Holistic Leadership – The Arduous Task of Building, By Taiwo Odukoya

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!... for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalm 133:1,3). The year was 1995, and it was the Rugby World Cup Final, the sport’s biggest game. But it was something more. It…
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Guest Columns

Nigeria 2015: a Big Lesson for the Igbo, By Chukwuemerie Uduchukwu

Saturday 28th March 2015 remains a great day in the history of Nigeria. Nigerians on that day trooped out en masse to elect a new leadership for the country. Memembers of the incoming national assembly were also elected same day. March 28 presidential election will ever remain historic because that…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s New President, Boko Haram, and Rights, By Mausi Segun

Against the odds, Nigeria has succeeded in carrying out a mostly peaceful presidential election. The campaign was marked by bitter, divisive, and sometimes hateful rhetoric which left little hope that the contest would end without violence. In elections in 2011, at least 800 people died as a result of violent…
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Columns

Election Lessons from the First Republic: It’s the Republic that Matters, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The 2015 Nigerian election is turning out to be as acrimonious, bitter and a hateful play of brinkmanship that could derail our democracy as that of 1964. It has the potential of threatening the survival of our country. As the election approaches, we need to remind ourselves on what we…
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Columns

Nigeria Decides: In these final weeks, By Tolu Ogunlesi

At a press conference last week, the Young Democratic Party (YDP), Nigeria’s newest political party – its emergence as a party based on a recent surprise ruling by an Abuja High Court – asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately reprint the ballot papers for the March 28…
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Columns

How to Lose the Presidential Elections Four Times (1), By Femi Aribisala

If one were to decode the guiding principle of Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential ambitions, it would be this: “If at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up until you have failed three more times on the trot.” Nigerians don’t want Muhammadu Buhari to be our president. We have said this repeatedly…
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Issues of the Day

Bastard Doyin Okupe and Other Jonathanian Headaches in Self-Naming, By Pius Adesanmi

What’s in a name? Nothing, says Western culture, for a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Everything, say the cultures of Africa, for every name is a messenger, running errands of family history and circumstances of birth for its bearer. That is why an African seldom jokes…
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Opinion

Billionaire House Helps, By Okey Ndibe

Nigeria’s (misnamed) Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule for the 2015 set of general “elections.” The presidential and National Assembly “elections” will be held on February 14, 2015, followed by state “elections” on February 28, 2015. I have put elections in quotes to underscore a given: the…
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