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Guest Columns

Rentier Welfarism: Why Nigeria’s Centre Cannot Hold, By Chris Ngwodo

...we have now reached a confluence of crisis and opportunity in which political and economic necessity are converging to make what was once thought impossible, inevitable. If Buhari commits to this course, his will go down in history as Nigeria’s most radically transformative presidency Nigeria in fifty years. This big…
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Guest Columns

Fuel Subsidy Removal: The Path of Least Resistance, By Chris Ngwodo

Having taken decisive action, Buhari and his officials must avoid spouting condescending homilies to Nigerians on perseverance and sacrifice. The subsidy on fuel is an emotive issue for good reason. In a nation marked by severe inequality and devoid of any social safety net, the subsidy represented even, if in…
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Opinion

The Nigerian Tragedy of Getting Away With Mass Murder, By Chris Ngwodo

To stem the tide of incipient anarchy, the Buhari administration must take certain decisive steps. First, President Buhari must discard his trademark stoic indifference to tragedies within his country and offer more emotionally intelligent responses to the sorrows of his A man who once wept publicly while campaigning unsuccessfully for…
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Guest Columns

Islamic Military Coalition: Nigeria’s Dangerous Liaison, By Chris Ngwodo

For ideological, historical and strategic reasons, Nigeria should not allow herself to be conscripted into the Saudi sphere of influence. Nigeria’s national security interests are best served by a measured, rather than an uncritical engagement with the Saudis. A definite priority should be strengthening cooperation with regional neighbours to adequately…
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Guest Columns

Governor Nasir El Rufai and the Contradictions of Legislating Faith, By Chris Ngwodo

Governor El Rufai is in the right battle but he is armed with the wrong weapons. Rather than a bill to regulate preaching, the Kaduna state government would be best served by enacting laws that address hate speech and incitement, hate crimes, noise pollution, and the proper use of public…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Enemies of Progress, By Chris Ngwodo

Neo-Marxist mythology defines the working class as a morally flawless category. We drape the “masses” in the robes of long-suffering sainthood and idealise their heroic unions as the forces of proletarian light ranged against the dark forces of bourgeois decadence. Achebe rejected this simplistic formulation and so should we. Nigeria’s…
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Guest Columns

Murtala Mohammed: Stormy Petrel of Nigeria’s Golden Age, By Chris Ngwodo

Significantly, Murtala achieved his makeover within six months. At a time when politicians claim that their terms are too short to make an impact, we should note that Murtala is remembered mostly for what he did within two hundred days. Leaders with conviction and who are prepared can do much…
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Guest Columns

The Age of the Shadow Economy, By Chris Ngwodo

Ultimately, we must move from mega-solutions to micro-solutions – from the ponderous and the gigantic to small, nimble, adaptable systems. We do not, for example, necessarily need a “national” power grid, when we can encourage local, communal, state and regional energy solutions. We need a shift from top-down trickle-down economics…
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