Fred Adeiba

Serving the Unknown God [3], By Frederick Adetiba

One of the truths we established in the last post is that as we spare no expense in time and resources to advance in our career, academics, business, etc, so we are required to pay attention to our spiritual development by God. This truth seems to have eluded most of us because of the infiltration […]

Gbenga Olorunpomi

History Encounters Bola Tinubu at a Dinner Table, By Gbenga Olorunpomi

“Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past…” Karl Marx Good people are hard to come by. The uncomfortable truth is that this world despises good people. Human beings have […]

Adaobi Nkeokelonye

A Rosary for Our Chibok Sisters, By Adaobi Nkeokelonye

Dear Sisters, The calendar on our wall is running, new moons have come and gone, but your bed is still empty. Such emptiness will not allow our vigil to rest, how can we? As I stand and watch from the porch and hear the rattling guns, like pendulum, my heart dangles between fear and comfort. […]

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 Vehicle Inspection Officer’s (VIO) office in Area 1, Abuja. I put a call through to a friend who works in that agency, but in another office location and she suggested which officer I should ask for when I get to […]

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 may not fit our context? Should we borrow wholesale the rules-based or principles-based approaches to corporate governance or would we be better off developing our own unique response based on lessons from these international approaches? The role of sound corporate […]

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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 to Lead Africa? on the 25th day of June, 2014 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Kano Hall at 5.00 pm Nigeria time.  I thank Mary Morgan, Producer BBC debate world service for inviting me to be part of the audience. At the debate, […]

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 would be illogical for me […]

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 light as possible. I should […]

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 the times and they knew […]

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 have been our greatest undoing. […]

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 remaining still holed up there. […]

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 eventually be interned. The effect […]

Garba Shehu

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

Profiling of citizens in accordance with their religion and ethnicity is wrong and condemnable.

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 as another big political party […]

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 the current situation in the […]

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 ethnic or religious affiliation. I’d […]

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.”

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 process. There is something very […]

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.

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 are the products of deficient […]

Former 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 observed the only way to […]

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 through fifty years of a […]

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 to drop so many balls […]

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”.

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 you follow their pure islamic […]