Guest Columns

Freedom of Expression and the Lessons From Singapore’s POFMA, By Kirsten Han

The powers that a law like POFMA grants the authorities are extensive. In a context where people are already struggling for their civil and political rights, and where a powerful elite can assert dominance over other spaces of public thought and discourse, the impact on freedom of expression and a…
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Lessons From the African Wild Dog (Lycean Pictus), By Wole Soyinka

It has become imperative and urgent to send this message to President-General Buhari: Rein in your wild dogs of disobedience. And for a start, get a trainer to teach them some basic court manners! A few years ago, I watched the video of a pack of the famed African wild…
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Between Thuggery and State Disobedience, By Wole Soyinka

It is extremely difficult to imagine a further lowering of the bar of disdain for law than we have witnessed under the present regime. The degree of cynicism in the conduct of State Security agencies has attained a level of consistency that is surpassed by only one other previous government…
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Rediscovering Ubuntu In the Rainbow Nation, By Abdul Tejan-Cole

Unscrupulous politicians must stop blaming foreign nationals for crime, unemployment and a range of other social ills. A migrant population that is estimated at million, less than 4 per cent of the entire population of million, is not the reason why the unemployment rate has risen to 29 per cent.…
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Nigeria: A Post-Oil ‘Future’ Thats Already Here!, By Olly Owen

Planning for the future highlights that policies and institutions, plans and whole mindsets, will need to reorient in acceptance that Nigeria has already entered a post-oil present. This means that policymakers either taking positive decisions to reorient towards capturing new bases of growth, and facing the new realities of an…
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Reincarnating Abacha?: Surely, Not Again!!!, By Wole Soyinka

This is all so sadly déjà vu. How often must we go through this wearisome cycle? We underwent identical cynical contrivances under the late, unlamented Sani Abacha, when he sent storm-troopers to disrupt a planning session for a similar across-nation march at Tai Solarin School, Ikenne. Deployment of alarmist expressions…
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Can An Illiberal Political Class Usher In A Social Democracy?, By Dapo Olorunyomi

The puzzle that elects itself for insight now is what resources are available to the Nigerian political class in its current preparedness to execute a democratic project? Talking then of insights, the bottom-line Nigerian condition, ultimately boils down to the question of whether an illiberal political class can even usher…
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