Columns

Xenophobia, Economic Downturns, and Social Envy, By Uddin Ifeanyi

If we judge the rectitude of policies by their outcomes and not by how well-intended they were, there is no doubt that the ZANU-PF’s command-and-control policies ruined that beautiful country. Context, then, within which to appraise the decision by the ruling All Progressives Congress in Nigeria that the solution to…
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Opinion

Buhari’s Second Term Plot Worse Than Truncation of June 12, By SKC Ogbonnia

...Buhari’s bid for a second term in office at this stage of national development portends long-term consequences worse than the annulment of June 12 election of 1993 won by Abiola, an injustice the state under Buhari is trying so hard to atone for. The title of this statement is definitely…
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Columns

2017: Unforgettable Moments of Bizarre Leadership, By Azu Ishiekwene

Perhaps the real disappointment for me is that in a year when the video of Bukar Abba Ibrahim having a threesome proved the prowess of the 67-year-old senator and former governor beyond a doubt, Okorocha appointed a commissioner with far less requisite experience for his new Happiness ministry. Isn’t there…
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Columns

Zimbabwe Going the Way of Guinea Bissau, By Owei Lakemfa

Zimbabwe, with the possibility of future splits within the military and endless rivalry for power, may go the way of Guinea Bissau. A liberation party like Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF can develop with internal debates and critical self-examination. However, when some members reach out for guns and point them at others, debates…
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Columns

African Dictatorship and the Coup that Claimed It Wasn’t, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The coup that ended the 37-year dictatorship of Robert Mugabe had to claim that it was not a coup. The reason was simple; it is very difficult to justify a coup in contemporary Africa for the simple reason that all our regional institutions and the international community have zero tolerance…
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Columns

On Zimbabwe: Pro-Democracy, Or Pro-Coup?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Despite the blowback, then, I do not think Mugabe’s Zimbabwe was a democracy. Thus, it failed the test implied in the argument that the worst kind of democracy is better than best type of military rule. For the point this argument makes is that military rule, authoritarian or dictatorial, robs…
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