21 September 2017
Biafra and the burden of a warrior nation - Dare Babarinsa

When the last Biafran War ended in 1970, Nnamdi Kanu, the founder and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was barely three. Whatever he may have known about...

21 September 2017
What I saw on the way to the Revolution - Jonathan Lerner

In June 1967, in the freewheeling spirit of the times, I dropped out of Antioch College, in Ohio, and hitchhiked to New York. I was 19, mildly though not madly...

19 September 2017
The Python does not dance… - Reuben Abati

Operation code-names have been an important part of military operations since the Germans first applied them in World War 1 but it may be said that the recent (or ongoing?)...

19 September 2017
Our depraved society - Tony Ogunlowo

A few days ago a rather chilling and disturbing video emerged, online, of a young teenage girl cradling a recently decapitated human head. On her own admission she was going...

18 September 2017
Nnamdi Kanu and dance of a cold-blooded python - Festus Adedayo

Even though the Nigerian military, like the military all over the world, is used to christening its strike operations scary cognomens, finding out what informed its latest operations in the...

18 September 2017
Army, IPOB dance: A ritual ceremony for a pogrom - Israel A. Ebije

17 September 2017
2019: On your marks... - Jideofor Adibe

When Nigerians talk about ‘2019’, we know they are referring to an event they believe will likely define that year – the holding of a presidential election. Several years ago...

16 September 2017
The Biafran mustard - Fatade Bamidele

How exactly do I describe someone who thinks taking out Nnamdi Kanu or permanently locking him away would put an end to the Biafran agitations? I really don't know but...

15 September 2017
2019 and the Abuja Python Dance - Olusegun Adeniyi

It was not enough for the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, to say that she has pitched her political tent with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the...

12 September 2017
Mama Taraba and the APC crisis - Reuben Abati

Mama Taraba is Senator Aisha Alhassan, the current Minister of Women Affairs in the Muhammadu Buhari cabinet, and arguably the most influential female politician in Taraba state today. She did...

11 September 2017
NIG salutes Kenyan Supreme Court's ruling

Though it is now being hotly contested by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the recent decision of the Kenyan Supreme Court nullifying the controversial August 8 presidential election of that country and...

11 September 2017
Emmanuel Macron will be yet another failed French President - Chris Bickerton

President Emmanuel Macron of France is liberalism’s new poster boy. Hailed as the answer to Europe’s populist tide, he has brought a buzz back into French diplomacy by facing down...

08 September 2017
Nnamdi Kanu and the ‘Redeemer Complex’ - Jideofor Adibe

This piece was motivated by a number of related events around Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB): (a) The number of crowds he commands since his...

07 September 2017
You’ll never be famous - and that's o.k - Emily Esfahani Smith

Today’s college students desperately want to change the world, but too many think that living a meaningful life requires doing something extraordinary and attention-grabbing like becoming an Instagram celebrity, starting...

05 September 2017
Saving the International Economic Order - Paola Subacchi

This autumn, the IMF and the World Bank will once again hold their annual conference in Washington, DC. At a time when the liberal international economic order that these institutions...

05 September 2017
Akwa Ibom churches as parastatals - Reuben Abati

Religion was not quite a major divisive issue in the community in which we lived in the Old Cross River State in my days as a student there. On Sundays,...

04 September 2017
The palace coup in Ibadan - Festus Adedayo

A number of attempts have been made to reconstruct the events before and on the night of April 20, 1990, when a bloody attempt was made to overthrow General Ibrahim...

31 August 2017
Ohaneze, Northern Elders, Afenifere and Nnamdi Kanu - Jideofor Adibe

The move by the Federal Government to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) is, as expected, generating interesting conversations, grandstanding and competition for the moral...

31 August 2017
Kabiyesi, where is your certificate? Dare Babarinsa

It would take years before the full implications of what happened on Sunday August 27 in Ibadan to manifest. On that day, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State installed 21...

30 August 2017
The new nuclear danger - Joschka Fischer

As someone who was born in 1948, the risk of a nuclear World War III was a very real part of my childhood. That threat – or at least the...

30 August 2017
Who do Nigerians say they are? - Feyi Fawehinmi

I recently wrote about how Nigeria badly needs social scientists to figure out some of the seemingly intractable problems facing the country. Now, I’m no social scientist but I recently...

