Okey Ndibe

Nigeria Has “Nakeded” Itself, By Okey Ndibe

Last week, representatives of Nigeria’s political parties and its electoral commission met in Abuja. At the end of a marathon meeting, Attahiru Jega of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that the country’s general elections would be postponed by six weeks. Trust Nigerians: reactions to the development fell along…
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Columns

Scenario Building on the Postponement of the Elections, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On Saturday, I was part of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room that met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his 12 National Commissioners. We were informed about the receipt of a letter from the security services advising that INEC postpones the general elections on the…
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Columns

The Coup Against Our Constitution, By Femi Falana

At a public lecture delivered at the Chartham House in London last month, the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki disclosed that he had "advised" the Independent National Electoral Commission to postpone the election. The reason adduced then for the unsolicited advice was that the INEC needed time to distribute…
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Okey Ndibe

The Canards of Continuity and Change, By Okey Ndibe

In less than two weeks, Nigerians will unveil a new future for themselves. Or—to be more accurate—a new future will be unfurled for us. That future will be characterized either as “Continuity” or “Change,” depending on whether President Goodluck Jonathan gains an extension of his incumbency or is upstaged—as many…
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Democracy and Governance

President Jonathan: Between Assurance and Panic, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On Saturday, President Jonathan was on a campaign tour of Maiduguri and spent three hours asking the people to vote for him. He assured the people that if elected into office for a second time, “he will conquer the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group, reclaim peace in Borno and other…
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Okey Ndibe

“Je suis Charlie” and Nigerian Envy, By Okey Ndibe

On January 7, two gunmen stormed—later identified as Islamist activists of Algerian descent—stormed the editorial headquarters of “Charlie Hebdo,” an irreverent, anti-religious weekly publication. In an attack that seemed to be over in a flash, the gunmen executed 12 people, including editor Stephane Charbonnier, several other editorial staff and two…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Nigerian Newspapers and The Loss of Corporate Social Responsibility, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

What does "corporate social responsibility" mean for a media organisation? Does it matter? What measure exists for it? Those questions raced through my mind as I saw the front pages of the Punch, the Guardian and Sun newspapers on Monday, January 19, 2015. The Sun prides itself as a tabloid,…
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Democracy and Governance

Defending Ourselves Against Atrocities, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The Boko Haram insurgency is capturing and keeping more Nigerian territory by the day and it appears to be getting stronger and stronger. This is surprising as such insurgencies normally limit their action to guerrilla hit and run tactics because in general, they should not be able to withstand a…
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