Bámidélé Upfront

Jonathan, His $1billion Boko Haram Loan, And 2015 Election, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

There comes another request for loan designed to immiserate the country more than ever before and for nothing but the injurious pleasure of winning an election at all cost. Boko Haram can make a bomb out of anything, but the bomb Mr. Jonathan makes on paper since he became President…
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Democracy and Governance

Bishop Kukah’s Grave Misreading, By Okey Ndibe

Last week, as part of festivities celebrating the 80th birthday of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto delivered a lecture titled “Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Genius and Prophetic Outrage”. It was a remarkable lecture in several ways, including its sweep, its blend…
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Democracy and Governance

The American View and the Nigerian Crisis, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I spent last week in Washington, DC discussing the Nigerian crisis with various American institutions. The Nigerian “issue” has been escalated in the American system over the past few months. Indeed, a new Nigerian division has just been opened in the State Department. Nigeria used to be part of West…
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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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