African Leaders Speak at UN General Assembly (Part 1)

The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly convened earlier this week. As noted on the UN web site, “The annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly is the occasion for world leaders to gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues.” The theme of the general debate this year is “Focusing …

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Nigeria needs a credible economic plan – not a confab

Stephen Onyeiwu, Allegheny College Nobel Laureate professor Wole Soyinka recently called for an emergency national conference on the Nigerian economy. This suggests that the economy is not only in dire straits, but headed toward a cataclysmic cliff. For an artistic and creative intellectual titan like Soyinka to dabble in the “dismal science” of economics portrays …

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Science and technology hold the key to Nigeria reaching its full potential

Ademola Adenle, University of Oxford Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari must make science and technology a priority if the populous West African country hopes to flex its economic muscle. Buhari can achieve these goals by expanding the country’s economy and making it more globally competitive. An important step is to address the damage done to Nigerian …

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Lessons Buhari can learn from Obama about managing a tough economy

Stephen Onyeiwu, Allegheny College It is atypical for an American president to invite a nascent African head of state to the White House, especially less than one month after the latter’s inauguration. To some observers, therefore, US President Barack Obama’s invitation of his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, for a White House parley scheduled for July …

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Nigeria and corruption: what President Buhari must do to tackle it

Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, Nigeria has been crippled since its independence by political instability, inadequate infrastructure, poor macroeconomic management, and above all, corruption. Signs of real improvement have so far been scant. But now Nigeria has a new government – and for once, it’s actually well-placed to …

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