Super Eagles and Marcus the pig at the World Cup - Reuben Abati

20 June 2018
Super Eagles and Marcus the pig at the World Cup - Reuben Abati

There has been nothing in recent memory like the build up to Nigeria’s first match at the on-going 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia. Football is Nigeria’s greatest unifier:...

Where is the ‘African’ in African Studies? - Robtel Neajai Pailey

18 June 2018
Where is the ‘African’ in African Studies? - Robtel Neajai Pailey

We need to put the ‘African’ in African Studies, not as a token gesture, but as an affirmation that Africans have always produced knowledge about their continent. Last week, I...

A paradise for maggots - Festus Adedayo

17 June 2018
A paradise for maggots - Festus Adedayo

If you are a keen follower of the narratives of corruption in Nigeria in the last ten years or so, you must have encountered a book written by Oxford University...

Buhari’s dual loyalty - Shaka Momodu

17 June 2018
Buhari’s dual loyalty - Shaka Momodu

This article sets out two central developments revolving around President Muhammadu Buhari and two key figures. The first is his sudden recognition of the late MKO Abiola and the second,...

Why the bounce from declaring June 12 ‘Democracy Day’ may not last long - Jideofor Adibe

15 June 2018
Why the bounce from declaring June 12 ‘Democracy Day’ may not last long - Jideofor Adibe

Let’s give it to Buhari and his advisers. Whoever suggested making June 12 the country’s ‘Democracy Day’ (rather than May 29, which it has been until now) gave the Daura...

In this 20th year of ‘democracy’ - Edwin Madunagu

14 June 2018
In this 20th year of ‘democracy’ - Edwin Madunagu

Nigeria’s Fourth Republic, which is currently running, was born on May 29, 1999 – with Olusegun Obasanjo as inaugural executive president. A year later, on May 29, 2000, the president...

What June 12 reveals about Nigerian democracy - Femi Aribisala

13 June 2018
What June 12 reveals about Nigerian democracy - Femi Aribisala

The 1993 election was annulled because a free and fair election in Nigeria is fundamentally unacceptable to the powers-that-be in the North. Exactly 25 years ago, a landmark election was...

‘Just do good’: A June 12 story - Reuben Abati

12 June 2018
‘Just do good’: A June 12 story - Reuben Abati

I used to have a friend we called Alhaji Bashy. He was not a Muslim. No. But he called himself Alhaji Bashy, even if that was not his real name....

Buhari’s Ejigbadero tactics - Festus Adedayo

10 June 2018
Buhari’s Ejigbadero tactics - Festus Adedayo

At critical times, even the worst of governments are never in short supply of maverick game-changers who suddenly reconfigure the game in the middle of a tempest. Such persons spin...

What religion gives us (that science can’t) - Stephen T. Asma

10 June 2018
What religion gives us (that science can’t) - Stephen T. Asma

It’s a tough time to defend religion. Respect for it has diminished in almost every corner of modern life — not just among atheists and intellectuals, but among the wider...

Obasanjo, NASS members are ‘hardened criminals’ - Buhari’s aide

09 June 2018
Obasanjo, NASS members are ‘hardened criminals’ - Buhari’s aide

In 2015, Nigerians began the process of recovering their nation from the hardened criminals who hijacked Nigeria for sixteen years. With an APC majority in the National Assembly, we had...

The move of a desperate President - Umar Ardo

09 June 2018
The move of a desperate President - Umar Ardo

The desperation of President Buhari to retain power at all costs has again manifested itself in his illegal act of both changing the National Democracy Day and the investiture of...

Buhari and the June 12 saga - Reuben Abati

08 June 2018
Buhari and the June 12 saga - Reuben Abati

There are three aspects - the strategic, the political and the legal - to the Federal Government’s decision to replace May 29 with June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, and...

Madmen in authority - Harold James

08 June 2018
Madmen in authority - Harold James

In The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, John Maynard Keynes famously worried that, “Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some...

Buhari: The road not travelled - Jideofor Adibe

07 June 2018
Buhari: The road not travelled - Jideofor Adibe

This piece was inspired by a video of the Kenyan National Prayer Breakfast, which recently went viral. In that video President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga publicly offered...

Pro-Buhari solidarity indiscretion by Magu, Ali - NIG

06 June 2018
Pro-Buhari solidarity indiscretion by Magu, Ali - NIG

The recent open show of support for the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari by top officials of statutory agencies is not only distasteful, but also an unethical breach of...

Saraki: APC politics of self-destruction - Israel Ebije

06 June 2018
Saraki: APC politics of self-destruction - Israel Ebije

All Progressive Congress (APC) has always operated on a political machinery lubricated with blackmail, propaganda, which facilitated the mass appeal they got at the polls ousting Mr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.In...

The road to Babylon - Reuben Abati

05 June 2018
The road to Babylon - Reuben Abati

Nigeria is on the road to Babylon: a place of confusion. Three years ago, the people were convinced that they had found a messiah who will lead them to the...

Fighting corruption might be dangerous, but preparing a Nigerian budget is hell - Feyi Fawehinmi

04 June 2018
Fighting corruption might be dangerous, but preparing a Nigerian budget is hell - Feyi Fawehinmi

On Nov.7, Nigeria’s president Buhari presented a 2018 budget of 8.6 trillion naira ($24 billion) to the National Assembly for approval. More than six months later on May 16—a record...

Aristo and rage of the kitchen knife - Festus Adedayo

03 June 2018
Aristo and rage of the kitchen knife - Festus Adedayo

There is really a huge lure to comment on the political today. President Muhammadu Buhari has just given a national broadcast that provokes several questions; ex-Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame was,...

