Opinion

Of Aristocratic Rebels and the Tyranny of Tradition, By Chris Ngwodo

If traditional rulers are not expected to draw attention to inconvenient facts, as the Emir of Kano has done, and are meant to simply carry on in cloistered indifference to pervasive social dysfunction, then why do they exist at all? If traditional rulers cannot speak truth, and are meant to…
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Guest Columns

Death As Our Way of Life: Deconstructing Violence in Nigeria, By Chris Ngwodo

...the political economy fosters a climate of competition and mutual antagonism between groups that perceive themselves to be locked in a no-holds-barred struggle for the national cake. It is not the case that Nigerians are fundamentally or irredeemably tribal; they are trapped in a system that forces them against their…
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Guest Columns

Nigeria’s War Against the Shi’a, By Chris Ngwodo

Buhari risks leaving as his defining moral legacy, an indifference to human suffering and tyrannical oppression of minorities that will forever colour the memory of his presidency. By its disregard for the human rights of the Shi’a, and its enablement of extremist voices, the administration is nurturing monsters whose bloody…
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Guest Columns

The Importance of the #BringBackOurGirls Movement, By Chris Ngwodo

We owe the BBOG activists a debt of gratitude for not letting us retreat further than we already have from the norms of civilisation, for being rare exemplars of moral courage in the public square. The Chibok families deserve our compassion and sympathy. Their tireless advocates deserve our respect. When…
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Guest Columns

The General In His Labyrinth, By Chris Ngwodo

The demands of statecraft have detonated Buhari’s hitherto larger-than-life persona and exposed his limitations – much to the distress of his most uncritical adulators. In essence, he is a septuagenarian who was dragged out of retirement, whose ideas of governance have not significantly evolved since the early 1980s; whose hibernation…
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Guest Columns

Government Without Governance: When the State Fails In Its Fundamental Objectives, By Chris Ngwodo

- Nigerian Agriculture Minister, Audu Ogbeh It is not just that by its statements and acts, the Buhari administration is frittering away goodwill. The Nigerian state is also delegitimising itself. Implicit in the agriculture minister’s statements was a singular message to farmers and other Nigerians – “You are on your…
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Opinion

Brexit and What It Means for the Developing World, By Dike Chukwumerije and Chris Ngwodo

Indeed, it is an inter-connected world. So while that famous spirit of independence – this quintessentially British cry to ‘leave us alone’ – might have been something to be admired in medieval times, in today’s world for certain it is something to be feared. Not so much because we would…
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Guest Columns

The Ring-Bearer’s Dilemma, By Chris Ngwodo

Restructuring is the next phase of our democratic evolution. The challenge is for elites to moderate these processes with reason and smart policies rather than resort to brute force. The latter approach will only further radicalise discontent, and cede the conversation to extremists, with apocalyptic The hope is that the…
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