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THE prescription of 'APC' pills to treat the political migraine of Nigeria's democracy which has been troubling it since 1999, when codeine, panadol, phensic, even with their combinations has not worked for the country. The attempt to use APC could help with some serious efforts in clearing the wreckage in the system before usage. Meanwhile, Nigerians commend the wisdom of leaders of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), (still in doubt), to come together to form a new political party, All Progressive Congress, (APC), after clearing some housekeeping obstacles for its authenticity. 

THE prescription of 'APC' pills to treat the political migraine of Nigeria's democracy which has been troubling it since 1999, when codeine, panadol, phensic, even with their combinations has not worked for the country. The attempt to use APC could help with some serious efforts in clearing the wreckage in the system before usage. Meanwhile, Nigerians commend the wisdom of leaders of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), (still in doubt), to come together to form a new political party, All Progressive Congress, (APC), after clearing some housekeeping obstacles for its authenticity. 

LAST week, in a highly anticipated speech, German President Joachim Gauck cautioned against the blind pursuit of an “ever-closer” European Union, acknowledging that the growing inequality among member states is generating “a sense of unease, even unmistakable anger,” and increasing the risk of national humiliation. He pointed out that, in addition to the economic crisis, there is “a crisis of confidence in Europe as a political project.”

While Gauck made clear that he remains decidedly pro-Europe, he highlighted the need for closer reflection about Europe's future  and especially that of the eurozone. Standing on the verge of greater integration, Europeans are hesitant, “unsure whether we should really stride out on the onward journey.” Addressing this hesitation, he declared, will require a thoughtful, nuanced understanding of what “more Europe” actually means.

LAST week I was in Sheffield as part of the Trade Delegation facilitated by the City of Sheffield, British Expertise and UKTI. The delegation from Nigeria consisted of Business Owners, SME Leaders, Government Leaders and others from all over Nigeria. My firm - Amandla Consulting (www.amandlaconsulting.net) had in our delegation Business Leaders from Cross River State, Osun States and Plaeteu State who were interested in foreign partnership to enhance their businesses and services in Nigeria and Sheffield is a significant destination for such networking. 

THE African youth is an important figure in attaining any nation's growth and development. The youths represent the voice of the people and their communities as well. Educating the youth is an integral part of achieving the nation's plan for its development and welfare. It isn't just about educating the youth but also empowering them with the necessary resources they need to attain and maximize their potentials.

The African youth is seldom given a chance and opportunity to develop his potential and our leaders today would rather appoint their fellow elders than appoint a youth to function and see to the achieving and maximizing of their potentials and contributing their own quota to the welfare and development of the nation's economy. 

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