Columns

Nigeria and the American Matsuyama Mirror, By Festus Adedayo

What is most lamentable is that Nigerians do not know that, more than the sermon of Karl Maier, the Nigerian house has not only fallen, her rubbles constitute a mess to the world. We are content with the placebo that self-seeking rulers like Buhari and his predecessors administer on the…
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Opinion

The Shape of Prophecies That Won’t Come To Pass In 2020, By Banji Ojewale

...what does 2020 have for us? We have shown, through the culinary analogy, that the year has nothing to present more than what we give it. Nor can it offer what we didn’t give its predecessor. It is safe then to assert that in Nigeria of 2020, nothing will change…
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Opinion

How Does the Instability In the Middle East Affect Nigerians?, By Nimah Arigbabu

...how will this situation affect Nigerians? The answer is: We really don’t know for now. However, this is an area that will require effective diplomacy and constant management to ensure that Nigerians are safe and protected - regardless of whether we end in an actual war or not. As the…
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Opinion

‘Demilitarising’ the Civil Service As Prelude To Effective Budgeting, By Oluwadele Bolutife

...it was the short-lived late General Murtala Muhammed regime, which was considered to be a ‘benevolent dictatorship’, that nailed the coffin of whatever ‘decency and professionalism’ was left in the civil service, with its now legendary mass purging of the service. Quite unfortunate, it is this crisis that turned the…
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Opinion

The Economics of Comrade Muhammad and “Ile Arugbo”, By ‘Tope Fasua

Let Uncle Ramoni think again and make amends. Let the president think seriously of Comrade Muhammad’s agony and perhaps send him a message. That is one great PR opportunity that the president’s handlers have passed by but they are well-known for getting into roforofo fights and cursing out citizens on…
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Columns

Justice Tanko and the Bigotry of Numbers, By Majeed Dahiru

...Justice Tanko has not only crossed the dividing lines of the separation of powers by going beyond his constitutional responsibility of interpretation of the law to now suggesting how the law should be made, but he actually seeks to push the agenda of political Islam through the Muslim bigotry of…
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Columns

Democracy and African Development (2), By Rafiq Raji

In sum, democracy, while underwhelming in general on the continent thus far, has great prospects for tackling some of the widely acknowledged constraints on African development like ethnicity, nepotism, corruption and so on. The so-called “dividends of democracy” remain elusive to many Africans. As earlier highlighted, democracy engenders development by…
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Opinion

Taking Stock of Efforts to Ensure Accountability and Transparency In Nigeria, By Kole Shettima and Erin Sines

...we have been thinking about our goal and impact. As with all the Foundation’s Big Bets, we have an ambitious goal: to reduce corruption by supporting Nigerian-led efforts that strengthen accountability, transparency, and participation. We are a learning programme, situated in a learning organisation. That means that we and our…
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