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Nigeria and Morality of Corruption

The causes and effects of corruption, and how to combat corruption, are issues that are increasingly on the national and international agendas of politicians and other policymakers. Corruption is not a major problem in some countries as it is in Nigeria today. The evolution of corruption in Nigeria could be traced back to pre-colonial era, but many believe it exploded like epidemic in the 80s, in particular under Babangida’s administration. One of the reasons former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission – EFCC in 2003. Since its establishment EFCC has proved to be the only agency in Nigeria with the best striking skills to fight a very defensive corrupt society. It was number one on the primary agenda of the current President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, during his campaign in 2015. The revelations since it took office about millions of dollar some individuals appropriate to themselves without due process and with the sole intent of looting the commonwealth of the country is mind-boggling to say the least. A petty question that comes to …

What does Russia want from Donald Trump?

There are several explanations for why relations between Russia and the United States having been in decline since 2010, from Russia’s increasingly aggressive postures (especially regarding Ukraine) to US support of regime-changing revolutions (especially during the Arab Spring). The fact is, we are quite far today from the the “reset policy” attempted by the Obama administration in 2009 to bring the two countries closer. All-time low For the past few months, US-Russia relations have been a roller coaster ride. Though presidential candidate Donald Trump seemed to be praising Russian President Vladimir Putin during America’s 2016 election campaign, everything changed quickly once he was elected. The US media started to investigate even more potential “Russian connections” to the president-elect, and the FBI launched an investigation, putting Trump on the defensive. Then, following the suspected sarin gas attack on the Syrian village of Khan Sheikhun that killed more than 80 civilians, Trump decided to strike the Assad regime on April 7. This provoked a strong reaction from Moscow. Whichever side you are on, everybody can agree that …