The potency of secret diplomacy: Is the Nigerian government right to engage with Boko Haram?

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood

Re-published from Pambazuka News

November 13, 2014, Issue 702

The militant sect has continued its violent campaign against the Nigerian people and state, amidst reports of secret negotiations with the government to end the carnage. Despite many criticisms, the government should intensify the negotiations to save lives.

Burkina Faso: The downfall of another tyrant in Africa

By Albert Mbiatem:

Re-published from Strife

November 11, 2014

The recent popular revolution in Burkina Faso and the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré has emerged as a ‘warning alarm’ to African tyrants who are bent on eternalising themselves in power. The political crisis in Burkina Faso could be seen as a ‘call for attention’ to the presidents of Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Rwanda who intend to amend their respective constitutions in order to become eligible for a third mandate.[1]

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