Guest Columns

Sanusi: Herdsman, Iconoclast Or Pretender?, By Azu Ishiekwene

Like the herdsman anxious to save the flock from danger, Sanusi’s comment was a wake-up call. If, however, like Frederik Willem de Klerk, he becomes the battering ram that deals the fatal blow on his privileged class, he will always find a place in our weary hearts, a much better…
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Dogara, El-Rufai and Security Vote, By Azu Ishiekwene

The few grown-ups in the National Assembly must feel genuinely embarrassed about what is going on there. Some have expressed concern that the National Assembly might not only be weakened by the harsh portrayal in the press, it might also be exposed to public incitement. Speaker Yakubu Dogara meant it…
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Understanding Buhari, By Azu Ishiekwene

One of the saddest things said by a foreign newspaper during Buhari’s medical leave was that, dead or alive, he no longer makes any difference to the lives of Nigerians. Creative dysfunction is sometimes an unofficial government tool. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo occasionally set top government officials up against themselves…
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No Duty Too High To Save Hameed Ali, By Azu Ishiekwene

If Ali is truly serious about fixing the broken duty payment system, he should start with his men. He should also remove the bottlenecks at the ports, cut the payment process – currently about eight from valuation (where the fraud really happens) to final clearance – and encourage whistleblowers. In…
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