, “Never Again!”. These ideologues were young, brilliant and idealistic. But since their horizon did not go beyond capitalism and the capitalist ruling class, their brilliant idea could not even survive the first substantive test.

News Release: "Harnessing Solar Energy For The Socio-economic Development Of The G5 Sahel Countries"--AfDB

Akinwumi Adesina, 

G5 Sahel heads of state at a Summit on Friday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, gave strong support to Desert to Power, an Africa Development Bank led initiative.
The summit, "Harnessing solar energy for the socio-economic development of the G5 Sahel countries" came on the heels of a high-level technical meeting attended by the region’s energy ministers, and development partners including the World Bank, and regional institutions such as the West African Economic and Monetary Union and ECOWAS.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Communiqué: Communiqué Issued By The Patriotic Movement In Nigeria

Patriotic Call!!!
Dear countrymen and women!! Fellow compatriots!!! We all are aware of the horrible situation in our country, Nigeria. The country has completely broken down under the watch of this government. On its part, the government in the land seems not to care about the hopeless situation.

The first principle in any society is the preservation of lives and properties of the citizens, but we know today that this is an illusion in our country. Our people are being massacred in their hundreds daily and they have nobody to protect them since the government in the land seems to be part of the problem, contributing to the problem.

In the social media, the citizens express their fears, their frustrations, their anger and their helplessness amidst the on-ongoing useless massacre. Different groups have put forward their communiqué to protest this cankerworm, but they fell on deaf ears since those in government may not be far from being the sponsors of these useless killings based on the one-sided security personnel and apparatus in the country right now. The government that should have the protection of lives and properties as its priority turns out to be a significant threat to the lives and properties of the citizens. The lives of the citizens are no longer secure in any part of this country. For how long shall we be in this mess?