Columns

Ekiti Electoral Corruption and Our “Baa Ko Daya” Politics, By Festus Adedayo

'Baa ko daya' is a metaphor for the kind of politics that has become the poster of the general Nigerian politics since then. It is an ascendancy of totalitarian politics, where politicians seek to have every vote through hook or crook. Vote alteration, ballot box snatching, compromise of electorate and…
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Opinion

Leadership For Freedom: Celebrating the Mandela Legacy, By Femi Badejo

I made Mandela speak to the audience through me on qualities of leadership that he espoused over time. I dwelt on his justification of Malcom X's "By Any Means Necessary". When apartheid regime met non-violent protests with the full force of the armed forces, he joined the others to form…
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Opinion

Restructuring (2): Conceptual Foundations, By Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

Genuine restructuring must start from a philosophical orientation that has for its cornerstone the autonomy and integrity of the entities that make up the pluralism of the structure to be reordered. It must take seriously the independent energies and creativities of the federating units that would yield the kind of…
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Opinion

Right Honoree, Wrong Monument, By Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

If you really want to build monuments to the man, build monuments that need no plaques on them, that cannot be toppled by future vagabond executives, that will ensure that his ideas and thoughts, ideals and principles, are shared, expounded, debated, criticised, and widely diffused through all the institutions where…
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Opinion

OOTC: Please Who ‘Spoilt’ Nigeria?, By Chude Jideonwo

The question really is simple: if our succession of leaders were so sterling, so high achieving, and so distinguished – then how exactly did our country collapse? There is something curious that you might have noticed. Something as strange as it is weird. And it should worry you. We don’t…
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Opinion

Sir Olaniwun Ajayi: Goodnight to a Moral Beacon, By Wale Adebanwi

As he departs, what can we learn from the life of this most accomplished of men? Plenty, no doubt. As members of my generation are often reminded by Sir Olaniwun’s more contentious and fervent friend and political ally of many decades, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, we must continue to have an…
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Opinion

Returning to a Parliamentary System? Haba!, By Odia Ofeimun

...rather than pursue the wispy advantages credited to the parliamentary system, the better deal is to consider how to escape its many oddities being cavalierly imported into Nigeria's presidential system. At any rate, it is not the presidential system but the unitarised federalism imposed upon the Nigerian firmament by the…
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