Guest Columns

#BabaNowThatYouAreThere: Introducing the Buharimeter (www.buharimeter.ng), By Catherine Kyenret Angai

Elections on their own do not guarantee good governance. We often forget this truth. But democracy without good governance is effectively meaningless. The role of citizens as the ultimate sovereigns does not end with the electoral process. It actually extends to their capacity to be part of the governance process…
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Opinion

How to Rig An Election Akwa Ibom Style, By Moniker Adetutu Williams

In a country ridden with insecurity from a terrorist group in the North, eight people getting killed and over 30 cases of severely injured people will definitely not get any media attention. From the gubernatorial elections that took place on April 11, 2015, it was obvious there was a systemic…
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Columns

Nigeria Undergoes Second Peer Review, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The validation meeting emphasised that it is imperative that Nigeria consolidates its efforts towards: diversification of the economy to reduce the impact of external shocks, encourage private sector-led development, improve infrastructure to create a conducive environment for business development, reduce youth unemployment, right-size and transform the civil-service and combat corruption…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Attahiru Jega – Defender of Our Democracy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Prof. Jega understood the burden of his appointment, his fiduciary responsibilities and the enormity of his tasks, very the politicians could realise what they signed on to, a more credible voters register was in place and the card reader was already adopted. Nigeria’s democracy is still very young, our politics…
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Guest Columns

The Teachable Lessons of the March 28 Nigerian Presidential Election, By Adewale Ajadi

Across the world in the past few hours, there has been quite unyielding focus on the result and lessons of the Nigerian Presidential elections. If you do not know that in Nigeria we have a President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.), I welcome you back to earth. While you were away…
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Editorial

EDITORIAL: Nigeria’s 2015 Historic Presidential Election and the Tasks Ahead

Nigeria’s 28th March, 2015, Presidential election was, perhaps, one of the most bitterly fought in the annals of the country’s electoral history. The election occurred after a controversial six-week postponement following insistence by security agencies that it should be pushed forward for them to accelerate the battle against the insurgency in…
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On the Verge of a New Dispensation, By Pastor Taiwo Odukoya

Nigeria is at the verge of a new political dispensation. Indeed, the times are proving to be interesting and particularly instructive. For one, never in the history of this nation have the citizens been so interested in the electoral process. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as well as the…
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Guest Columns

Beyond 2015 General Elections: Delivering Election Promises, By Femi Falana

Introduction The topic of our discourse is anchored on three related assumptions. First, that the rescheduled elections will not be further shifted for security reasons. Second, that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be allowed to conduct the general election without interference. Third, that the successful conclusion of the…
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Guest Columns

The 2014 National Conference: Looking Back and Looking Forward, By Odia Ofeimun

I have written two books in the past decade, Taking Nigeria Seriously, and the other, This Conference Must Be Different, in which I anticipated the conference and have sought to approximate an old, quite ancient, spirit of advocacy and to merge it with modern projects of which the 2014 Conference…
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Opinion

Reflections on Guinea’s Roller Coaster Transition, By Mathias Hounkpe

When Guinea’s Supreme Court announced the final results of the legislative elections on November 15, 2013, Guineans finally, and quite understandably, breathed a massive sigh of relief. This long-awaited sense of reprieve came after elections took place on September 28th, following numerous postponements, nearly three years of political and social…
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