Guest Columns

Give Us Electricity, and We’ll Build Africa, By Olusegun Obasanjo and Greg Mills

...government has a critical role to play in setting a competiveness vision, and acting on its promises by delivering the policies and hardware that enable business to compete. And that starts, in Abia’s case, with turning on the electricity. ‘Give us electricity,’ said Peter Owyia, a cobbler, and ‘I will…
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Opinion

The Role of the Church In the Fight Against Corruption In Nigeria, By Olusegun Obasanjo

While miracles, signs and wonders are the expectations of true believers, such must be based on righteousness. To preach that one can acquire wealth without labour is not only deceitful; it is a call to corruption. It is false preaching and it is sinful. We must be careful in believing…
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Guest Columns

Resurgent Biafra Agitation: Born In Error, Ignorance and Frustration, By Olusegun Obasanjo

Biafra as a secession issue is dead and nobody should follow that way. It can again only lead to disaster. But I see this resurgent Biafra agitation not for secession or creation of an independent entity from Nigeria but as a cry for attention, amelioration and improvement of socio-economic conditions…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s National Assembly: A House of Thieves and Blackmailers, By Olusegun Obasanjo

Mr. Obasanjo, former Nigerian President gave this address at the public presentation and launch of an autobiography of Justice Mustapha Akanbi, “The Story of My Two Worlds: Challenges, Experiences and Achievements” in Abuja, on November 26, 2014. PREMIUM TIMES obtained a full text of the speech today (January 12, 2016)…
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Columns

‘Two Fighting’: Olusegun Obasanjo Versus Oluwole Soyinka, By Tolu Ogunlesi

Now the guns are out and blazing again. Two of Yorubaland’s – and Africa’s – most respected sons, have been feverishly loading and firing and re-loading their guns. Obasanjo, in his latest book – a three-volume set of memoirs published late in 2014 – dismissed Soyinka as being “surely a…
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Guest Columns

Facing the Facts About African Illegal Immigration to Europe, By Olusegun Obasanjo

The sure way of prevention is the elimination of conflict and abject poverty and creation of employment in the countries where migrants originate. In the meantime, let the African Union (AU) form a bulwark to stem the spate of migrants from Africa across the Mediterranean to Europe. It can be…
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Guest Columns

TRIBUTE: The Oba Okunade Sijuwade I knew, By Olusegun Obasanjo

I do appreciate the immense pain that the unfortunate death of the Late Oba Okunade Sijuwade has caused his Oloris, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the entire people of the Kingdom of Ife in particular and Osun State in general, who must be grieving at the demise of the Oba.…
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Guest Columns

The African Scientist in a Fast-Changing World, By Olusegun Obasanjo

Thank you for inviting me to join you as we celebrate the life and times of a great African – Professor Ali Al’Amin Mazrui (24 February 1933 – 12 October 2014), my friend of long-standing with whom I shared common views on the historical roots and future of the African…
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An Appeal to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, By Gimba Kakanda

Dear Sir, I don’t know where, and how really, to begin this without coming out as yet another cultural dissident. For once, perhaps because of my recognition of your heightened illusion of patriotism, the temptation to ask an elder to shut up, is no longer resistible. I want, dear Sir,…
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