Democracy and Governance

Ending the National Conference, Equity, the Numbers and the Zones, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The National Conference is coming to an end and through it, we know at the end what we knew at the beginning. It was necessary to have the National Conference so that we can chat but that the discussions will take us nowhere. My position has always been that just…
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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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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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Democracy and Governance

Biafra, the Ostrich Mentality and Nigeria’s Tragedy, By Okey Ndibe

There is a sense in which the name of the malaise afflicting Nigeria is Biafra. I have argued before—and I must do so again—that Nigeria’s refusal to confront and address the sore of the Biafran War is the chief reason no nation has been able to materialize out of the…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Mr. Jonathan – Free The Press, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Mr. Jonathan and his government should realize that Nigerians will not be silenced, we will continue to share our stories through social media.   The government of has defaulted to pervasive use of the nation's security apparatuses to enforce Prior Restraint on the Press, members of the opposition and certain…
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