Columns

The Military and Our Freedoms, By Ifeanyi Uddin

A democracy may entertain questions on how the notion of popular sovereignty may be best put to play. The range of possibilities runs from direct democracies (small communities legislating by referendums), to republics (where popular rule is exercised through representatives elected in regular polls). However, that the people rule and…
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Elections and the Abuse of the Powers of Incumbency By Jibrin Ibrahim

On Wednesday, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, issued a press statement about the case instituted by his ministry seeking to stop INEC using the permanent Voter cards (PVCs) for the forthcoming elections. It was ‘Sahara Reporters’, the online publication that blew the…
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Columns

When The Yorubas Trade Their Honour By Chief Deji Fasuan

Recent developments in the political space are contradicting some presumed norms among the Yoruba. This human specie though rooted in diplomatic garb has always refused to play the underlings. Proud of its historical and cultural background, the Yoruba though suffered many reverses during the internecine wars of pre-colonial era never…
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Guest Columns

Fani-Kayode’s Flurry Of Fictions, By Suraj Oyewale

President Goodluck Jonathan left no one in doubt about the type of campaign he wanted to run when he picked well known loose cannon with no modicum of decency, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, as his campaign spokesperson. Fani-Kayode had earlier styled himself as a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC),…
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The Ides of March: Why Military Will Annul March Election, By Adeolu Ademoyo

On February 7, 2015 seven days to the scheduled February 14 elections, the Nigerian military aborted the voting through a letter from  Sambo Dasuki NSA to INEC that they could not guarantee security during the scheduled February 14 elections. Technically, Sambo Dasuki issued a threat and a blackmail on behalf…
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Guest Columns

The Struggle for the Soul of Nigeria as Corruption fights back, By Joe Igbokwe

A friend once told me that the struggle for the soul of Nigeria is not going to be a tea party because corruption will fight back with lethal weapons that can be found anywhere.  He told me that corruption in Nigeria is a hydra-headed monster that will seek to consume…
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Guest Columns

The African Scientist in a Fast-Changing World, By Olusegun Obasanjo

Thank you for inviting me to join you as we celebrate the life and times of a great African – Professor Ali Al’Amin Mazrui (24 February 1933 – 12 October 2014), my friend of long-standing with whom I shared common views on the historical roots and future of the African…
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Nigeria, history and the clear and present danger, By Chido Onumah

These are perturbing times. On the eve of what promises to be Nigeria’s fiercest election, one that has set the country on edge, it is important that we sound alarm bells. Even though we have seen it all before – whether we are talking about the 1964/65 elections (postponed for…
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