Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari recently requested that the US relocate its Africa Command headquarters from Germany, where it is currently located, to Africa. This, he reasoned, would make for a more effective tackling of growing armed violence on the continent. Apart from this being a complete volte-face from the previous position of Nigeria on the US Africa Command, Kester Onor explains why relocating the headquarters will not solve the region’s security problems. He adds that reforms that will entrench constitutionalism, the rule of law, and political inclusion are the keys to making Africa more secure.

In different parts of the world, cybercrime is a major concern and Nigeria has its fair share of this challenge. While public sentiment is against cybercrime, Oludayo Tade unpacks how some local music encourages internet fraudsters and launders their image.

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A US soldier carries his belongings to a waiting truck at a military camp on the outskirts of Niamey, Niger. Jacob Silberberg/Getty Images

Moving US Africa Command to Africa will not solve the continent’s security issues

Kester Onor, Covenant University

Reforms that will entrench constitutionalism, the rule of law, and political inclusion will solve Africa's security problems, not moving the US Africa Command headquarters to the continent

Olu Maintain’s hit song Yahooze is an ode to cybercrime. Joseph Okpako/Redferns/Getty Images

Nigerian hip hop lyrics put cybercrime in a good light

Oludayo Tade, University of Ibadan

Poverty aside, cultural factors like the influence of hip hop songs may also play a role in making a life of cybercrime attractive to young people.

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