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Nigeria: Boko Haram Is Broken, but Not Finished

[Daily Trust] Since 2015, Boko Haram's capacity to carry out daring attacks especially on civilian populations has greatly diminished. Of recent, it mostly carries out isolated attacks in the fringes of the Lake Chad in far Northern part of Borno, on the borders of the lake, Niger and Cameroon Republics. Though there are occasional attacks along the Sambisa and Alagarno forests axis, military and civilian authorities as well as locals all agree that Boko Haram's ability to inflict serious damage has been greatly reduced (AllAfrica)


Uganda: Let School Guidelines Consider Every Angle

[Monitor] Private schools have received a lot of criticism over the years for different reasons. From being accused of charging exorbitant school fees to operating below standards, something had to give. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: What to Call Africans Living in Kenya

[Nation] What do Nigerians call themselves after having lived in Kenya for five years? (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: The Curious Murder of Alex Badeh

[Guardian] Again the country has been thrown into another cycle of mourning by the brutal murder of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd). There was a report at press time that the police detectives had arrested some suspects on the curious murder some actually reported as suspected assassination. This happened despite a retinue of security operatives that usually accompanied him. In the lethal attack, which occurred near a village called Gitata along Keffi-Bade road, he was the sole victim.This tragedy is too much for (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Massive Student Failure in 2018 KCSE Exam Signal System Crisis

[Nation] Assume a farmer plants maize in a 10-acre piece of land for five successive years. The farmer expects 100 sacks of the grain at harvest time but the piece of land yields 25 sacks. Now, if the farmer laments and continues to plant in the same piece of land expecting the same results, what sense of judgement propels such a person? (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Stop Imprisoned Senator Dariye's Entitlements

[Vanguard] ONE of the reasons that crimes and corruption continue to flourish at the top echelon of the Nigerian ruling establishment is that the country is highly tolerant of malfeasance. The case of convicted Senator Joshua Dariye (who was the Governor of Plateau State between 1999 and 2007) proves this point beyond doubt. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Austerity, Pain Should Be for Everyone

[The Herald] When Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube presented his 2019 National Budget Statement two months ago, perhaps a few understood the import of his economic plans. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Boko Haram - Need to Deploy Drone

[Guardian] Benin City -If we must defeat Boko Haram, we need Israeli military equipment which, is 'Drone Dome' developed in the Jewish state that can be used to stop Boko Haram drones in the Sahel of Africa. The military equipment can be used to stop further drone attack in Nigeria and is capable of jamming signals to the rogue devices as well as tracking them. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Universal Healthcare in Africa Is a Necessity for Genuine Development

[Fahamu] A recent conference in South Africa raised issues on whether universal healthcare should be a private or state-driven endeavour. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Avoid Shortcuts With New Education System

[Nation] The publication of a Sessional Paper on education reforms this week is a step in the right direction. However, the Education ministry is placing the cart before the horse. It has announced that the new curriculum -- 2-6-3-3 -- will commence next week when schools reopen for the first term. Yet there is no legislative approval and guiding policy to support the system. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: The Complex, Interwoven Marriage Between Racism and Football

[Premium Times] For emphasis, consider the top of the goal scorers' chart in the most-watched football league in the world, the English Premier League. A Gabonese, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leads the race with 13 goals, followed by an Egyptian, Mohamed Salah. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Revamping Akwa Ibom State Economy - the Nsima Ekere Model

[Vanguard] Akwa Ibom State is unarguably one state in Nigeria with the prospect of economic fortune. With about five million population matched with the enviable status of the highest oil-and-gas-producing state in Nigeria, economic prosperity should be the lot of the people and the state. But socio-economic matrices of the state do not correlate with the abundance of natural mineral, agricultural and aquaculture resources. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: On the Path to Nigeria's Re-Birth

[Vanguard] THE economic and political development of every country depends largely on the ability of its leadership to make use of the best brains devoid of parochial sentiments. It is on that premise that Nigeria can be rescued from its multi-faceted quagmire. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Does Africa Need a Religious Reformation?

[Guardian] Africa's religious landscape is changing very rapidly, in various ways. These changes include the introduction of new religions and adjustments in the modes of worship as well as the personalities that are revered. Transformations in Africa's religious situation also took a dramatic turn - a more global dimension following the advent of Christian and Islamic missionisers. These foreign religious agents have tried to replace and substitute indigenous religious practices with Western and Eastern faiths. Cent (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Where All That Glitters Is Gold!

