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Nigeria's stolen money | Thai boys

Posted by: Global Perspectives

Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018


Editor's note

Swiss authorities have struck a deal with the Nigerian government on repatriating money stolen during former president Sani Abacha’s regime. The Nigerian government has said it will give the money to poor families in small cash disbursements over six years. But the payments will only go to poor people in some of Nigeria’s states, raising fears that the plan is simply a ruse to bribe voters ahead of the 2019 elections. Tolu Olarewaju argues that there are better uses for the money than making cash payments. Also from Nigeria, Dimeji Togunde looks at the high rates of child labour and the huge challenges facing these children in urban areas.

Cameroon is on the brink of catastrophe following two years of a brutal conflict that was sparked by a peaceful protest by teachers and lawyers in the country’s English-speaking region. Julius A. Amin, who has just returned from the troubled region, explains why the country’s President Paul Biya should call off planned elections, announce a ceasefire and lead the search for political solutions.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

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