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Wed,22Nov2017

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Nigeria's suspended Central Bank governor, Sanusi could have the last laugh

Suspended Central Bank of Nigeria governor Lamido Sanusi. Photo©ReutersThe Nigerian business community and international investors into Africa's most populous country are still reeling from the shock of the suspension of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor Lamido Sanusi.

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Lamido Sanusi, The Fearless Nigerian



Lamido Sanusi leaves as he began, not with a whimper, but with a bang. And in a sense, it was ever going to be thus: the closely-woven elites that have monopolised power in Nigeria for decades only allowed a reformer into such a powerful position as central bank governor because of the unprecedented financial collapse of 2009.

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The right to doubt and the Angolan youth

File photo©ReutersNot all they say may be correct; not everyone may agree; but Angola's young people have shown a social and political lucidity and their voices should be heard.

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Asia's political fallout - African Angles

Protests have rocked Thailand in recent months. Photo©ReutersThe political tensions across Asia hold important lessons for African policymakers.

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South Africa: A failed marriage, a wary union and the ANC

Photo©ReutersAs South Africans ponder the failed DA-Agang attempt at constructing a hybrid political machine that did not run mainly on racial fuel, an alliance of the country's politically inclined labour unions appears to be holding.

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How to build a peaceful coexistence in a religiously tensed Nigeria

Nigeria's newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Bade boasted recently that the violent Islamist sect, Boko Haram insurgency, which has devastated the North East part of Nigeria, "will end by April this year". But Bade's statement defies the belief that beyond the Boko Haram insurgency lie the consequences and implications of the sect on religious relations and public perceptions of unity and statehood.

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