Issues of the Day

Bamidele Francis Aturu 1964-2014, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Bamidele Francis Aturu, who died on 9 July 2014, abandoned a career in the military to train as scientist. Precluded from public service by an audacious act of objection to military dictatorship, he discovered a vocation as arguably the foremost public interest advocate of his generation in Nigeria. A lawyer…
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Using Carrots and Sticks in the Fight Against Corruption, By Soji Apampa  

In 2008, the US Securities and Exchange Commission charged Siemens AG for engaging in Worldwide Bribery. Siemens paid just under $2bn to the US Department of Justice to settle the matter as against the $ it allegedly made in profits through corrupt deals. The company subsequently sacked and cleared out…
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Issues of the Day

Steps for Democracy…Forward or Backward? By Akin Adesokan

It was both sobering and pleasing to read a long interview with the governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, published last week in the online periodical Sahara Reporters. In that interview titled “My Ekiti Election Story,” Fayemi left no one in doubt that he understood the implications of his electoral…
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Issues of the Day

Looking Back at the NBA Elections 2014, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

In the run in to the elections into national offices in the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in July 2012, a serving State Governor approached a group of trusted senior lawyers with a question: who in the among the contenders did they think he and his party could support? Asked why…
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Reminiscing On The Odukomaiya Legacy at 80, By Dele Agekameh

It was Arthur Gordon, famously known as "Art" Linkletter, a Canadian-born American radio and television personality (July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010), who said: “There are four stages of man: infancy, childhood, adolescence…and obsolescence”. In all through these stages, the first two - infancy and childhood- though form the…
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