The Role of Leadership in a Country’s Development: Obstacles, Weaknesses and Progresses
According to Forji (2006), Africa is a glass half full and half empty. In natural resources, it is one of the richest continents on earth. But in real life, malpractices such as mismanagement, fraud, bribery and corruption have rendered it the poorest continent on the globe, therefore placing the continent at the bottom of every index that measures the standard and quality of human life. Read more
Is Africa too Young for Democracy?
In all parts of Africa, conflicts and poverty have been the main dominant problem in the societies. In Somalia, there was endemic conflict which has continued to deter the peoples’ lives and result in the divertion of resources that would have been used to reconstruct the country to finance wars. Another typical example of war turned country in Africa is Sierra Leone, the country is located in West Africa and she is the second lowest ranked country on the Human Development Index and also the seventh lowest on the Human Poverty Index in the world.Read more
Can a Corrupt Person Tackle Corruption? President Karzai Pledges to Tackle Corruption? Reaction to President Hamid Karzai Statement on his victory speech 19th November 2009
The President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai has led his country for over seven years since the fall of Taliban. He took over office in 2002 as an interim President and won the Presidential election and became the country’s President on the 7th of December 2004.Read full text
Systemic Approaches to Africa Development and Resonance of Corruption and ways of Alleviation
The problem of Africa has been identified to be caused by corrupt manner from various bodies. Not until everlasting solution is found to this problem, the citizens of the continent will continue to wallow in abject poverty and enormous degradation of the economy. It is not new that poverty entails untold misery upon the earth. We are aware that life gives nothing at all to countless millions of children that are born and condemns through wretchedness at every moment of their lives as a result of poverty caused by the corrupt act.Fierce and remorseless has become the struggle to win daily bread for most children in Africa, there is a stigma of starvation stares in the eyes of most children in the continent which needs urgent attention by the international communities.Read full report (pdf), word version
Africa and GOD-The way forward to a new renaissance
It is disheartening to hear Africans especially some intellectuals expressing the view that only God can liberate the continent from the political disaster, economic misery and social chaos that the continent is facing and has been facing from time immemorial. There is no doubt about the fact that Africa is the most underdeveloped continent on earth. The continent has passed through slavery, colonisation, and now the post independence epoch but the socio-economic and political situation is in a total mess. I believe in God but also strongly believe that manner will never fall from heaven again. Africans need to take their destinies in their own hands and fight for prosperity for their own interest, of course with genuine assistance from the international community. View fulltext
When Nigeria fought for independence, it was for the purpose of the country's empowerment and the development of the local resources and not for the individualistic benefit within a fraction of people that are in the political circles. A tribute to the work of those who fought for Nigeria's independence in 1960. But, each time I remember Nigeria independence day, I always have a thought in mind that the essence of the independence was to pave ways for a sustainable future and prosperity of the country. But, with the current state of things in the country, I do ask myself why Nigeria actually declared its independence from the British, in order to get reasonable answers, I have randomly been asking different people questions over the last 60 days on the issue, yet, no one has been able to come up with a suitable answer. If this question is to be answered by me, I will simply say corruption, stealing of power by few people, power dominant by the Yorubas and especially the Hausas. View
How Nigeria was stolen
The Nation Nigeria has been stolen by a single person named Mr. Yar’Adua. For over 70 days, Nigeria has been held in stagnant position by an elected President who came from the northern Nigeria. This is the man who claimed to be a patriotic citizen of this great nation. It is only a week ago the Senates and the Ex-President of the country saw the need to intervene in the state of things in the stolen nation. It was reported on the 23rd of November 2009 that Mr. President Umaru Yar’Adua has been sick and was admitted at the hospital in Saudi Arabia, ever since, a word has not been heard from him except on the ghost interview conducted by the BBC Hausa. It is a pity that the country that called herself the super power of Africa has been stolen. View text
Africa being an immense continent of great physical and cultural diversity, the continent has not been able to get the right people to govern themselves in order to reach the continent’s objectives of rapid development, industrialisation, good governance, affordable better health care, etc, etc. The goals of Africa have been defeated as a result of poor leadership systems practised by most of the countries since independence. It is unarguable that most African leaders believed in political power from the colonial masters over the years, this has resulted to the deviation of the continent’s set goals and objectives to a more deteriorating condition. In this regard, it is imperative to define the pre-requisite that is necessary to improve the social, economic and political emancipation of the continent if better results are expected to be achieved in the next years. To achieve these set objectives, it is expected that the unification of the continent can be the possible solution to the problems.View text
Nigeria, a Country of Ingenuity: a Nation that Honesty, Creativity, Trust and Development do no longer Exist
Ehiwario, L. & Akinyemi, O. M.
