Under the guise of corporate social responsibility (CSR), Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has begun using his cement company to rehabilitate some of Nigeria’s federal roads using concrete. One of the most high-profile of these projects centres on a large section of the road network around Lagos’s ports. But while ostensibly a philanthropic endeavour, it is undoubtable that Dangote himself serves to profit from this scheme.
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In his two years in power, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has only made a handful of official trips abroad, raising fears that his focus on domestic affairs is having a detrimental effect on Tanzania’s wider foreign policy.
A recent cabinet reshuffle appears to have increased President John Magufuli’s authority and control over Tanzania’s commercial industries and wider political landscape following the appointment of several alleged political allies to positions of influence.
Just two years into his presidency, President John Magufuli’s is proving to be a polarising figure. Winning praise for his tough stance on corruption and his refusal to back down in high-profile disputes with international mining companies, Magufuli has equally attracted condemnations for his increasingly authoritarian ruling style.
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The ruling Frelimo party has positioned itself as the sole arbitrator for negotiation and social mobility in Mozambique; and has developed a virtual monopoly over political and judicial positions, and holds influence over the private sector. In essence, Frelimo elites can be viewed as the gatekeepers of foreign investment.
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Resource distribution, like all forms of informal mechanisms in Nigeria, is linked to the practice of godfatherism, and it is via this dynamic that several of Nigeria’s key economic elite built their empires.
The North-South divide continues to shape the balance of power in Nigeria. Worryingly, attempts to quell associated issues have merely exacerbated tensions, and have been solely ineffective.
The case of Bankole highlights how the legal system in Nigeria has been manipulated by the political elite to attack opponents or avoid prosecution.
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Through the influence of godfathers, and sustained corruption, Nigerian elections have been marred by the practice of resource distribution to consolidate political power.