Columns

Nigeria: 2017 Trend Analysis and the Contours of Inertia, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The most frightening trend for 2017 is the return of hunger and malnutrition to Nigeria. In 2016, we observed the growth of starvation in the North-East due to the Boko Haram insurgency. The dollar crisis has increased the annual trend of buying up food from farmers at harvest and exporting…
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Guest Columns

The Ring-Bearer’s Dilemma, By Chris Ngwodo

Restructuring is the next phase of our democratic evolution. The challenge is for elites to moderate these processes with reason and smart policies rather than resort to brute force. The latter approach will only further radicalise discontent, and cede the conversation to extremists, with apocalyptic The hope is that the…
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Guest Columns

Besides the Poisoned Chalice of Crude Oil, Is There Much Else That Holds Us Together In Nigeria?, By Victor Oladokun

In the weeks, leading up to the just concluded Nigerian Presidential elections, I recall having breakfast at the Sheraton hotel in Abuja with a very senior Fulani member of the APC. To my mind, he is cerebrally brilliant, highly knowledgeable, tactical, very influential, and at the core of Buhari's inner…
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Opinion

Dear Zahra Buhari, Help The Youths Deliver This Message To Your Father, By Ephraim Adiele

In case he doesn’t know, the youths do not give a hoot about APC or PDP. We just want a working Nigeria. If he cannot give us that, we are willing and able to run a “parallel government” for only young people, since they have forgotten that we are the…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Change and Saraki’s Hail Mary Strategy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

This change means that we the people want the rules to apply. This change was deliberate. It occurred through elections. It happened because we have come to the knowledge of our power. We elected Buhari to make fundamental changes to our polity. We elected him to take a systemic break…
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Aribisala on Tuesday

Does Our President-Elect Intend To Keep His Word?, By Femi Aribisala

Buhari asked for the vote and got the vote. But now that the election has been won, it is excuses galore! During the presidential election campaign, General Buhari observed in his “Manifesto and Vision for Nigeria” that: “The general trust level of politics, politicians and political leaders is at an…
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Aribisala on Tuesday

Fighting Corruption With Corruption, By Femi Aribisala

APC corruption means the president-elect has no anti-corruption platform. One of the myths about the 2015 presidential election is that it was a vote against corruption. Buhari and the APC did a good job of singing the anti-corruption mantra all over the country, and they gave everyone the impression that…
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