29 August 2017
JAMB and the politics of cut-off marks - Reuben Abati

I have followed with keen interest the controversy over the announcement of cut-off marks for Nigeria’s admission processes for the 2017/2018 session, with many commentators and the general public insisting...

29 August 2017
Hate speech: Time to reflect, restitute and reposition - Israel A. Ebije

Hate speech is an integral aspect of a people gravely fragmented, failed in articulating collective aspirations. It is usually programed to illicit anger, hate, which ultimately dangerously affect corporate existence....

28 August 2017
Planned Kanu's re-arrest, Ohaneze Ndigbo's response and the rest of us - Charles Ogbu

On 26th day of August, 2017, OHANEZE Ndigbo President General, Mr John Nnia Nwodo, released a statement in which he fiercely rebuked minister of Justice and Attorney General of Nigeria,...

27 August 2017
I won't make Jesus bow down to Xi Jinping - Derek Lam

Since I was 16 years old, I have wanted to be a pastor. I was raised in a Christian family in Hong Kong that urged me to live by biblical...

25 August 2017
Now that Buhari is back... - Jideofor Adibe

President Buhari returned to the country on Saturday August 19 2017, after being away from the country on medical leave for over 100 days. It is nice to welcome him...

25 August 2017
Agonising mothers and traumatised children - Tola Adeniyi

It is cries of woe and unending agonies all over the place. Mothers running helter skelter as they camper into safety dragging their helpless children along with them. The images...

24 August 2017
Dangerous fascist tendencies in Buhari’s national broadcast - NIG

President Muhammadu Buhari’s national broadcast, after 104-days of medical tourism, was as disappointing as it signaled a dangerous bend in government-citizen relationship that must be checked right away in the...

24 August 2017
Aso Villa and the audacity of rats - Reuben Abati

“What’s that sound I am hearing?”“What sound?”“I thought I heard something like miaow, miaow…”“Oh my cats…oh yes…”“Are you now breeding cats?”“Not really. But I have just joined a group of...

24 August 2017
Baba and his leaking umbrella - Dare Babarinsa

President Muhammadu Buhari is back on the beat. For our country, it is great that both the President and Vice-President share common belief in the management of our country’s affairs....

22 August 2017
Presidential broadcast and other stories - Reuben Abati

“Baba don come oh. Baba o yo yo, Baba Bubu o yo yo”“What is that?”“Eh, o yo yo”“If you are this excited about President Buhari’s return, then why didn’t you...

22 August 2017
Buhari’s speech and national unity - Seun Kolade

Fresh from his return from a 103-day stay in London, President Buhari waxed lyrical about national unity in his televised address to the nation. Nigeria’s unity, he said, “is settled...

21 August 2017
A disappointing presidential broadcast - Ebun-olu Adegboruwa

Thank God the President is back, praying that God will perfect His healing in Jesus name. Reading through the presidential broadcast however, one cannot but express a sense of utter...

21 August 2017
Welcoming Buhari back to Lugard’s country - Lasisi Olagunju

Ruling Nigeria from abroad did not start yesterday. Not with Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and certainly not with Muhammadu Buhari. The nation heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday as the...

21 August 2017
An open letter to Buhari - Kennedy Emetulu

Dear Mr President, Welcome back! We are all relieved to see that you look better than the last time you returned. Nigerians believe God is working in your life and...

20 August 2017
ASUU vs FG: How long a notice does a responsive govt need? - NIG

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced what it called a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike on Monday 14th August, 2017 to press home its demands that the government implements...

19 August 2017
I've been to London to see the King - Femi Adesina

Not a few tongues had wagged over the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was outside the country on medical vacation for weeks on end, and no member of his media...

17 August 2017
Honourable, show me your colour! - Dare Babarinsa

On Monday August 14, Justin Okonoboh lost his job as the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly. I watched part of the proceedings where the Right Honourable Speaker...

15 August 2017
The mind, your mind, my mind - Tola Adeniyi

What is on your mind? What are you thinking about? What brought those thoughts to your mind? What issues, what thoughts, what objects and what situations have provoked what is...

15 August 2017
Buhari’s reunion with his media team - Reuben Abati

I was really excited on Saturday when I received news of the eventual visit of President Muhammadu Buhari’s media team to him in London. I had always felt that the...