Washington Times: Tycoon offers to initiate talks with Boko Haram

Nigeria’s government is “playing to the media and not the problem” in its approach to the al Qaeda-linked insurgent group Boko Haram, says one of the oil-rich country’s wealthiest men.

Orji Uzor Kalu, a newspaper executive and former governor, is calling for direct talks with Boko Haram militants, who have killed thousands of Nigerians since 2009, and he has offered to be an intermediary. Continue reading “Washington Times: Tycoon offers to initiate talks with Boko Haram”

All Africa: Nigeria’s challenging democratic history and the road ahead

If governing Nigeria were easy, the country’s last president, Umaru Musa Yar’adua, might not have disappeared from public view and proceeded to die in office, evidently from its strain, in 2010. But Yar’adua’s then vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, had, as Nigerians sometimes joke, the fortuitous circumstance of becoming the leader of one of Africa’s richest nations overnight. Continue reading “All Africa: Nigeria’s challenging democratic history and the road ahead”