Opinion

In Defence of Seun Onigbinde, By ‘Tope Oriola

We cannot have it both ways: Complain about ineptitude and corruption in government and yet ask our best brains not to be part of governance. My argument is that we must not sink into ecumenical pessimism because of the overarching influence of societal and organisational structure. Social structure matters but…
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Opinion

El-Rufai, Corruption and the Mask of “Competence”, By Moses E. Ochonu

If we cannot call corruption by its only name because the perpetrator is seen as being more intelligent, informed, and competent than the average politician, we are essentially creating a special coven or category for thieves who are beyond reproach and cannot be held accountable. So, per , Nasir el-Rufai,…
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Opinion

Achieving Sustainable Reform: A CSO Collaborative Approach, By Stanley Achonu

...in the name of democracy, there can be no enemies when the goal is reform. If we must name one, then our collective enemy in the struggle for a better life for our fellow citizens should be: institutional opacity. ‘It is that tangible leap from saying “this is the problem”…
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Columns

Iyalaya Anybody: Pencils, Nigerian Innovation, and Africa’s Path in the 21st Century, By Pius Adesanmi

You must excuse the obscenity, “iyalaya anybody”, in my title. When you invite a well-known scholar of African popular cultures to address such a distinguished assembly of actors and professionals in Nigeria’s corporate and entrepreneurial world, you must be prepared to be illuminated by the philosophical nuggets always hidden in…
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