21 November 2017
Go, Mugabe, go - Reuben Abati  

Since August, I have been the anchorperson of a programme on television called ThisDay Live where we discuss political matters - local and global. The programme is available on Arise...

20 November 2017
Democracy beyond the Nation-State - Kemal Dervis

According to the Harvard economist Dani Rodrik, it is impossible to have full national sovereignty, democracy, and globalization simultaneously. The concept of a “political trilemma of the world economy,” which...

19 November 2017
The Tithe: No controversy - Oluwamuyiwa Okuseinde

Since the hoopla about tithing surfaced, many who know my teachings on the subject in the last one decade or so have requested my opinion on the matter. My usual...

19 November 2017
Wise men still come from the East - Femi Adesina

At his incarnation, wise men gifted in astronomy came from the East, all the way to Bethlehem, in the south of Jerusalem, to worship Jesus Christ. They are today known...

17 November 2017
The method in el-Rufai’s madness - Olusegun Adeniyi

At an “Education for all is responsibility of all” summit on 14th February 2013, the then Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Usman Mohammed shocked his audience by disclosing that...

16 November 2017
Buhari’s visit to the Southeast - Jideofor Adibe   

Buhari’s two- day visit to the South-east is a proof - if one is still needed- that the race for 2019 has begun in all earnest and that he will...

16 November 2017
One hero and a media in winter - Dare Babarinsa

Dapo Olorunyomi, who turned 60 last week, is a giant who bestrides two worlds. He was one of the heroes who led the troops in the war against dictatorship of...

15 November 2017
Looking back: 40 years ago - Edwin Madunagu

Late in the evening of August 6, 1977, eight Nigerian socialists, resident in Calabar, met in that city and formed the Calabar Group of Socialists (CGS). Calabar was then the...

15 November 2017
Versions of nihilism, Jihadism and far-right fanaticism viewed as responses to the same malaise

The similarities between different schools of terrorismIs it correct to find parallels between violent white supremacism and neo-Nazism on one hand, and the nihilist fury of ultra-militant Islam on the...

14 November 2017
The worst of times, the best of times - Reuben Abati  

“I just love this country, I won’t lie”“What have you seen again that has suddenly turned you into a gushing patriot?”“I mean, just look around, in spite of everything, Nigerians...

12 November 2017
An afternoon with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan - Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, after my chance meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari last week at the Presidential Villa, it was the turn of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, two days ago, on...

12 November 2017
Aliyu @62: Beyond political statistics - Israel A. Ebije

Politics in Nigeria has become a tournament of race horses where the game is on the side of brute speed and not administrative wit. Politicians come with quick fix templates...

12 November 2017
Living, loving and dying in Church - Stephen A. Curry

It’s important to know that in Wilson County in Texas, site of the horrific shooting that killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church on Sunday, life revolves around the...

09 November 2017
Don’t marry him...  He’s 50 years old - Nkem Ndem

On the first day of November every year, my mother calls to remind me that my birthday is just 9 days away. I don’t know why she does it, but...

08 November 2017
Buhari and the allegation of Northernization - Reuben Abati  

Perhaps the biggest news this week so far, has been the attempt by the Presidency to debunk the allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari has been kinder to Northerners and Muslims...

07 November 2017
Recalling the Russian Revolution - Edwin Madunagu  

The aim of this condensed article is not to invite readers to join me in remembering the late Soviet Union. Rather, the aim is to recall the thunderous birth, a...

07 November 2017
What If the Russian Revolution had never happened? - Simon Sebag Montefiore

The October Revolution, organized by Vladimir Lenin exactly a century ago, is still relevant today in ways that would have seemed unimaginable when Soviet Communism collapsed. Marxist-Leninism (albeit in the...

05 November 2017
Buhari, slow, just like the mills of the gods - Femi Adesina

There is a saying bequeathed to mankind by the Greek physician/philosopher, Sextus Empiricus, who lived in Alexandria and Athens in the 3rd Century. It goes thus: "The mills of the...

04 November 2017
Between kneegate and Mainagate - Kayode Samuel

I will never really understanding the kinds of things that some white folk choose to occupy themselves with. So, Britain's Defence Minister resigned because he touched a woman's knee fourteen...

03 November 2017
Buhari and his unfaithful mistress - Dare Babarinsa

Absolute power loves to come in the benign habiliment of profound understatement. When General Yakubu Gowon came to power after the coup of July 29, 1966, he was called the...

