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Buhari and the Syndrome of Sameness, By Okey Ndibe

It’s so disheartening, this seeming relapse into political timidity, moral compromise, the syndrome of sameness. Yet, I have the sneaking feeling that this serves us right, a welcome price for our national habit of believing that it’s up to God or some vaunted strong man to solve all our problems—while…
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Buhari And The Enemy Called Time, By Okey Ndibe

Last week, when he finally unveiled a partial list of his proposed cabinet, President Muhammadu Buhari also revealed—even if inadvertently—that one of his biggest enemies bears the name “Time.” It took Mr. Buhari six months after his electoral victory, four months after his inauguration, to disclose the names of those…
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The Aches and Pains of Explaining Nigeria, By Okey Ndibe

One of the burdens of being a longtime commentator on issues Nigeriana is that people frequently search me out, via email, text messages, and phone calls to ask questions about Nigeria. These questions come from Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike. For me, what’s fascinating is not that so many people feel…
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What Somaliland Taught Me, By Okey Ndibe

Still, Hargeysa was an infectiously upbeat place. Somalilanders impressed me with their ready smiles, their generous laughter, and their habitual extension of handshakes. They came out in such number at the festival because, deep down—even instinctively—they recognised the tremendous reach and power of culture. They knew that culture not only…
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Whispers Of Our President From Washington, By Okey Ndibe

It is wonderful that President Buhari wants Americans and the world to know that he’s serious about changing the way business was done in his country. But Nigerians, not Americans, elected him into office. It is to Nigerians, not Americans, that he must first sell his agenda. There’s something awry…
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