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Buhari’s Unsexy Task, By Okey Ndibe

Mr. Buhari’s challenge is to outline his policies for getting the economy out of its current (and bound to worsen) quagmire, fixing the broken educational system, establishing a semblance of a healthcare system, improving infrastructure, and reforming law enforcement, the judiciary and other institutions. It’s not a sexy task, and…
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The War Begging Buhari’s Attention, By Okey Ndibe

One task that Mr. Buhari should undertake is the reform of the Nigerian judiciary. Except in cases involving destitute defendants, who are often railroaded to jail, even when innocent, Nigerian courts have no track record for expeditious trials. Numerous cases filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) five…
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Emperor Buhari, Or Plain Poor Communicator?, By Okey Ndibe

The one thing the president—or the executive arm of government—shouldn’t do is to hijack the function of the court. Nor should the president and his cohorts be at liberty to decide which verdicts he would obey, and which disregard. Such arbitrariness in deferring to the judiciary is the worst example…
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Igwe Osita Agwuna III: Time We Honoured Greatness, By Okey Ndibe

In a country where history was taken seriously, Igwe Agwuna III would take his worthy place as a national hero. For, he played a major role—as a veritable member of the Zikist Movement—in the struggle by Nigerians to rid themselves of the formal yoke of British colonial domination. The fact…
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Where The Heck Is The Money?, By Okey Ndibe

Nigeria’s is a fascinating story of a corrupt country without a single corrupt person. In late September 2006, Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told Nigerian senators that the agency had dossiers implicating numerous top political officials in 31 out of Nigeria’s 36…
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Praying For Diezani And The Rest Of Us, By Okey Ndibe

I’m praying that Diezani Alison-Madueke beats cancer. After that, she must answer any legitimate question about her management of Nigeria’s oil resources. And I’d hope to count her as a voice advocating people-oriented policies, including sound healthcare, on behalf of Nigeria’s long-suffering millions. Had ISIS not shocked the world by…
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Chuma Nwokolo’s Great Game Against Corruption, By Okey Ndibe

It is saddening, even if hardly surprising, that Chuma’s proposal has had little traction at the National Assembly. Yet, should there be lawmakers willing to instigate a frontal assault on the dragon called corruption, the adoption and formal introduction of Chuma’s bill should serve as the perfect starting point. The…
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Modest Proposals On Corruption, By Okey Ndibe

Mr. Buhari would have a lasting impact as a crusader against corruption by pushing for systemic changes. For one, he should initiate the political and legal process to end the vector of corruption that’s called security vote. Each month, certain government officials, including the president and governors, receive millions of…
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