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Memo To Buhari: Take A Hard Look At Nigeria’s Map, By Okey Ndibe

It may be the case that the president is incapable of broadening his horizon when he has a job to fill. In that event, it behooves those closest to him—especially the Muslims and Northerners whose counsel he is likely to listen to—to point him to higher ideals of fairness. These…
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Fayose And Nigeria’s Immunity Scandal, By Okey Ndibe

Nigeria ought to amend its constitution to adopt a much narrower immunity clause. There’s little sense in permitting a criminal, one whose record of crime is significant and provable, to continue in office, further polluting and impoverishing the public trust. Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has a solid…
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The Unbearable Cost Of Political Foolishness, By Okey Ndibe

Times are bleak in Nigeria. Yet, Nigerian senators who gathered to think about the subject of “governance accountability in Nigerian federalism” could not see beyond their noses. Their first and last order of business had to be to protect their own who may have committed grave crimes. For them, Nigerian…
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The Revolt Of Mandela’s Grandchildren, By Okey Ndibe

South Africa’s student-led struggle has a racial component, but the struggle is not reducible to race. It is a multifocal struggle in which matters of race, patriarchy, gerontocracy and other issues are under constant, often blistering, scrutiny and re-appraisal. In the lexicon of the activists, the African National Congress is…
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Nigeria’s Strange Business Of Corpses, By Okey Ndibe

I am deeply troubled that some people are quick to display the images of bloodied bodies. Perhaps the goal is to trigger moral outrage. But the unintended consequence is the debasement and cheapening of human life. The Nigerian state must retreat from the business of transforming ostensible citizens into corpses;…
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Amina, Sambisa, and the Parable of a Wobbly Nigeria, By Okey Ndibe

Mr. Buhari’s burden is to view and treat every Nigerian with the same concern and solicitude he showed to Amina. All Nigerians, not just Amina, deserve access to sound healthcare, good education, and the opportunity to realise their potential. A peculiarly Nigerian type of frenzy happened last week. The event…
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Herdsmen, Actions And Consequences, By Okey Ndibe

Clearly, some people whose job it was to protect fellow Nigerians shirked their duties. They allowed lawless herdsmen to flaunt and use guns and other deadly weapons. It is not enough to launch the kind of cynical investigation that is soon forgotten—precisely because, in Nigeria, impunity, violence and senseless death…
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A Manual For Nigeria’s Armed Robbers, Pickpockets And Small-Time Con Artists, By Okey Ndibe

My question to you, low- and medium-grade criminals, is: why aren’t you demanding to be treated as your patron demons in the political and bureaucratic classes are treated? Why is it that what’s good for the senatorial goose who’s guzzled billions of naira is not extended to the pocket-picking gander…
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