Guest Columns

Are our Corporate Governance Standards High Enough? By Soji Apampa

Corporate governance is at the heart of how businesses are run. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperative Development (OECD), “corporate governance involves a set of relationships between a company’s management, its boards, its shareholders and other stakeholders”. Corporate governance, broadly speaking, includes board efficiency, transparency, reporting requirements, investor communications…
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Guest Columns

Fiscal Federalism in the Nigerian Debate, By Kayode Oladele

Federal systems emerge in two broad ways both of which have epochal implications for development. First are the coming-together federal systems. Second are the holding-together systems. The first is voluntary and often a response to certain socio-economic or political needs and or challenges facing the component units at a particular…
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Democracy and Governance

Nigeria and Biafra’s Wasted Memory, By Okey Ndibe

Much is often made of the hundreds of billions of dollars that Nigeria has frittered away since huge deposits of crude oil were discovered within its boundaries. A contemptible, uncreative elite, its obsession with conspicuous consumption matched by its inability to produce anything of value, has overseen Nigeria’s obscene, record-setting…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Emir Sanusi, This Is How You Can Help The North, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

This is a memo to HRH Lamido Sanusi on the brass tasks ahead. Your Majesty, I wish to congratulate you on ascending the throne of your forefathers. Long may you reign in peace. Sir, you have proved your impressive intellectual and political stamina, it is time for you to leave…
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Guest Columns

Why Sri Lanka is No Model for Nigeria, By Andrew Stroehlein

To crush Boko Haram insurgents, Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters last week declared it would employ the “Sri Lankan method.” It’s hard to imagine a worse idea. Boko Haram’s brutal campaign in northern Nigeria demands urgent action to protect the civilian population. The militant Islamist group’s atrocities have killed thousands and forced hundreds of thousands to flee…
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Democracy and Governance

Sanusi II and the Prospects of Radical Emirship, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I start my column today with an apology to my teacher and mentor, Prof A. D. Yahaya who taught me that the idea of radicalism and emirship are completely antithetical. The Northern Aristocracy, he taught us, were incorporated into the British system of Native Administration to oppress the people as…
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