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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks after security forces rescued schoolboys from kidnappers, in Katsina, Nigeria

Nigeria’s power rotation controversy causes gridlock for Atiku, Tinubu

Nigeria's ruling party and main opposition are both stumped: each have heavyweight contenders whose shot at the presidency is stymied by an informal ... political arrangement, which holds that power should rotate between the north and the south. Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Yahya Bello... the list of politicians kicking against zoning taboos, grows by the day. Already, there are fears of a faction of the ruling APC breaking away if it does not get the candidate it wants.

A Dyck Advisory Group helicopter lands in Palma

Mozambique: Why were the ‘experts’ surprised by the occupation of Palma?

Insurgents took the town of Palma on the coast of the far north of Mozambique on 24 March and held it for 10 days. Surprised media claimed it ... was an escalation of a war backed by Islamic State -- despite IS having cut links with the Mozambique insurgents in mid-2020. In this deep dive into the historic roots of the crisis, leading Mozambique analyst Joseph Hanlon unpacks the modus operandi of the insurgency in Cabo Delgado. As South Africa sends troops to Palma, he asks: do we risk creating an 'Afghanistan' out of Mozambique by relying on inaccurate information and an out-of-date counter-insurgency playbook?