In Nigeria, every four years, in the year preceding a general election, it has become the norm among the political class to swap parties, and this year has not been an exception. Because of the defections in the APC and the PDP, there are many who will argue that what voters need to do is give up on the two main parties and go for a third party. However, it is not quite that simple, and today in The Guardian, Saratu Abiola (@saratu ) explains why a candidate with good ideas may not enough, even if having ideas in the first place is a good place to start.
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Almost 70.000 people gathered in Bucharest on Saturday evening, with thousands more in other cities, for a peaceful protest against the corrupt ruling party, one day after violent clashes were started by a handful of provokers and deliberately maintained by the riot police. They fired large quantities of tear gas and smoke grenades, affecting tens of thousands of peaceful protesters. Hundreds were injured and there are many documents showing peaceful people being intentionally hit by the riot police. This is widely viewed as a political command, an attempt to discredit the huge protest of the Romanians that work abroad and came back to express their anger against the corrupt politicians in charge. It is only the latest protest in a series of tens, if not hundreds of protests, large and small, that started in January 2017, when the ruling party, recently installed after low turnout elections, started attacking the justice system, with many of its members having various convictions.
In Nigeria, the Insurance Act of 2003 and other legislation made seven types of insurance compulsory, yet, according to a PwC report in 2015, less than 2 per cent of all adults in Nigeria have insurance.
The need for insurance in Nigeria could not be clearer and today in The Guardian, Feyi Fawehinmi (@doubleeph ) looks at its role in the development of some of the world’s top nations and why Nigerian-based insurance companies and industry regulators need to do more to get additional people insured.
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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, situated in Oyo state, southwest Nigeria, is over half a century old, but not many know about this paradise on earth. If you love freshly grilled food while lounging by the pool and sipping ridiculously affordable drinks or you love to watch animals in their natural habitat, then get ready to book a trip to Ibadan after reading Zainob Fashola's (@zeegoes ) latest travel log in today’s edition of The Guardian.
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John Obi Mikel may not have matured into the player many Nigerians hoped he would when they first set eyes on him well over a decade ago, but in the darkest times, he has grown into the player Nigeria needs.
Grab a copy of The Guardian on the newsstands, as Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina ) looks at, among other things, the career of a footballer who has resoundingly won over the affections of a nation by his patriotism, selflessness and commitment.