03 November 2017
Buhari, 2019 and the Talking Drum - Olusegun Adeniyi

One of the most astounding works of Art from Africa is the Yoruba talking drum. It is an hourglass-shaped wood with an inner cavity, covered on both ends by goat...

01 November 2017
Worse than corruption - Moses Ochonu

Buharists are always asking us to applaud the president for every little tokenist and symbolic gesture even when such a gesture is late, ineffectual, and compelled by public pressure. It's...

31 October 2017
The monkey business they call governance - Reuben Abati

“Have you gone to visit your brother in Ekiti?”“Who is that? I have many brothers from Ekiti state”“The Governor. Osokomole himself, ekun oko oke, the dainty irunmole who eats jollof...

30 October 2017
Aso Rock Villa and Maina’s maggots - Festus Adedayo

In recent times, there have been serious artillery bombardments of the two-prong pedigree upon which the Muhammadu Buhari government rode into the hearts of Nigerians and into power. Buhari stood...

30 October 2017
European populism is here to stay - Matthew Goodwin

Yet another European country has swung to the right. Nearly 58 percent of Austrian voters cast ballots penultimate Sunday for the center-right People’s Party or the far-right Freedom Party. It...

29 October 2017
Hameed Ali and the ‘derailed change agenda’ - Kayode Samuel

Obviously flush from his uniform squabbles with the Senate, Customs boss Hameed Ali has now taken up the job of rescuing whatever remains of the legacy of the Change campaign....

29 October 2017
MainaGate and a Presidency working at cross purposes - Jibrin Ibrahim

My good friend Garba Shehu made what would have been the joke of the year on Wednesday but the theme was too serious to be funny. He blamed the Goodluck...

29 October 2017
Those books in Governor Ikpeazu’s boot - Enyinnaya Appolos

If you have ever had the opportunity of seeing the trunk of Govenror Okezie Ikpeazu’s staff car, or even his spare car, and see the books in there, you would...

28 October 2017
Catalonia has always been distinct. Why is it part of Spain? - Max Bearak

To understand how Catalan people see themselves as distinct, a word from their language is instructive: seny.It is an adjective used to convey a supposedly unique Catalan sensibility: pragmatic, level-headed,...

28 October 2017
As the Chinese story continues to unfold... - Kayode Samuel

The only shop I'd ever been to anywhere in the world where the shop assistant did not seem impressed by the sight of dollar bills was in the eastern Chinese...

27 October 2017
Southern governors and the demand for ‘True Federalism’ - Jideofor Adibe

The recent report of a meeting of the Governors from 16 of the 17 States in the Southern part of the country has a lot of significance, especially as scheming...

25 October 2017
The Maina mania - Kayode Samuel

Stranger things have been known to happen here. A man boldly resumes work in the same city where he's been declared wanted - and right under the noses of his...

25 October 2017
How Mao shaped communism to create a new China - Roderick MacFarquhar

Toward the end of his life, dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Mao Zedong claimed two achievements: leading the Communist revolution to victory and starting the Cultural Revolution. By pinpointing these...

24 October 2017
Baba, Maina, Idris and other stories - Reuben Abati

“I hear say our Sai Baba don return from Turkey”“Did you hope that he would stay there permanently? He went for the D-8 meeting, and he is bound to return.”“D-8...

24 October 2017
Buhari and ‘benefit of the doubt’ - Usman Abubakar

The 2015 election was the fiercest in our generation. A one of its kind I must add, where an incumbent was soundly defeated by the help of the disgruntled masses...

23 October 2017
Interim order of forfeiture of money without BVN in all banks illegal - Adegboruwa

PRESS RELEASE I’ve received the certified true copy of the interim orders of the federal high court, coral Dimgba, J., granting various interim orders in favour of the federal government...

23 October 2017
Abati didn’t write that… - Reuben Abati  

I had dedicated Saturday, October 21, to two important events: attending to family duties and participating in a farewell funeral party in Abeokuta in honour of a doughty elderly woman...

21 October 2017
Visiting my daughter in Aso Villa is like going to jail – Soyode, father of Vice-President’s wife

Father of the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, Mr Olutayo Soyode, says in spite of his daughter’s position and the exalted office of her husband, he dreads going...

21 October 2017
Buhari: The renewed debate on underperformance - Ayo Olukotun

“On a far more serious and fateful level is the fact that the Presidency itself has turned out, mostly by acts of omission, to be a sort of refuge, a...

20 October 2017
The case against free-market capitalism - Ngaire Woods

Free-market capitalism is on trial. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accuses neoliberalism of increasing homelessness, throwing children into poverty, and causing wages to fall below subsistence...

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