Okey Ndibe

Buhari And The Enemy Called Time, By Okey Ndibe

Last week, when he finally unveiled a partial list of his proposed cabinet, President Muhammadu Buhari also revealed—even if inadvertently—that one of his biggest enemies bears the name “Time.” It took Mr. Buhari six months after his electoral victory, four months after his inauguration, to disclose the names of those…
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Okey Ndibe

Give Us This Day Strong Institutions, By Okey Ndibe

It’s all but clear that Nigerians, including highly educated ones, won’t shake from their position that the 2015 elections come down to two parties, PDP and APC, and two men, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. Despite the dubious benefit of a six-week postponement of polls, few, if any, have taken…
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Okey Ndibe

Nigeria Has “Nakeded” Itself, By Okey Ndibe

Last week, representatives of Nigeria’s political parties and its electoral commission met in Abuja. At the end of a marathon meeting, Attahiru Jega of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that the country’s general elections would be postponed by six weeks. Trust Nigerians: reactions to the development fell along…
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Okey Ndibe

The Canards of Continuity and Change, By Okey Ndibe

In less than two weeks, Nigerians will unveil a new future for themselves. Or—to be more accurate—a new future will be unfurled for us. That future will be characterized either as “Continuity” or “Change,” depending on whether President Goodluck Jonathan gains an extension of his incumbency or is upstaged—as many…
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“Je suis Charlie” and Nigerian Envy, By Okey Ndibe

On January 7, two gunmen stormed—later identified as Islamist activists of Algerian descent—stormed the editorial headquarters of “Charlie Hebdo,” an irreverent, anti-religious weekly publication. In an attack that seemed to be over in a flash, the gunmen executed 12 people, including editor Stephane Charbonnier, several other editorial staff and two…
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Columns

Politics In A Time Of Bankruptcy, By Okey Ndibe

In many nations, whenever it is felt that hard times have befallen a people, elections represent a real opportunity for contemplating a variety of options. Voters become relatively more attuned, more sophisticated, more attentive to policy debates between candidates. Many voters jettison primitive partisanship. Instead, they leave themselves open to…
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