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Oil Revenue Leakages: Another Chance for Nigeria, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

The Presidential Economic Team of 2003 to 2007 which I was privileged to be a member had a running joke - that the NNPC was an independent federal republic on its own totally separate from and way superior to the Nigeria we all worked for! This joke was our way…

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Oritsejafor and his bastardisation of CAN, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Many in Nigeria today may not remember the name of Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, but if there was any opposition to the military regimes of the eighties and nineties, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) under him definitely represented a voice of resistance to those governments' excesses. At a time…

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Kindergarten President, Childish Handlers, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

I still recall how one of my sons behaved before going into kindergarten. He did not know how to share toys or food, threw tantrums whenever he failed to get his way or insulted his siblings or sulked when criticized. With years of parental effort at home, and intervention of…

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Stunted potentials hobble our nation, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Our country is in the news these days often for the wrong reasons. Nigeria is a country devastated by poverty, insecurity, corruption and terrorism. The governance challenges are immense, while much of public policies now deliver poor outcomes. The budgeting process is a fictographic art, featuring much drama and a…

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Re: Fiscal Responsibility Commission: The Sleeping Watchdog, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

My recent piece on the Fiscal Responsibility Commission elicited a wide range of responses on some of the key issues raised. Space will not permit me to publish every one of them, but the response below from a staff of the commission who prefers to remain anonymous raises even more…

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Katsina State’s “No Future” Budget, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

In the days and weeks leading up to the faux pax that became the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) election, the Katsina state governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema was mentioned several times as a possible compromise candidate, largely on account of what some perceive as his ‘performance’ as governor. The same was…

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Fiscal Responsibility Commission – The Sleeping Watchdog, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

A few days ago, the minister of finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala warned that economic activities may be shut down and that the Federal Government may be unable to pay its workforce by September if government failed to resolve the lingering problems with the 2013 Appropriation Act. The fact that the…

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Jonathan’s Half-Time: The Verdict, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

The mid-term review of the Goodluck Jonathan administration was celebrated with much pomp and pageantry. To an onlooker or a visitor to the country, the review of the administration’s performance was right on course and almost believable. The paradox is that the same people who set the examinations, sat for…

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Jonathan’s half-time: The hard facts, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

We began the assessment of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration by listing a number of the campaign promises he made in 2011 and added that the achievement of those promises was not easy to measure because in essence, they were just broad generalizations with no targets, deliverables or timelines. Perhaps, that…

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Impunity, Injustice and Insecurity: What is the Role of the Law? By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Introduction: It would not be far from the truth to say that as Nigerian citizens, we are being manipulated into slowly but surely losing our humanity. Social and economic inequality manifesting in conspicuous consumption by a few,  side by side with the poverty of the many, exacerbated by infrastructure deficits…

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Jonathan’s Half-Time: Club Down, Manager Out, By Nasir Ahmad El Rufai

May 6th 2013 would make it 3 years since Goodluck Ebele Jonathan became president of Nigeria. As an elected government, the administration would be celebrating its second anniversary next week. It therefore is the right time to look at how well it has fared. Two years is sufficient time to…

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Soludo’s Solution of Anger and Innuendo, By Nasir El Rufai

Long before the publication of The Accidental Public Servant, I had decided to resist joining issues with whatever commentators wrote in response to the book by way of either attacking the author or its contents. It is a narrative of my experiences and views, and   I would simply invite others…

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Young Voices – Introducing ‘Dada Olusegun

“You cannot be passive when people in thousands die daily due to negligence of government.” The rising popularity of social media among young people has become such a nightmare for Nigeria's rulers that are afraid of openness and information symmetry, that the Jonathan administration is spending a whopping $40 million…

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The Cost of Governance: The PPPRA and a regime of corruption, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

In December last year, the National Assembly Joint Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) asked the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to justify the N5.7bn budget for overheads and personnel for its staff of 249 for 2012. Out of the N5.7bn, a total of N4.95bn had been released. Analysis of…

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Hunger In The Midst Of Plenty, By Nasir Ahmad Elrufai

A good proportion of young people today were taught from primary school that agriculture is the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. Agricultural Science as a subject is part of our educational curriculum and therefore taught at all levels of education. In spite of the constant emphasis on agriculture as a…

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Counting the Cost of Nigeria’s Water, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Not many Nigerians may know Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and fewer still would have any reason to. Born in 1772, he was an English poet who lived long before any notion of Nigerian nationhood was forged, but his most famous work, ‘The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’ which was written in…

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Budget 2013: Motion without Movement, By Nasir El-Rufai

The first quarter of the fiscal year has practically ended, yet Nigeria and Nigerians are yet to know how the approximately $140 million dollars the country earns daily from crude oil sales alone are being spent and how much more is going to be borrowed in our name to provide…

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Nigeria’s Budget and the Dance of the Masquerade, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Traditional masquerades have one enduring commonality: they run backwards and forwards; jump up and down and generality create an atmosphere of chaos. At the end of their exertions, though, not much would have changed because both the masquerade and the spectators know one thing: it is all drama. If any…

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Taxation: Ignored second fiddle to ‘easy’ oil money, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

The Federal Government earned N2.2trillion as opposed to N1.9trillion it targeted in 2009; N2.9trillion as against N2.5trillion in 2010; N4.7trillion in 2011 as opposed to N3.6trillion; and N5trillion generated in 2012 as opposed to N3.6trillion.  No, these are not foreign exchange earnings or even the Jonathan administration’s spurious borrowings. These…

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In Search of Leadership (2): Restoring Hope by Avoiding Breakdown By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

In the light of the historic challenges that have been become part of our polity, is it easy to restore hope once lost? Certainly not, but transformational leadership for Nigeria can begin the long process. From my modest experience spanning a decade in public service, I am convinced that almost…

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Pension Reforms: To be, or not to be? By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

A few years ago, it was common sight to see aged pensioners struggling – and often dying - in the process of obtaining what was rightfully theirs: their pensions. Due to the chaotic and punitive conditions suffered by these senior citizens who more often than not travelled great distances to…

Ayobami Oyalowo writes about the death of Governor Yakowa and co. in a plane crash warning the Nigerian elite, "if the roads aren’t safe for us, even the air will be contaminated for you"

Nasir El-rufai on Friday – Crime: Nigeria’s only thriving industry? Introducing Young Voices – Ayobami Oyalowo

Our young voice for this Friday is not that young – Ayo Oyalowo (@Ayourb on Twitter) is in his late 30s, so part of the demographic group that accounts for nearly 80% of our country’s population. Ayo’s experience has been in financial services and today is one of the most…

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El-Rufai on Friday: Introducing >>> The Opportunity Cost Of Corruption, By Chinedu Ekeke

 Apart from being young - with their ages ranging from 20 to early 30s, all our young voices have a few qualities in common. They are all honest, passionate, patriotic, detribalized, intelligent, thoughtful and angry about the Nigerian condition. Our last young voice for the year - Mr. Chinedu Ekeke…

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Why Nigeria Must Revisit Land Reforms, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Though pervasive insecurity and the fear of kidnapping means that some Nigerians will be unable to travel ‘home’ for Christmas this year, the millions who are poorly accommodated in the towns and cities where they live and work have little option but to travel to places where they probably have…

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El-Rufai on Friday: Introducing Oluwafunmilayo Oyatogun — Green, White, Hoax

 Oluwafunmilayo Oyatogun is determined and passionate. At the young age of 20, she is a graduating senior at the University of Colorado- Boulder with a double major in Environmental studies and Geography. Appalled by the little attention given to environmental issues in Nigeria, she founded Bailiff Africa: a platform that…