Columns

A Speech the President Didn’t Make on Democracy Day By Majeed Dahiru

The much anticipated national celebration of June 12 as democracy day came by as an anti-climax for many. The failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to speak as much as a word to Nigerians on May 29, when he was inaugurated for a second term of four years, the forthcoming re-designated…
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Columns

Obasanjo: Wages of the Old Soldier’s Rage, By Azu Ishiekwene

What motivates him: Patriotism, egotism, narcissism, exceptionalism, or just what? In his current article entitled, “Akande: The last of Awo’s cavalrymen,” one of Nigeria’s clearest-thinking columnists, Louis Odion, describes Obasanjo as “an eternal narcissist”, one who “rarely acknowledges good in any human being other than himself.” At this rate, President…
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Columns

The Igbo Question: Chidi Odinkalu’s Attempt at Political Demolition, By Jibrin Ibrahim

My column of last Monday on the “Igbo Question” has elicited very many responses, some negative and others positive, and that’s as it should be for such a topic that evokes strong emotive reactions from Nigerians. My objective was to provoke a discussion on how to discuss and hopefully address the…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Skewed Federalism, By Tony Osborg

The trouble with Nigeria is not squarely a problem of leadership but a problem of the structure of our federalism. The structure of Nigeria’s federalism is not only faulty but equally breeds corruption, abnormality, underdevelopment and unproductivity. The skewed system of Nigeria’s federalism corrupts good leaders, both young and old.…
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Guest Columns

The Phones No Longer Ring, By Reuben Abati

As spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan, my phones rang endlessly and became more than personal navigators within the social space. They defined my entire life; dusk to dawn, all year-round. The phones buzzed non-stop, my email was permanently active; my twitter account received tons of messages per second.  The worst…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Thieving Nigerian Elite and Their Brats, By ‎Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

As I made my way into the cabin, I saw him and his sister both seated in business class. He, about 3 years old and his sister looking every inch a 5 year old. Their mum sat on the same row. Her clothes were ill fitting, eyebrow conspicuously penciled With…
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