Guest Columns

End the Pretence, Declare Nigeria a Unitary State! By Ogaga Ifowodo

The Vanguard of Monday, 14 July 2014 carried three full page advertorials on one issue: the impasse at the National Conference over a proper derivation formula. The Committee on Devolution of Powers, whose report was the last to be debated at plenary, had recommended retaining the 13% in General Abacha’s…
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Garba Shehu

NBC’S Worrisome Fatwas, By Garba Shehu

One of the greatest achievements of the military in Nigeria, the liberalization of the airwaves through the issuance of licenses to independent broadcasters is under threat. The threat is from the increasing politicization of the regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC. Tragically, for Nigeria, it is an elected, “democratic” government…
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Issues of the Day

Looking Back at the NBA Elections 2014, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

In the run in to the elections into national offices in the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in July 2012, a serving State Governor approached a group of trusted senior lawyers with a question: who in the among the contenders did they think he and his party could support? Asked why…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Jonathan, His $1billion Boko Haram Loan, And 2015 Election, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

There comes another request for loan designed to immiserate the country more than ever before and for nothing but the injurious pleasure of winning an election at all cost. Boko Haram can make a bomb out of anything, but the bomb Mr. Jonathan makes on paper since he became President…
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Democracy and Governance

Bishop Kukah’s Grave Misreading, By Okey Ndibe

Last week, as part of festivities celebrating the 80th birthday of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto delivered a lecture titled “Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Genius and Prophetic Outrage”. It was a remarkable lecture in several ways, including its sweep, its blend…
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Guest Columns

TRIBUTE: Bamidele Aturu: Painful Exit Of The People’s Lawyer, By Akintunde Akanni

Bamidele Aturu’s path first crossed mine at the Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, in the mid 1990s where I shared the same office with his bosom friend, Omolade Adunbi, now a teacher of anthropology at the University of Michigan. Such was his consistent warm disposition and large-heartedness to people that BF…
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Democracy and Governance

The American View and the Nigerian Crisis, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I spent last week in Washington, DC discussing the Nigerian crisis with various American institutions. The Nigerian “issue” has been escalated in the American system over the past few months. Indeed, a new Nigerian division has just been opened in the State Department. Nigeria used to be part of West…
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