Opinion

Between the Despots in Power and the Despots In Waiting, By Chris Ngwodo

Nigerian politicians are unwilling to curb the excessive powers of the executive because they want to wield such powers themselves. In a sense, Nigerian politics is a contest between despots in power and despots in waiting. What Frantz Fanon once said of the native is also true of Nigerian elites:…
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Opinion

Aisha Buhari: The Critic In the Other Room, By Reuben Abati

Mrs. Buhari’s conduct is unusual; it is shocking in its extra-ordinariness. To put it directly, it smacks of treachery and disloyalty. But it has fetched her enormous praise. My brother and colleague, Dele Momodu, a one-time Buharist, no, in fact a Buharideen, now a thoroughly disappointed “wailing wailer” has written…
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Columns

Empowerment: Ad Hoc People, Ad Hoc Country, By Pius Adesanmi

Once the Mai Shais of Kano are done with this largesse, I hope they do not think that Ganduje owes them any responsibility for social and economic policies that could really help them. He has provided an ad hoc solution. Nigerians just like to trivialise issues unnecessarily. Frankly, it is…
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Opinion

AMCON, Ben Murray-Bruce and a Healthy Dose of Common Sense, By Simbo Olorunfemi

This is not really about Silverbird or Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, but simply about common The gang-up on AMCON either as a result of ignorance or mischief occasioned by politics is completely misguided. One wishes that AMCON had moved swiftly, in the early years, as it is doing now to take…
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Columns

Ben Murray-Bruce and the Glamour of Favour, By Pius Adesanmi

That is why your politician tars a road, digs a borehole, builds a gada or a culvert or a gutter and his aides gut the airwaves with noise demanding acknowledgement and appreciation from the people for the uncommon favour. This national mental malaise is not limited to politicians. Interactions among…
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Opinion

Senator Murray-Bruce: Purchasing Nigerian Goods to Build Nigeria, By Adewale Sogunro

Nigeria’s solution-driven initiative, “Buy Naija to Grow the Naira” comes in face of our nation’s ailing economy and plummeting global oil prices. CNN World announced that “crude prices have fallen by 75 percent, and Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, is now losing money by pumping it.” So shaky are the…
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Opinion

Buy Naija to Grow the Naira: Probably Pointless but Potentially Dangerous, By Nonso Obikili

And no, there is no country that corners its local market before going international. So the idea of producing for the local market first before heading abroad is moot. The largest firms, from KIA to Samsung to Sony to Michelin, all had to compete with foreign firms locally. After all…
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Opinion

Nigeria: Beyond Protectionism and Import Substitution, By Seun Kolade

An export-oriented economy is more ambitious and sustainable in the long term. It is, yes, more challenging, as it requires especially high levels of specialised human capital to drive innovation and change, as well as a high level of physical capital, especially in terms of energy and transportation/communication infrastructures. Yet…
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