A choice between progress and retreat – Tinubu

By Asiwaju Bola Tinubu– The future is uncertain until we enter it. February 16 is Election Day and on that day Nigeria shall step into its future. How you vote on that day will determine whether we walk into the future in a manner that guides our subsequent steps toward the national greatness that calls to us or will we walk into it backwards as if feebly trying to reinvent the past.

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Citizens’ power and access to information in Nigeria

By Femi Falana– Under section 22 of the 1999 Constitution the mass media is required to uphold the fundamental objectives of the State and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people. While the duty imposed on the media has been frustrated by the denial of access to information on public affairs it is submitted that access to information is a fundamental right by virtue of section 38 of the Constitution which stipulates that “every citizen shall have the right to freedom of expression including the right to obtain information and impart ideas”.

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Is Tanzania moving towards totalitarianism?

By Gbenga Sesan– Last Wednesday January 30, Tanzania moved decisively closer to becoming a one-party state when parliament approved proposed amendments to the Political Parties’ Act that was first passed in 1992. That was the year that the country adopted multi-party democracy, after 31 years of maintaining its one-party status that it nearly started with as an independent nation in 1961 and made official through a 1963 announcement by the then President, Julius Nyerere.

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