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Nigeria, the 2015 General Elections and the Rest of Us, By Joseph Amenaghawon

In February 2015, Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, will be holding its general elections to elect leaders into sub-national and national executive and legislative arms of government. Though the elections are still five months away, Nigerians have cogent reasons to be bothered about several election-related concerns. These issues include: (i)…
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When Death of Dozen Doesn’t Matter, By Jaafar Jaafar

Immediately after Lt. Felix Olanrewaju Odunlami squeezed the trigger of his service pistol, firing 9mm bullet at his target, the attention of a huge crowd of bystanders was drawn. The crowd suddenly metamorphosed into a lynch mob. One morning in July 2005, Lt. Odunlami drove through the Lagos traffic snarl…
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We Have Delivered, By Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Fellow Nigerians: 1.             Today marks the 54th anniversary of our country’s independence as a sovereign nation.  This is also the tenth month of our journey into a new century, having marked the centenary of our nation in January this year. 2.             The first one hundred years were marked by triumphs and tribulations,…
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The New Northern People’s Congress, By Remi Oyeyemi  

“Kaka ki Kiniun se akapo Ekun, kaluku a ya se ode ti e l’ototo ni.” (The Lion would rather hunt separately rather than be the bag bearer for the Tiger)               -  Chief Obafemi Awolowo at a campaign rally in Mapo Hall, Ibadan.  1983. “We planned for one transition but…
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One Scandal Begets Another in Ekiti State, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Ekiti State, the self-styled “Land of Honour,” can’t seem to do anything honourable in recent times. “Ile iyi, ile eye” or “Land of honour, land of integrity,” its moto boasts. Having coined the imperishable new phrase “stomach infrastructure” to define its loftiest vision of governance, and gone ahead to elect…
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Nigeria Must Lead To Include Justice in Post-2015 MDGs, By John Oziegbe

In the last fourteen years, Nigeria has joined the rest of the world in the pursuit of development targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Undeniably, over the years the MDGs implementation has brought about palpable progress in reducing poverty, addressing issues of women empowerment and participation in…
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Escalation of Third Party Campaigning, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Apparently, the Secretary of the Government, Anyim Pius Anyim is now my colleague in civil society. I say this because I heard my good friend Mike Omeri of the National Orientation Agency explaining on radio the other day that the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAM) are civil society activists simply…
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Nigeria’s Sobering Competitiveness Rankings, By Olu Akanmu

The debate about whether the recent World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) rankings is fair to Nigeria, whether our 120th position out of the 148 countries rated reflect our true reality is too critical to ignore. There are real dangers that rather than reflect deeply and inwardly on the…
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