Skip to main content


Nigeria’s Stake in the Iran Nuclear Deal

Abuja sees the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, as an abstract issue. However, there are at least two reasons why the debate over its survival matters.

US President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) – better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal – and reimpose full sanctions on Tehran has been widely condemned by countries around the world.

Most surprising has been the unusually strident criticisms from the EU’s high officials. President of the European Council Donald Tusk condemned what he described as the US’ “capricious assertiveness”.

“It seems that screaming, shouting, insulting and bullying, systematically destroying and dismantling everything that is already in place, is the mood of our times”, was the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini’s withering assessment of Trump’s approach to international agreements.

Closer to home, the Chairper…
Recent posts

Maada Bio’s China Dilemma

During his presidential campaign, Maada Bio spoke out strongly against China’s influence in Sierra Leone. Now that he is President, economic realities will force him to make nice with Beijing. China loomed large in Sierra Leone’s just concluded presidential elections. Then-ruling party, APC, fully wrapped itself in Beijing’s embrace in the run-up to the presidential elections. The contending party, SLPP, for its part, criticized what it said was China’s malign influence in Sierra Leone. 
While Samura Kamara, the APC’s flag-bearer, touted his role in deepening China’s economic engagement with Sierra Leone during his five-year stint as foreign minister from 2012-2017, Julius Maada Bio, the SLPP’s candidate, denounced China’s infrastructure projects as “a sham with no economic and development benefits to the people”.
At an APC campaign rally on the eve of the elections, supporters could be heard chanting “We are Chinese! We are Chinese”. Even more startling was the appearance on social m…

Buhari In Washington: Five Things to Watch

By Muktar Usman Muktari-Janguza | Geopolitical Analyst | Email: | Twitter: @JanguzaArewa

The Fall of the First Republic

In popular discourse, Nigeria’s First Republic is often portrayed as an untarnished Eden; the archetype of an ethical, developmental, democratic and stable polity. How accurate is this picture?
2016 invited reflections on a seminal moment in Nigerian history. The year marked 50 years since the violent collapse of the ‘First Republic’ – Nigeria’s first democratic polity[1].

The First Republic lasted from the 1st of October 1960[2], when Nigeria became independent, to the 15th of January 1966, when a section of the army mutinied, abducted and killed the federal Prime Minister, Finance Minister and several other senior political office holders and military officers, in an attempted coup d’état – or “military revolution”[3], as the mutineers termed their action.  Despite its short life and bloody demise, a warm afterglow still bathes our reflections of that turbulent polity five decades after it passed into history.
Illustrating the general tendency to idealise the First Republic and its pol…