Democracy and Governance

The Business of Drafting Jonathan, By Okey Ndibe

There’s a new business in Nigeria. It’s the business of drafting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to present himself for reelection. A group called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has emerged as the biggest, most enterprising player. Every few days, some busybodies under the aegis of TAN descend on some city…
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Okey Ndibe

Nigeria’s True Heroes And Villains, By Okey Ndibe

The dreaded Ebola virus and Boko Haram represent different faces of two most dire crises currently plaguing Nigeria. The former is a natural contagion, the latter a human-made disaster. Patrick Sawyer, a now deceased Liberian American diplomat, has become a well-known—and widely despised name—in Nigeria. It was he who first…
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Democracy and Governance

Bishop Kukah’s Grave Misreading, By Okey Ndibe

Last week, as part of festivities celebrating the 80th birthday of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto delivered a lecture titled “Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Genius and Prophetic Outrage”. It was a remarkable lecture in several ways, including its sweep, its blend…
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Democracy and Governance

Biafra, the Ostrich Mentality and Nigeria’s Tragedy, By Okey Ndibe

There is a sense in which the name of the malaise afflicting Nigeria is Biafra. I have argued before—and I must do so again—that Nigeria’s refusal to confront and address the sore of the Biafran War is the chief reason no nation has been able to materialize out of the…
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