Democracy and Governance

Ending the National Conference, Equity, the Numbers and the Zones, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The National Conference is coming to an end and through it, we know at the end what we knew at the beginning. It was necessary to have the National Conference so that we can chat but that the discussions will take us nowhere. My position has always been that just…
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Columns

Making Sense of What We Say, By Ifeanyi Uddin

When plans to convene another talkfest around the seminal questions hemming in our quest for national cohesion were bruited about recently, my initial reaction was one of irritation. At the minimum, any such dialogue makes sense in response to a representation, accountability, or democracy deficit. Within this reading, a national…
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Columns

Article of Faith: Pastors are Jesus Killers, By Femi Aribisala

It is these pastors that decided to sacrifice Jesus. And their descendants are the pastors currently running our churches. Jesus is our redeemer. But from whom exactly does he redeem us? Does it make sense to presume he redeems us from God? Some terrorists kidnapped a rich man’s children and…
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Guest Columns

The Chibok Girls Dangle a Future, and a Hope, By Mbasekei Martin Obono

Today makes it the 86th day that our innocent and harmless girls were kidnapped, girls who were in pursuit of their dreams and happiness. Girls who had the hopes and aspirations of probably furthering their education to tertiary level; in those girls, there could have been a Professor Dora Akunyili.…
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Columns

Segun Ayobolu Struts and Wobbles On Ekiti Elections, By Olayinka Oyebode

Reading Segun Ayobolu’s “researched piece” on Ekiti June 21 election, which is essentially a diatribe against Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi titled : “Further Thoughts on Ekiti Polls” in his back page column in The Nation Newspapers last Saturday, one must extend deep sympathies to Ayobolu as he toiled…
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Columns

David Umaru: The Last Man Standing in Niger, By Gimba Kakanda

Surviving as the opposition in the political culture of Niger state is a feat possible only for the tough and the extraordinarily resilient. Over time, as a keen observer, I've watched and studied the comings and goings of certain dramatic figures who have emerged to challenge an incumbent government and…
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