Opinion

Let’s Talk About Hate Speech, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...visionary leadership is needed to mediate bitterness and mis-understanding and give every section of Nigeria a sense of equal worth, not necessarily attained at the expense of others. In this enterprise, however, Nigeria has largely been The PDP governments of recent years made a mess. President Buhari promised to change…
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Opinion

Ranti Bosede Daudu, “Gimbiyan Nakasasu”: September 1962 – July 2017, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...we must acknowledge an incredible woman of rare compassion and exceptional courage who gave everything for others, even when lesser mortals would have surrendered to the untold suffering that she endured. In her death, the community of persons living with disabilities in Nigeria lost their ablest defender and In November…
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Columns

The Igbo Question: A Response to Jibrin Ibrahim, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Identity politics in Nigeria is very much alive, well and thriving. It’s an elite preoccupation. Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim is one of Nigeria’s most astute and reputable political scientists. He is a very able thought leader, civic activist and intellectual and an unlikely convert to the visceral world of Nigeria’s rent…
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Columns

Why Nigeria needs Active Alumni Networks, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

One theme that underlies and runs through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched with fanfare last week by world leaders in the United Nations is education. In Goal-4, the SDGs explicitly commit “to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” Beyond this, the attainment…
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Columns

Time To End The Excuses…. For All Forms Of Violence, BY Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Gender-based violence takes many forms. It includes domestic violence, sexual abuse and harassment, rape, incest, trafficking in women, forced prostitution, trafficking in girls, child marriage and harmful practices. These forms of violence can result in physical, sexual, mental, reproductive health and other health problems. Amidst the current security challenges that…
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Columns

Internally Displaced Persons and the 2015 General Elections, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Less than 60 days to Nigeria’s St. Valentine’s Day elections in 2015, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), confronts a major headache with the voting rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)  INEC has seemed somewhat slow to address this question because it must reconcile mutually contradictory claims of law, intuition,…
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Columns

A Safety And Security Manifesto For #Nigeria2015, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

The defence of the country and the protection of all who live in it is the primary mission public office in Nigeria.  Across political parties, politicians are auditioning for the 2015 general elections with little regard to the mood of the country. They’re carrying on as if these are normal times…
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Columns

The CBN, ATM Charges, and Regulatory Capture, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

On 13 August 2014, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued a circular announcing the “re-introduction of ‘Remote-on-Us’ ATM cash withdrawal transaction fee, which will now be 65 Naira per transaction to cover the remuneration of switches, ATM monitoring and fit-notes processing by acquiring banks.” The CBN explained that “the…
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Guest Columns

The Hippocratic Oath in Ameyo Adadevoh’s Office, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

I spoke to Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the senior Consultant Endocrinologist and Physician, who has just died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), to schedule a previously agreed medical review. It was a Saturday. We agreed that I would come in the following Monday, July 21. On 20 July, Patrick Sawyer,…
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Issues of the Day

Bamidele Francis Aturu 1964-2014, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Bamidele Francis Aturu, who died on 9 July 2014, abandoned a career in the military to train as scientist. Precluded from public service by an audacious act of objection to military dictatorship, he discovered a vocation as arguably the foremost public interest advocate of his generation in Nigeria. A lawyer…
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