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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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

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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Columns

Nigeria’s foreign policy requires new approach, By Tolu Ogunlesi

This morning in Dakar, Senegal, an International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa kicks off, as a follow-up to an earlier one (December 2013) convened by the French government in Paris, which brought together African Heads of State and governments and six international organisations (United Nations, African Union, European…
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