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Trump, Buhari and the Crude Art of Wobbling and Fumbling, By Okey Ndibe

As one well suspected, Mr. Buhari’s indefensible tardiness was a symptom of a broader crisis: an inability to articulate a vision for Nigeria. The obsession with blaming his government’s inertia on the tragic choices made by former President Goodluck Jonathan is no substitute for thoughtful governance. On November 8, 2016…
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Throwing a Lavish Party for the Dead, By Okey Ndibe

Regardless of the festering economic crisis in the country, regardless of the hordes of unemployed youngsters in the country, regardless of the thinning hope and burgeoning despair in the land—some people have figured that the most sensible thing to do is stage contests for the most gaudy, expensive and spectacular…
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Biafra and the Business of Killing, By Okey Ndibe

One would demand that President Buhari investigate the gruesome murder of unarmed Biafra agitators as well as other such grave violations, but that’s will-o-the wisp. Except in extremely isolated cases—for example, as an act of self-defense—it is morally indefensible for individuals to engage in extra-judicial killing. When a government makes…
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Truth, Other Casualties Of War On Judicial Corruption, By Okey Ndibe

A war against judicial corruption should be fought as part of a broader war against corruption in Nigeria. Tragically, President Buhari has not defined that broad, systemic template that would combat corruption within the Presidency and the DSS and the police and the military and academia and among the clergy,…
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Aisha Buhari Schools the President, By Okey Ndibe

President Buhari’s response to his wife’s censure was painfully In that graceless response—which the president’s handlers at first tried to pass off as witticism—President Buhari confirmed his wife’s depiction of a man who is so bewildered by the demands of his office that he has ceded control to others. In…
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PhD Truck Drivers And The Urgency Of Now, By Okey Ndibe

Mr. Buhari continues to invoke his personal virtues, his ascetic mindset, and his commitment to change. And he continues to blame his predecessors. But those attributes—self-assessment, rhetoric and the blame game—won’t suffice to address Nigeria’s gargantuan crises. Does he have it in him to outline a bold vision for Nigeria’s…
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Obiora Udechukwu: Honouring Genius, Moral Integrity, By Okey Ndibe

For me, the ultimate takeaway from taking part in, witnessing, the adulation of Udechukwu was this: that the last word belongs, not to the greedy ones who make a fetish of conspicuous consumption, but to men and women of honour and talent who labour every day to enrich their fellows,…
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