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Obo Effanga

Every agency has its crook, By Obo Effanga  

So I set out this afternoon to renew the papers for my car at the…

Soji Apampa

Is there a Right Corporate Governance Framework for Nigeria?

In developing an appropriate corporate governance framework, should Nigeria copy international paradigms that may or…

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Day Dreaming About Regional Leadership, By Audu Liberty Oseni

It is important to show appreciation to BBC for organizing a debate: Is Nigeria Ready…

Hussaina Ishaya Audu

Insult Upon Injury, By Hussaina Ishaya Audu

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln I don’t like Goodluck Jonathan. I have asked myself why because I believe emotions should have a rational basis. It…

Kehinde Bamigbetan

Why the Conspiracy Against Bola Tinubu Will Fail, By Kehinde Bamigbetan

First, my prejudice: I am committed to the promotion, elevation and celebration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Just like lovers of Chief Awolowo, I wear caps with his chain logo.  I understand him and I have written tonnes of articles to try to make people see him in as best a…

President Goodluck Jonathan

We Are at a Dead End President Goodluck Jonathan!, By Tony Rapu

Your Excellency,More than two millennia ago, the prophet Daniel observed that, "God changes the times and the seasons and lifts up kings and deposes them." These are salient words for you as you try to interpret Nigeria’s current circumstances. The scriptures further tell us that the sons of Issachar understood…

Chido Onumah

Biafra, June 12, Boko Haram and the future of Nigeria (2), By Chido Onumah

For a people in search of a meaningful national identity, I worry when we miss any opportunity – no matter how insignificant – to solidify the bonds of nationhood. Undoubtedly, those who have appropriated political power and those who have had the privilege of overseeing the affairs of the country…

Zainab Suleiman Okino

The hate mongers, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

“If citizens of the same country have to carry IDs to be able to move freely from one state to another, something has gone awry with that country”. After almost two weeks of negotiation, 114 out of 486 Northerners detained in Abia state were finally released last week with the…

chidi Odinkalu

Stop Making the Insurgents Feel Good, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

On 7 December 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, forcing the United States into the Second World War. Two and a half months later, on 19 February 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an Executive Order under which Japanese-American men, women and children would…

Garba Shehu

“Jews (Read: Northerners) Unwelcome”, By Garba Shehu

Profiling of citizens in accordance with their religion and ethnicity is wrong and condemnable. (more…)

Sunday Dare

Aribisala’s Hallucinations and Other Varieties of Nightmare, By Sunday Dare

“Aribisala should ask himself in good conscience what he would have done if he was in Asiwaju’s shoes and there is an open threat to democratic norms and values.” “It seems Mr Aribisala is having endless sleepless nights over the person of Bola Tinubu and indeed the emergence of APC…

Dele Agekameh

This Frankenstein Monster, By Dele Agekameh

‘In essence, the Boko Haram crisis, which escalated in July 2009, has continued to grow into the Frankenstein monster it is today because some entrenched interests are busy poking the fire’ It is basically a war of attrition: “you kick us, we kick you”. This is how best to describe…

Okey Ndibe

Towards an Ethnicity of Values, By Okey Ndibe

For me, one of the most disconcerting facts about public discourse in Nigeria—including intellectual exchanges—is the rampant, if not default, deployment of ethnic or religious sentiments. Confronted with issues of moral urgency that demand the taking of principled positions, far too many Nigerians find comfort in embarrassing expediencies shaped by…

Bola Tinubu

Boko Haram, poverty and threats to Nigeria’s democracy, By Bola Tinubu

“Instead of choosing public servants, elections in Nigeria have been basically to select a new aristocracy, an elected royalty.” POVERTY AND TERRORISM THREATEN THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR DEMOCRACY I thank all of you for participating in this maiden Freedom House lecture on democracy. I want to express special appreciation to…

Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Nigeria and Deceptive Politics – The Ekiti Example, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

Will a Fayose have the guts to run for the position of a city clerk in the United States? Of course not! A Fayose would have been cooling his heels in some medium security prison long ago! ========================= There is a moral paradox at the heart of our food-for-vote democratic…

Femi Aribisala, Ph.D

The beginning of the end of the Bola Tinubu dynasty, Femi Aribisala

While Tinubu derided Yoruba Obas as “useless,” he went up North to Kwankwaso to engineer the installation of a “useful” Emir of Kano. (more…)

Larry Diamond

Nigeria: Anatomy of a Feckless State, By Larry Diamond

Because Nigeria has largely squandered staggering natural resource wealth and human potential over more than half a century of independence, there is a chronic tendency here and abroad to see its national prospect as nearly hopeless. But Nigeria is not condemned to suffer endemic corruption, waste, ineptitude, and insecurity. These…

National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

Dasuki: Power of Apology and Constructive Engagements, By Labaran Saleh

At a recent private engagement with the media, a prince of the Sokoto caliphate, former aide de camp to former President Ibrahim Babangida and current National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retired), lamented that terrorists have succeeded in changing the way Nigerians see and relate with each other but…

Jibrin Ibrahim

The Nigerian State: PS 101, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I am so depressed by the ambient literature and statements on the Nigerian state that I need to find solace in political science 101. State collapse in Nigeria first entered the literature between the botched census of 1962 and the fraudulent elections of 1964. Some of us have therefore lived…

Ifeanyi Uddin

The CBN’s New Challenges, By Ifeanyi Uddin

This month the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) rate-setting committee (the Monetary Policy Committee — MPC) meets for the first time under its new governor. He, incidentally, did feel a need earlier to put his “manifesto” out. Much commentary attended his presentation; and the consensus was that he had managed…

Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

When the President writes, By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

“Because of the feeble crutches the Washington Post piece is hinged on, the President, ended up like the proverbial he-goat who went on a tryst and returned pregnant”. (more…)

Femi Fani-Kayode

Expanding Vistas of Nigerian Jihadism [2], By Femi Fani-Kayode

At this juncture permit me to share the words of my friend Mr. Dickson Igwe. On June 16th 2014 he wrote the following on my facebook wall: ''There is a war on in the Middle East and Africa between the forces of jihad and more moderate forces. It is either…

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Nigerian lawmakers move to cripple NGOs, voluntary organisations

Here is some bad news for voluntary organisations, including churches and mosques involved in running social services like schools, hospitals and orphanages. If they rely on foreign financial and material support for any of their interventions, the future is going to be made bleak, thanks to the House of Representatives.…

hannatu Musawa

Mutating from Defeat to Hope in Ekiti, By Hannatu Musawa

As the dust in Ekiti settles in the aftermath of the gubernatorial election, memories of the grueling and hard fought campaigns have already started fading from the nation’s collective consciousness. And as we witness the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in Ekiti state, there is one…

Femi Aribisala, Ph.D

Jesus Can Never Be a Sacrifice for Sin (2), Femi Aribisala

Jesus will not offer to God the sacrifices he insists will not prevent people from perishing. --------------------------- On the Mount of Transfiguration, God the Father counsels that, henceforth, we should only listen to Jesus.  He puts this to dramatic effect by having Moses and Elijah, representing the law and the…