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Last updated: 27 August, 2007 - Published 18:16 GMT
 
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Monday 27th August

Vamuyan Ayouba Sherif in Monrovia, Liberia is pleased that opposition leader and former Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara announced his candidacy for the country's next Presidential elections.

I was delighted that Alassane Ouattara announced that he is going to contest the upcoming presidential race in Ivory Coast.

Ivoriens should know that Ouattara is indispensable to both the peace deals and good governance in the Ivory Coast. Those Ivoriens claiming that Ouattara is not a true Ivorien are anti-peace and progress in their country.

Remember that Nicholas Sarkozy, the president of France was the son of a Hungarian immigrant and a French mother of Greek Jewish origin. And Barack Obama may find himself in the White House, despite the fact his father was Kenyan.

Friday 24th August

It has been London Week on the BBC World Service and Timothy Ayamga in Accra, Ghana has been listening.

Yesterday, the BBC's Africa Have Your Say programme focused on lessons that African states could learn from London, but the problem lies in the difference between African and Western leaders themselves!

You see, whereas leaders in the west focus on their legacy and how to make life better for their people, some African leaders are busy enriching themselves and ensuring that their own families will not suffer any form of poverty after they are gone.

Let me also add that we the people are part of the problem. We expect so much from our leaders while we fail to hold them accountable for anything.

So how can we get the best from them?

Thursday 23rd August

Numvi Wallace in London has been thinking about the attack of a military convoy in the Agadez region by the Niger Movement for Justice (MNJ) on Wednesday.

The history of conflicts in Africa have shown that neglecting small incidents where people feel marginalised and deprived of a share of the national cake have in the end led to all-out wars with terrible consequences on the development of the continent and its people.

That is why I plead with the Government of Niger to enter into dialogue with and seek a political solution to the current unrest in the Tuareg region of the country.

Calling these people bandits and drug smugglers in my opinion is not only a smoke-screen to undermine the demands and purported injustices suffered by these people, but will further exacerbate the conflict and bring untold suffering to the Nigerien people. Wednesday's attacks only serve to emphasise my point.

Wednesday 22nd August

The announcement that the West African Economic and Monetary Union have allotted funds to spend on developments in the hope that young people might be discouraged from leaving the continent, has upset Peter Lual in South Sudan.

I am very disappointed with the way African leaders try to convince their citizens, especially the youths.

Please let me tell you African leaders that we young ones are not to be pooled together in that manner!

What we want is jobs which are personal to us and to what we want to do.

It is not a matter of simply spending money on expanding a particular agricultural activity or water project.

If you can't or won't give us what we want, then we shall not stop going abroad.

Tuesday 21st August

Israel Ambe Ayongwa in Bamenda, Cameroon, is commemorating a sad event in his country.

Today marks twenty-one years since the tragic gas explosion in Lake Nyos in the North-West Province of Cameroon, which left almost two thousand people dead.

The explosion Israel refers to was caused by a build-up of natural gas in the lake, releasing an enormous quantity of carbon dioxide into the surrounding valleys, asphyxiating all forms of life as far as 30 kilometres from the lake.

I still remember those dreaded images of corpses and rotting carcasses beamed across our national television network.

Today, my main concern is that our authorities have not done enough to compensate or help those who miraculously survived the tragedy.

It is really a shame that all the government seems to do is organise insignificant press conferences in Yaounde, without going to where the incident took place to check on the state of affairs for the survivors.

 
 
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