Guest Columns

Elections as Military Operations, By Ogaga Ifowodo

By all sober reckoning, Professor Attahiru Jega has done quite well in his last two outings as Nigeria’s chief electoral officer and, so, democracy’s chief midwife in our turbulent turbulent country. If Ekiti broke the hearts of progressives, of those who believe that “man does not live alone by bread”…
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Brechtian Thoughts on Political Cluelessness, By Obo Effanga

“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participate in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political…
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Teacher’s Plight Under Akpabio’s “Uncommon Transformation,” By Inibehe Effiong

If there is a class of civil servants in Akwa Ibom State that have been perennially marginalized, deeply stigmatized and greatly insulted, it is teachers in the about 1110 public primary schools in the state. Their story is a tragic reminder of the agonizing era of slavery when slave-workers who…
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At Last, A Template For The Anti-Corruption Movement, By Abdul Tejan-Cole

Each year, international anti-corruption day precedes human rights day, but in all other ways, the developing struggle against corruption follows the path laid by the human rights movement. In his seminal work, Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa, Dr. Kolawole Olaniyan argues convincingly that anticorruption efforts would be best progressed…
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National Conference: They Dared, They Failed, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is shocking that they dared to end the National Conference on the note of tenure elongation. It is good for Nigeria’s political future that they failed. Delegates were surprised on the resumption of the Conference last Monday to see in their package a brand new 2014 Draft Constitution they…
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Leaders Worthy In Character and In Learning, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Part of the mystique of the events leading up to and succeeding the annulled presidential elections held June 12 1993, was the unusual succession of moments of truth associated with the people, processes, and events involved with that now infamous episode in our annals. My favourite such moment occurred during…
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