Columns

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…
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Columns

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…
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Garba Shehu

As The North Grabs Its Fate with Both Hands, By Garba Shehu

A common narrative among lazy commentators and apologists of our often criticized government is one that accuses “Northern leadership” and their (Islamic) apex religious leadership of not doing much more than criticize, comment or condemn the executive leadership, without being proactive” to end the “senseless menace that has plagued Nigeria’s…
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Garba Shehu

Emir Sanusi’s Curious Deal, And Perils He Must Avoid, By Garba Shehu

It is welcome that the new Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11, as he prefers to be called ( he was known as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi until his coronation), landed on the throne of his forefathers in the vast entity called the Emir's Palace. This followed the dramatic end to…
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Politics

The Limit of Political Brigandage, By Zainab Suleiman Okino  

Indications are emerging that the 2015 elections will be bloody. The federal government which should offer peace overtures is, sadly leading the way in engendering violence by omission, commission or through verbal war. Last week, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) organized an All Nigeria Political Parties and Political Stakeholders…
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Dele Agekameh

The ‘forgotten’ girls of Chibok, By Dele Agekameh

‘It's appropriate for government to explore dialogue, whether put together by Obasanjo or any other person, to get the Chibok schoolgirls out’. On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Wole Soyinka, professor and Nobel Laureate, appeared on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s programme, Hardtalk and added his voice to the growing international discourse on…
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Guest Columns

Are our Corporate Governance Standards High Enough? By Soji Apampa

Corporate governance is at the heart of how businesses are run. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperative Development (OECD), “corporate governance involves a set of relationships between a company’s management, its boards, its shareholders and other stakeholders”. Corporate governance, broadly speaking, includes board efficiency, transparency, reporting requirements, investor communications…
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Guest Columns

Fiscal Federalism in the Nigerian Debate, By Kayode Oladele

Federal systems emerge in two broad ways both of which have epochal implications for development. First are the coming-together federal systems. Second are the holding-together systems. The first is voluntary and often a response to certain socio-economic or political needs and or challenges facing the component units at a particular…
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