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Mark Zuckerberg’s (Free) Education Of Nigerians, By Okey Ndibe

Unlike the tech entrepreneur, many of Nigeria’s wealthiest amassed their fortunes by shooting their way to power, rigging elections, through contract fraud, from questionable acquisition of oil blocks or other transfers of public assets. I wonder: did these fake “big” men and women pay attention as Mark Zuckerberg showed us…
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Chronicles Of Tragedy And Absurdity, By Okey Ndibe

It’s only in Nigeria that public officials fatten their bank accounts from funds budgeted for public purposes—and then demand that the people whose lives they have impoverished must fast and pray for better electric power, to be spared death in road accidents or death in ill-equipped hospitals. As a novelist,…
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Nigeria Should “Boycott” Future Olympics, By Okey Ndibe

Odds are, there won’t be any consequences. Sports officials will continue to keep their posts, seeking other opportunities to fatten their bank accounts precisely by exposing their country to global ridicule. Nigeria went to Rio, Brazil and, as the world looked on, gave a thoroughly embarrassing account of itself. Don’t…
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Nigeria: Time to Question Everything, By Okey Ndibe

Despite his hectoring rhetoric, President Buhari has no formula for taming the country’s divisive impulses and knocking Nigeria into shape. The sooner he abandons the illusion that he runs a cohesive country, the better for all of us. Nigeria’s economic crisis is acute, exacerbated by religious tensions and political fault…
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The Theology And Ideology Of Nigerian Violence, By Okey Ndibe

There’s a great challenge and opportunity for mainstream Muslims, those who have declared no overt fatwa on western education. These adherents often stipulate that Islam is founded on peace. It behooves them, then, to make their voices heard in this theological debate between Shekau and al-Barnawi. Two curious events took…
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Padded Budgets, Padded Change, By Okey Ndibe

The whole scandal is an opportunity to rethink the structure and size of Nigeria’s machinery of governance. I’ve said before, and restate here: There’s no financial or political sense in having full-time legislators in Nigeria. In many states in the US, lawmakers are part-time, and merely receive sitting allowances if…
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Junaid’s Jeremiads, Buhari’s Burden, By Okey Ndibe

If—and I put a big 'if' here—Junaid’s allegations are true (as I write, there had been no refutation from the Presidency), then President Buhari is guilty of the basest privatisation of political power in Nigeria’s history. His defenders may say there’s no explicit law against such an act, but it…
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Memo To Buhari: Take A Hard Look At Nigeria’s Map, By Okey Ndibe

It may be the case that the president is incapable of broadening his horizon when he has a job to fill. In that event, it behooves those closest to him—especially the Muslims and Northerners whose counsel he is likely to listen to—to point him to higher ideals of fairness. These…
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