Nigeria’s President and the CBN Governor: In defense of institutions, By Ayisha Osori

“In a country where ‘I am loyal’ is a salutation; successive presidents may expect a CBN Governor who is loyal to them and not to the responsibilities of the office.”

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Citizens’ Priorities Must Dictate Development Initiatives, By Temilade Sesan

The marble plaque commemorating the founding of the primary health centre in Oboto, a peri-urban agrarian community in Ondo state, Nigeria, declares the facility open ‘to the glory of God and the benefit of mankind’. In the decade or so that has elapsed since its opening, the health centre has found it particularly difficult to […]

Pius Adesanmi

Kiss-ing Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, By Pius Adesanmi

This column is kiss-ing Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala this week. It will in fact be the shortest piece I’ve ever offered on this platform. I know y’all got dirty minds. Don’t worry, it simply means we are keeping it short and simple for Nigeria’s de facto Prime Minister who has programmed herself never to get it. […]

Chido Onumah

What does the “North” want? By Chido Onumah

There are two basic questions that must be answered by all of us Nigerians. One, do we want to remain as one country? Two, if the answer is yes, under what conditions? – Chief Bola Ige. The quote above is one of the most profound statements about Nigeria that I have come across. These are […]

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The Tragic Consequences of Secret Contracts, By Seember Nyager

Every day, through secret contracts being carried out within public institutions, there is confirmation that the interest of the public is not served. A few days ago, young Nigerians in Abuja were arrested for protesting against the reckless conduct of the recruitment exercise at the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) that led to the death of […]

Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi from Ekiti

President Jonathan: It is time to halt the fiddling, By Olubunmi Adetunmbi

“The President has spent a great part of the current year junketing across the globe with public funds in needless ventures that could have been handled by subordinates in government.” In the classic, Quo Vadis, a 1951 American epic film adapted from Henryk Sienkiewicz’s classic 1896 masterpiece, Emperor Nero is said to have played the […]

chidi Odinkalu

The State Has an Obligation to Protect Journalists, By Chidi Odinkalu & Ibrahima Kane

On March 28, 2014, in Arusha, Tanzania, Africa’s highest court, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, delivered a far-reaching decision in a case concerning the rights of journalists to practice their vocation free from intimidation or the fear of death. The court, in its first ruling on such matters, held that the failure of a […]

Garba Shehu

PDP, APC And Their Endless Verbal Rockets, Garba Shehu

The PDP and its may communicators must come to terms with the responsibility they carry on their shoulders With the 2015 elections looming large on the horizon, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has done itself some good by organizing a two-day retreat in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, for their publicity secretaries. The retreat starts today […]

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Lady Injustice, By Zubaida Mahmoud

My mom is Idoma, from Benue State while my dad is Fulani from Kano State. They met in 1979 when they were both at the Nigerian Law School. After their call to Bar, they were both posted to Rivers State for NYSC. They got married in January 1983 and settled in Kano State. My mom […]

Muhammed Jameel Yusha'u

The limit of favouritism, By Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u

“The answer is simple; I am worried about the self-defeatist attitude in some of our youth. They believe ‘long leg’ is everything?”

Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Between Jonathan’s Sleeping Delegates, Lord Fayose and SSS’ Cock and Bull Story, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Sunday’s attack is a bollix, and a major embarrassment for Nigeria. May we find safety from the evil of ourselves! Nigeria has a way of tugging at you. In this space this week, at issue is about the ugly joke Nigeria has become. I am in Chicago this week and here, a lot of things […]

Femi Aribisala, Ph.D

The surprising merger of the PDP and the APC, By Femi Aribisala

The PDP and the APC have decided to form a grand coalition in order to lay the foundation for the rebirth of Nigeria in this centenary year.

Saleh Ashaka

Confab delegates and the unity of Nigeria, By Saleh Ashaka

Writer presses the argument of a united Nigeria.

