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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Guest Columns

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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Guest Columns

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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Guest Columns

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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Issues of the Day

Orangutans, Meerkats, and Marilyn Ogar’s Carrot, By Pius Adesanmi

I have good news for Ms. Marilyn Ogar, spokesperson for the Department of State Services (DSS) and unworthy aspirant to the unfilled shoes of Alozie Ogugbuaja in the annals of Force public relations in Nigeria. Contrary to the harsh judgment of her performance in a recent Channels Television interview by…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Nigerians And The Five Basic Laws Of Human Stupidity, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Merriam Webster dictionary defines stupidity as: “behavior that shows a lack of good sense or judgment” or “the quality of being stupid or unintelligent.” Given this definition, what adjective qualifies a population of 170 million people who routinely elect thieves and morons? How do we describe a people who elevate…
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