It’s a bit disheartening to be African this week. The Nigerian government, which has drastic political and economic problems, has opted to bury its head in the sand and ban Twitter. The Mozambicans are on the verge of a full-on war. And at least 160 people were killed by armed men in an attack on a village in Burkina Faso — though this barely gained a mention in world news.

To cap it all, politicians at the Pan African parliament (Pap) have recently showed us what they — and those who deploy them — are really about: raw power and lining their pockets, instead of fighting for the upliftment of the continent’s people...

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