Tolu Ogunlesi

How do we make decisions in Nigeria? By Tolu Ogunlesi

“…the decisions that most affect our lives as Nigerians are made with the same attention to detail as decisions about what to have for lunch…” The quality of government-level decision-making in Nigeria deserves scrutiny. How does a President or Governor or Minister come to make up his mind on critical national issues? How much of […]

Prof Akin Adesokan

Another Long Walk Begins (2), By Akin Adesokan

Right now, I have before me two documents: the Bill proposed to the Nigerian parliament in 2006 to “make provisions for the prohibition of sexual relations between persons of the same sex,” and the act signed into law in January 2014 “to prohibit marriage or civil union entered between persons of same sex.” But for […]

Jibrin Ibrahim

The Numbers Game in the National Conference, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Over the next three months, (or longer, as I understand some delegates are already campaigning for an extension of the life of the Conference), I plan to write a number of columns following the issues and debates at the National Conference. I have always been a keen supporter of the National Conference for the simple […]


Crying For Hope, By Ose Oyamendan-Eimakhu

I’m 35,000 feet above the ground, floating in a giant mechanical bird that man calls an airplane. This has become a second home to me. I’ve had immigrations officials say “I just saw you a few days ago” to me at my local airport in Los Angeles. Once, flying was a pipe dream for a […]

Ifeanyi Uddin

Measuring Bank Liquidity, By Ifeanyi Uddin

In the last four years, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has tightened monetary conditions even as inflation moved into and seemed comfortable in the single digit range — an unusual experience for this economy. The organised private sector has made much of how these tight conditions, especially high interest rates have made it difficult […]

Remi Idowu

A State’s Welfare Triumphalism And Its Economic Implications, By Aderemi Idowu

The primary objective of a good government is to impact positively on its citizenry through policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on their day-to-day living. Those great men and women that brought about a welfare society must have thought completely out of the box in favour of those within the society that are […]

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National Conference and the art of dialogue, By Nnimmo Bassey

Delegates have to get to the point of hearing and feeling each other, author says.

Femi Fani-Kayode

The Barbarians Of Africa, Femi Fani-Kayode

Last week I wrote an essay titled ”12 Years A Slave and The Case For Reparations”. It was a historical account about the travails of the African and the black man over the last few centuries. Frankly, it was very moving. I shed tears as I wrote that essay- tears for our people and their […]

Femi Aribisala, Ph.D

Article of Faith: Unraveling the Mystery of Dreams, By Femi Aribisala

The fact that you saw someone in a dream does not mean the dream is about him.  In 2003, Femi-Kevin’s headmaster sent me an email forecasting that he would fail his GCSE exams because he had done so badly in his mock exams.  I wrote an angry response and asked him: “Are you God?  How are you […]

Pastor Taiwo Odukoya

Proactive Leadership, By Taiwo Odukoya

Where there is no vision, the people perish…  (Proverbs 29:18a) A 2005 research by Tiina Jokinen of the University of Vaasa, identified proactivity as one of the key global leadership competencies of the modern age. Proactivity we all know is acting in advance to deal with an unexpected difficulty; it is initiating change rather than […]

Sunday Ogidigbo

Nigeria: A clueless generation, By Sunday Ogidigbo

I don’t blame the people that think that Nigeria is God’s cartoon network. One hundred years after the birth of our nation, we cannot provide the simplest of amenities for our ever growing population. Against this backdrop of gross socioeconomic deficit, the drums were rolled out for a multi-billion Naira centenary celebration. Unfortunately, I missed […]

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ELEVATED SIGHT: Dangers of Lagging Behind God’s Agenda [3], By Fred Adetiba

This is the third and concluding part of this series. Kindly follow these links for the part one and two. In the part 2, we established that there is a manifestation of God beyond Pentecostalism, and the failure of Christians to move beyond that has largely been responsible for the many disheartening stories coming out […]