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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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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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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