What artificial intelligence doesn’t understand - Danielle Allen

03 June 2018
What artificial intelligence doesn’t understand - Danielle Allen

This is speech-making season. I have found myself in front of audiences for graduations, retirements and award celebrations. All this speechifying has taught me, forcefully, the limits of machine learning...

Buhari’s three years of blood and blubbering - Yemi Adebowale

02 June 2018
Buhari’s three years of blood and blubbering - Yemi Adebowale

In this part of the world, our leaders are persistently economical with the truth. They do this with so much impunity. Being economical with the truth has also become a...

Movements of Nigeria’s ruling class - Edwin Madunagu

02 June 2018
Movements of Nigeria’s ruling class - Edwin Madunagu

To appreciate, more fully, the current wave of political re-alignments in Nigeria and be able to make informed projections, we may need to go back to the Nigerian Civil War...

Why some politicians are perceived to be more ethnic than others - Jideofor Adibe

01 June 2018
Why some politicians are perceived to be more ethnic than others - Jideofor Adibe

I was researching for the above article for my last week’s column when news filtered that Buhari had used innuendo to accept Obasanjo’s repeated challenges over his ambition to seek...

How Trump’s election shook Obama: ‘What if we were wrong?’ - Peter Baker

31 May 2018
How Trump’s election shook Obama: ‘What if we were wrong?’ - Peter Baker

Riding in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, shortly after the 2016 election, President Barack Obama was struggling to understand Donald J. Trump’s victory. “What if we were wrong?” he asked...

Yoruba traditional philosophy as espoused by late Odufowokan - Femi Odufowokan

29 May 2018
Yoruba traditional philosophy as espoused by late Odufowokan - Femi Odufowokan

Exactly five years today, 29th May 2013, my father, Mr John Abolaji Odufayo Odufowokan of Odunuga dynasty of Ijebu Land answered the call of Almighty. He died at an advanced...

If this is Buhari’s final 29 May - Sonala Olumhense

28 May 2018
If this is Buhari’s final 29 May - Sonala Olumhense

There is a strong possibility that one year ahead from this week, President Muhammadu Buhari will be at Eagle Square in Abuja looking considerably older and sadder. The presidential election...

Should Economists make moral judgments? - Jacek Rostowski

28 May 2018
Should Economists make moral judgments? - Jacek Rostowski

I recently attended a PhD seminar in labor economics at Central European University in Budapest. In it, we considered whether the Hungarian government’s scheme to focus on long-term unemployment is...

Long live Saint Sani Abacha - Festus Adedayo

27 May 2018
Long live Saint Sani Abacha - Festus Adedayo

If statistical estimation of Nigeria’s population of 60% youth is anything to go by, then a very few percentage of Nigerian youth, in their multiple of millions, witnessed the reign...

Even atheists should read the Bible - Christine Emba

27 May 2018
Even atheists should read the Bible - Christine Emba

On Wednesday, Wall Street Journal was compelled to issue an amusing, if embarrassing, correction after misquoting Israel’s prime minister the day before. “An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated...

Election 2019: Background and setting - Edwin Madunagu

26 May 2018
Election 2019: Background and setting - Edwin Madunagu

I would like to preface this piece with the following four declarations: One: My dominant interest in Election 2019 is the strengthening of the Nigerian Left in the country’s electoral...

Buhari and the guerilla band - Dare Babarinsa

26 May 2018
Buhari and the guerilla band - Dare Babarinsa

President Muhammadu Buhari would be 77 next year when he would be seeking re-election. There is no doubt that his age would be an issue in that election. Some people...

Obasanjo, Buhari and the impending political dogfight - Jideofor Adibe

25 May 2018
Obasanjo, Buhari and the impending political dogfight - Jideofor Adibe

Buhari may have finally decided to accept the challenge thrown by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Speaking while receiving members of the Buhari Support Organization led by the Comptroller-General of the...

Buhari, 2019 elections and different shades of opposition - NIG

23 May 2018
Buhari, 2019 elections and different shades of opposition - NIG

Attention of New Independence Group (NIG), a socio-economic think-tank, has been drawn to the speech made by a former President, Mr Olusegun Obasanjo, to consummate the mainstreaming of his movement-...

The impending implosion of APC - Reuben Abati

22 May 2018
The impending implosion of APC - Reuben Abati

Just take the phrase: “impending” in the title above with a pinch of salt. I use the word because in politics as in life, things happen - as seemingly absolute...

How to steal the populists’ clothes - Ngaire Woods

22 May 2018
How to steal the populists’ clothes - Ngaire Woods

“Don’t get mad, get even.” That aphorism needs to become the new norm in democratic politics across Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Rather than complaining about populist successes, established...

Liberal World Order, R.I.P. - Richard N. Haass

21 May 2018
Liberal World Order, R.I.P. - Richard N. Haass

After a run of nearly one thousand years, quipped the French philosopher and writer Voltaire, the fading Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire. Today, some...

When Ibadan interrogated Segun Adeniyi - Festus Adedayo

20 May 2018
When Ibadan interrogated Segun Adeniyi - Festus Adedayo

At a time like this when virtually everyone in Nigeria is scrambling for material survival to enable them rise above our numerous problems of existence, if you ever come across...

The task before the opposition - Jideofor Adibe

18 May 2018
The task before the opposition - Jideofor Adibe

A successful and peaceful change of the government of the day is one of the indices that a democratizing society is successfully transiting to a mature democracy. This is why...

Senate vs IGP: Time to sanction a lawless law officer - NIG

15 May 2018
Senate vs IGP: Time to sanction a lawless law officer - NIG

The stubborn refusal of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to obey summons by the Senate over widespread insecurity in the country is yet another unacceptable onslaught on decency...




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