Bámidélé Upfront

Voter Suppression through Permanent Voter’s Card, By Bamidele Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Permanent Voter's Card (PVC) is a solution in search of a problem. We must admit that there is a systematic attack on voting rights in Nigeria. The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is making it harder for people to vote with their vanishing PVC's. They came out ill-prepared despite having…
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Aribisala on Tuesday

Who is Afraid of Goodluck Jonathan? (1), By Femi Aribisala

Some people say Goodluck Jonathan is “clueless.”  They would also have us believe he is a weak president.  If so, how come his opponents are greatly afraid of him?  People are not inclined to fear weaklings.  Therefore it is telling that Goodluck Jonathan must be the most feared Head of…
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Making Sense of Our New Policy Direction, By Ifeanyi Uddin

The central bank's (CBN) rate-setting committee, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), ended its November meeting (last week) with arguably the boldest steps it has taken of late. While the decision to move the mid-point of the naira from the fictional position (N155/US$1) it has been held at by the CBN…
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Femi Fani-Kayode

Gator Meat, Negroes and the Stench Of Ferguson, By Femi Fani-Kayode

The decision by a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict police officer Daren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, a young black man, has caused quite a stir. It has not only sparked off a vicious cycle of violence in Ferguson itself coupled with protests all over…
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Democracy and Governance

Governor Fashola’s call for amendment of Judges appointment procedure, By Jiti Ogunye

At the recent swearing in of newly appointed Judges in Lagos State, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN advocated for the amendment of the provisions governing the appointment of state judges to enable the States in the Federation to be the chief determiner of the number of…
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Hussaina Audu

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, By Hussaina Audu

Two events this week formulated my train of thought for this piece. First of all, on Wednesday, the Federal Executive Council approved the sum of billion for the purchase of cooking stoves and wonder bags under the National Clean Cooking Scheme. Never mind that before Wednesday, we had not heard…
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Jibrin Ibrahim

Political Science and the Sickness of the Nigerian State, By Jibrin Ibrahim,

The state of the Nigerian State is serious and each day we appear to be sinking deeper into the abyss. There is mounting evidence that we are not being governed and the traditional task of running the State is not a priority concern for the ruling class. Indeed, strictly speaking,…
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Article of Faith

Article of Faith: Double minded Paul, By Femi Aribisala

Jesus says: “Beware of these Pharisees and the way they pretend to be good when they aren't. But such hypocrisy cannot be hidden forever. It will become as evident as yeast in dough.” (Luke 12:1-2). Paul remained a Pharisee even after his conversion to Christianity. He declared to the Sanhedrin:…
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