Opinion

The First Family and Its Image Makers, By Femi Odere

...perhaps the most common, yet connecting, thread that runs through the expereiences of Tolu, Bayo, Zaynab and Haye, by which history would probably judge them, is their uncommon passion to give back to the society in which they found the courage to discover and/or rediscover themselves, through their various mentoring…
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Columns

The Righteous Nigerian and the Rationality of Corruption, By Pius Adesanmi

...the most brilliant idea, the most solid willpower on their part, still depends entirely on the willingness of the president to facilitate their work with symbolism. Without symbolic acts from the president, it will be impossible to reverse the rationality of corruption. Can Nigeria overcome corruption? Will Nigeria survive corruption?…
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Columns

Asking what our country can do for us, By Tolu Ogunlesi

There are centuries’ worth of theorising on the idea and meaning and implications of a “social contract”, or “compact”; the body of rules and obligations that is supposed to bind the members of a society to one another and to the constituted authority of the land; spelling out the rights…
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Guest Columns

Buhari, Thanks For Listening to Nigerians, By Tope Fasua

Now the war against corruption has started. And it will not be fought only in the newspapers. Now, a systematic process has started. Now every public service officer must comply. And so finally, the President and Vice President have declared their assets. As I had stated many times before, I,…
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Tolu Ogunlesi

Governors in a time of austerity, By Tolu Ogunlesi

This week I promised to focus on Nigeria’s state governments, the second most powerful nodes of political power in Nigeria’s federal system, after the hugely powerful centre. It is a testament to the clout of Nigeria’s Governors that, since 1999, only one of the five men who have held presidential…
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Columns

Why We Will Be Voting on February 14, By Tolu Ogunlesi  

Let’s start with those who will not be voting in next month’s presidential elections. There will be those who have no interest, who are distressed that in 2014 the choice Nigeria is faced with is between an underachieving president and a septuagenarian former military dictator. Then there are those who…
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Columns

The case for and against President Jonathan, By Tolu Ogunlesi

Last week I promised to write about President Jonathan’s achievements. It would be silly and disingenuous to try to argue that his government has achieved nothing, or has been a total disaster, as some people have tried to insist. You will of course be familiar with most of what I’m about…
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Guest Columns

A season for changing our minds, By Tolu Ogunlesi

George Bernard Shaw it was who said: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” An apocryphal quote attributed to the economist John Maynard Keynes echoes Shaw: “When the facts change, I change my mind.” Generally, in the build-up to elections in Nigeria,…
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