[Guardian] When a person says something that is obvious, so self-evident, our retort is always, "Say it again!" At the risk of being greeted with the retort, I dare say we are living in the world of technological wonders. This was greatly in evidence in the run- off to this year's Christmas Day. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Diversionary Debate On Parliamentary System

[Guardian] Our national penchant for chasing shadows while others are celebrating substance knows no limits. Our leaders, technocrats and bureaucrats keep gambling with our destiny on sundry ideas that have no affinity with our culture. They keep running down our institutions by such intuition in 21st century that knowledge power drives. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Zamfara, Our Conscience

[Daily Trust] Abuja -Just when you think it could not get worse for the people of Zamfara, it does. Then it does, again and again. Until the statistics mean nothing anymore. You are left with that feeling that follows intense outrage: a numb foreboding that things are not likely to get better. If you live outside Zamfara State, you can afford the luxury of asking what could possibly be done to stop the nightmare of millions of fellow citizens living in perpetual fear. If you live in the towns and villages of Zamfara, you would (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Fish Out Alex Badeh's Killers Now

[Daily Trust] It was a rude shock when news filtered on Tuesday last week, Dec. 18 that a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh (Rtd) was killed by assailants in an ambush along Keffi-Barde road in Nasarawa State. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Christmas Is Over, Reality of January Is Now Looming

[Nairobi News] After Christmas, the dreaded 'Njaanuary' now looms large. What to do? Here are a few helpful tips. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Bastardising Higher Education in Nigeria

[This Day] Our institutions need more funds, not additional numbers (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: 'Why Nigerian Universities Can't Attract Foreign Students, Lecturers'

[Guardian] Abuja -A renowned playwright, Prof. Olufemi Obafemi, has attributed the inability of Nigerian universities to attract students and lecturers from around the world to the decay in the country's educational sector. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Developing Pan Africanist Anti-Sanctions Accord

[The Herald] For those amongst our ranks sincerely invested in the cultural and political decolonisation process, we must carefully and thoroughly evaluate the utilisation of all weapons African people have at their disposal. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: The Changing Face of Christmas

[The Herald] Many born in the late 1980s and early 1990s have almost a common memory of Christmas. The mid-morning breakfast where cross-legged children would sit around a winnowing basket (rusero), waiting to get their ration of slightly stale bread and jam, was an inescapable fixture for those who preferred spending their festive season in the rural areas. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Buhari, Let IGP Idris Go Home

[Guardian] If the President Muhammadu Buhari government's patent obsession with plumbing the depths of nepotism and cronyism gains fresh expression in the extension of the tenure of Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, it would not really be a source of shock to the citizens. By January next year, Idris would have put in 35 years of service and thus by his terms of employment he should quit the police service. But the suspicion is rife that Buhari would extend his tenure. Such suspicion may not be unfounded. Af (AllAfrica)


Tanzania: Managing Tax Risks - Should You Pay Tax On Gifts?

[Citizen] The biblical Magi, in the Gospel of Matthew, who came "from the east" visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Giving and receiving gifts is among the traditions cutting across cultures and times. (AllAfrica)


Liberia: This is Why There's Extreme Poverty in Liberia

[Observer] Fidel C.T. Budy, a Liberian scholar residing in the United Kingdom (UK), has discovered reasons behind unending poverty in the country. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Build the Economy and Kenyans Will Construct Their Own Houses

[Nation] The housing deficit in Kenya stands at two million units and continues to grow at a rate of about 200,000 units a year. (AllAfrica)


Congo-Kinshasa: Election Postponement Deals Further Blow to Voter Confidence

[Deutsche Welle] Elections in DRC have been postponed by seven days - a ridiculously short time against the background of the country's many problems, says DW's Dirke Köpp. (AllAfrica)


Ethiopia: A Government Led By a Reformist Prime Minister Is Failing Citizens' Basic Security. Priorities, Please!

[Addis Standard] Over the last few days, there has been yet another communal violence in Ethiopia, an all-too familiar story. The Borana-Garri conflict in Moyale and its environs is historically old, yet it defied the test of time and efforts (albeit partisan) by successive governments and continued to claim the lives of innocent civilians, the displacement of those it spared and cause wanton destruction of property. The last ten days have seen the latest of this atrocious cycle of violence. But unlike other times, the sil (AllAfrica)


East Africa: East African Community Unity Hangs in the Balance

[Deutsche Welle] Ugandan lawmakers have challenged the legality of the long-awaited East African e-passport, stalling launch preparations. This highlights the strains within the EAC, says Ugandan writer and blogger Eric Mwine-Mugaju. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Zimbabwe in 2018... The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

[Zimbabwe Independent] THE year 2018 is coming to a close; it was a year of political intrigue, economic turmoil and endless drama. (AllAfrica)