Opinion

A Model Manifesto for Tackling Nigeria’s Corruption, By Onyinye Ough

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) recently presented their draft road map on fighting corruption as part of their manifesto. APC has identified some entry points for tackling corruption in Nigeria- in particular ensuring the independence of anti-corruption agencies through funding them directly from the consolidated revenue…
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Opinion

Against Dialogue with Boko Haram, By Ogaga Ifowodo

The pattern is clear. The more bloodcurdling the atrocities of Boko Haram the louder the calls for dialogue with the band of murderous psychopaths whose official name is Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad. True, there is no deranged act of murder and arson more blood-curdling than another in the unending orgy…
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Opinion

Bamidele Upfront: Centenary Heroes, Rogues and Scoundrels, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The list of centenary honorees solidifies Nigeria's longstanding reputation as the hotbed of political and economic corruption and a total lack of respect for history. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets; our dark secrets of romance with everything evil has now come to the fore. The world now knows…
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Opinion

Nigeria cannot do without the North, By Femi Aribisala

Without the North, Nigeria and Nigerians would be reduced to nonentities. In 2005, Goldman Sachs Investment Bank forecast that Nigeria will be the 20th largest economy in the world by 2025 and the 12th largest by 2050; ahead of Italy, Canada and South Korea. Having identified Brazil, Russia, India and…
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Opinion

BOKO HARAM: What Options for the Military? By Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri

What began as sectarian crises in the north eastern part of the country has gradually mutated into full-blown terrorist activities. No day passes without news of shootings, bomb blasts, gun battles between Nigeria’s security forces and members of the dreaded Islamist insurgency group, popularly known as Boko Haram, resulting in…
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Opinion

Challenge of Violent Conflict and Democratic Regression in West Africa, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week, I was in Niger attending a workshop organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development marking the take off of a research project on a perspective study on the prospects for peace and political stability in West Africa over the next three years. The research is focused on…
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