Nigeria, a country that is recognized to be the most populous black nation in the world has been identified as a country with political instability. The Nigerian political elite with self interest have been holding the country to stagnation.It is no longer a secret that Nigeria is merely a geographical expression of a nation that is judging towards a political mess, which may increase the citizens’ poverty level. The country has been enveloped in the hands of few since independence in 1960. The most recent and continued crises in the country is President Yar’Adua’s refusal to hand over to his Deputy due to health reasons. Since November 2009, the elected President has not been seen in Public places, yet, the party and the law makers of the Federation have not been able to impeach him or defined everlasting solution to the problem. View text
A Final Goodbye to Nigeria: The Case of Mr. Ibrahim B. Babangida 2011 Presidential Bid
Good-day fellow Nigerians, I write to express my profound feelings regarding the recent development of Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida‘s Presidential bid. I have been monitoring the statements and actions from many Nigerians around the world concerning Nigeria 2011 presidential election. Therefore I find it absolutely necessary at this junction to remind Nigerians of the past regarding the catastrophe Mr. Babangida caused to the people. If Nigerians are prepared for a better future, Retired General Babangida is definatetly not the right person to lead the country. My advice here is that if Nigerians respect the value of the country and want to feel safe in the country; they need to join in the campaign against Mr. Babangida’s intention for presidency. We are aware that Gen. Babangida took power in 1985 in a bloodless coup, but was forced out of the office in 1993 after he annulled the elections considered to be the fairest in the country. View text
Written by Naiwu Osahon
The Evil Candidate: General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida
Sunday, 11 April 2010 16:02
(Apart from Obasanjo, Babangida is the greatest evil ever to befall any country in the world)-All that Babangida, (nicknamed IBB), has to show for his over eight years in power in Nigeria, is private colossal wealth, and the edification of corruption in our body politics. Yes, he is richer than many African governments and can buy who ever he wants, but he ruined our lives to reach there. The book, The Sink, by Jeffrey Robinson, an American writer, says it all about Babangida. “Of the $120 billion siphoned out of the Nigerian treasury into offshore accounts by dishonest politicians, $20 billion is allegedly traceable to IBB directly as president from 1985 to 1993.” The World Bank and other international sources of information put his total loot from the Nigerian treasury at over $35 billion.View text
Trouble with Nigeria e- Passport
This article gives a summary of the current problem encounter by many Nigerian citizens in obtaining the e-passport. It criticize some of the practices and the implemented policies of the immigration department. Some meaningful recommendations were presented for concern. At the end of the article, Nigerians were advised to take proper precautions in the manner and ways in which they mis-use or mis-place their international passport. View text
When shall Police Brutality stop in some European Countries?View text
The Concerned Nigerians on the State of Affairs in Nigeria
Some Nigerians residing in Kassel, Germany held a meeting on the 7th of February 2010 in Kassel. The significant of the meeting was to outline some mechanisms that would help in finding positive solutions to the recent pervading problems in Nigeria. A brief summary of the state of things in Nigeria since independence was presented as the meeting starting point. Participants shared their perspectives on both past and the present crises. View text
Addressing Good Governance In Africa
This document is for discussion only. The ideas contained in this paper were refined through discussions involving fellows of the African Good Governance Network (AGGN) and other concerned stakeholders in the domain of good governance in Africa, at the 1st 2010 AGGN Seminar held on 21st - 27th of March, in Bonn, Germany. The persons mentioned in this document are for contacts only, and are not the authors of this document. This document was prepared by the Research and Publication Committee of the AGGN. It attempts to present in a neutral and objective way some issues pertaining to Good Governance in Africa. It does not represent the opinion of the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) or its agencies and services. Comments should be addressed directly to AGGN Research and Publication Committee through. View text
