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Arresting People and Demonstrating On Television Will Not Fight Corruption, By Goodluck Jonathan

Today, I am going to address only a segment of the Nigerian population. I am going to address the people who are voting for the first time, those of you who will attain 18 years this year. That means I am addressing the young people. I do not want to…
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Nigeria’s Season of Political Voltrons, By Gimba Kakanda   

I always feel my age telling on me whenever I had to explain what Voltron is, what it was to us as kids in the second half of the 1980s and the early 1990s, to my younger friends. Voltron, which has now become an everyday lexicon in Nigeria’s social media communication, now used to mean an “uncritical defender”, was a “character” – a giant robot piloted by…
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Corruption, A State Policy Under IBB, By Femi Falana  

In a recent interview with the EFCC "Zero Tolerance" magazine, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) denied his involvement in the looting spree that characterized his 8-year misrule. Unfortunately for the former dictator, he ended up confirming himself as an embodiment of official corruption. For instance, when asked to justify the enormous…
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Fr Mbaka and the Prophetic Voice in Nigerian Politics, By Stan Chu Ilo

That Fr Mbaka’s New Year Oracle against President Goodluck’s bid for a Second term has attracted so much national interest reveals the far reaches of the influence of this richly blessed and gifted man of God. It is also significant that the two most senior Catholic clerics in Nigeria—our beloved…
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How Jonathan Killed His Good luck, By Adekoya Boladale

With a tension soaked atmosphere, the Nigeria general election hits a countdown of days as various political parties and contenders continue to rally round for the sympathy and votes of the electorates.  Apart from the federating states with rainbow like contending parties, the presidential election which seems to have gained more international interest and…
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Corruption Is The Big Issue Of This Election! By Austyn Ogannah  

It is obvious that Nigeria as a nation has been going through very rough times in the last three decades due to poor leadership and corruption. The situation has now reached dangerous and frustrating levels and must be tamed before any government can deliver the basics of governance to its…
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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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Oops, President Misses the Murtala Moment! By Garba Shehu

The shocking abstention by Nigeria at the United Nations Security Council, on the question of whether Palestine should be free within a timeline of three years marks a major reversal in our foreign policy tradition.  For the President, Dr Jonathan Goodluck, it was far more disastrous, leading to the loss…
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