Contemporary Journal of African Society Volume 1. Issue 1
Africa and the 50th Year Independence: The Road so far
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Resolusion of Meeting with Nigeria Embasy
The Concerned Nigerians in Kassel held a meeting with the Nigerian Embassy representatives on the 2nd of April 2011 at Philip-Scheidemann Haus in Kassel. The significant of the meeting was to outline some mechanisms that would help in finding positive solutions to the problems faced by the Nigerians living in Germany. The meeting started at about 14:00 and ended at about 16:30 hours.Fulltext
Mobile hearing and the Embassy
We refer to the year’s long criticism about the Nigerian embassy being co-operate partner in the corrupt deportation practice of the German state. Fulltext
Nigeria Foreign Policy on herCitizens: The Nigeria Embassy’s Role in Germany
This report is written to inform all Nigerians and the supporters of Concerned Nigerians Germany (CNG) of the effects of Nigeria foreign policy in the lives of Nigerians residing in Germany. It summarizes the information gathered during CNG investigation and explains the conclusions reached.
It has been observed over the years by the African Community Leaders that Nigeria Embassy in Berlin has been issuing ETC for the deportation of Nigerians and other African citizens to Nigeria. The rationale behindthispracticeisto make money for the Ambassadors and Ministers to enable them live a luxury life upon return to Nigeria. This act is wrong as all Nigerian diplomats are given estacode by the Nigeria government and not to get extra from the German government in a corrupt manner.
With this background, this report is organized into five sections to provide (1) an overview of the role of Nigeria Diplomats, (2) a summary of the evidence reviewed and findings of CNG visit to Karlsruhe to observe Mobile Consular Hearing, (3) the disclaimed of the Nigerian Community Leaders (NCL) by the Minister of Economics and Commerce (Mr. John C. Eziaghighala), (4) Nigeria and the Diaspora Communicationand (5) the negetive role of the embassy in the renunciation of citizenship. Read more
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Africa and the 50th Year Independence: The Road so far
the International Advocacy for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption e.V.
Editor: Dr. Okoro Monday Akinyemi
This Journal examines the state of African development since independence. It compares the past and the present and addresses the issues systematically. Most of the materials in this Journal were based on other activists and IAHRAC interventions on issues relating to Human Right abuses. Some of the materials were also collected from already existing journals and issues on Africa affairs especially from the UN point of view.
The Journal dwells on the role of leaders with special emphasis on some countries as well as the role of individuals in various countries’ development. The materials in this Journal critically reviewed the factors hindering Africa’s development and encouraged leaders to take meaningful steps forward, after fifty years of independence.
The materials in this Journal are categorized into eleven chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the role of International Advocacy for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption. Chapter 2 gives an overview of economic development in developing countries and explains the fundamental options and tradeoffs that are involved in selecting the type of techniques for assessing economic impacts of a country. Chapters 3 and 4 explores the factors responsible for the under-development in most African states with meaningful recommendations for a change and outlined some of the problems as corruption and mismanagement of resources. Chapters 5 and 6discussed the plethora of proven failures and successes in Africa agriculture and resource management, it also dwells on the state of food security in the continent. Chapter 7 addressed the rate of police brutality and the death of refugees in Europe. Chapters 8 and 9 discussed Africa’s political situations and cited examples of African Union (AU) and United States of Africa (USA) as probably a way forward for advancement. Chapter 10 of this paper explored the effects of good governance in Africa, while chapter 11 provides overview on regional integration as a prelude to globalization for African countries.
In the conclusion of each chapter, meaningful recommendations on methods of political change and unification were put forward for leaders in African as means of advancement.
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