Fallouts from Onnoghen’s trial and conviction - Jideofor Adibe

25 April 2019
Fallouts from Onnoghen’s trial and conviction - Jideofor Adibe

Mr Walter Onnoghen’s nearly 100-day suspense-packed thriller with Code of Conduct Tribunal finally came to a conclusion on April 18 2019. He was found him guilty of not declaring some...

Notre Dame’s burning was an apt metaphor; and a warning - Marc A. Thiessen

25 April 2019
Notre Dame’s burning was an apt metaphor; and a warning - Marc A. Thiessen

Last Easter weekend, France was still reeling from the burning of the 800-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Its destruction is an apt metaphor for the devastation of Christianity across...

The return of people’s power - Obadiah Mailafia

24 April 2019
The return of people’s power - Obadiah Mailafia

Ultimately, it is the people that rule. That’s bad news for tyrants, demagogues, authoritarians, oligarchs, plutocrats and crooks. Sooner or later, the people will rise and demand accountability. The history...

Getting exchange rates right - Nikhil Patel

23 April 2019
Getting exchange rates right - Nikhil Patel

Standard calculations of a country’s real effective exchange rate (REER) ignore global value chains that spread production processes across countries. Taking this factor into account leads to more accurate REER...

Nigeria is heading towards Almajiri society - Dele Sobowale

22 April 2019
Nigeria is heading towards Almajiri society - Dele Sobowale

“A man cannot gradually enlarge his mind as he does his house.”—Alexis De Tocqueville, 1805-1859. It is not just a man who cannot suddenly alter his mind-set as the need...

Buhari’s second term: Looking back, and looking forward - Femi Adesina

21 April 2019
Buhari’s second term: Looking back, and looking forward - Femi Adesina

To borrow the words of colourful First Republic politician, Mr Ozumba Mbadiwe, "come has finally come to become" for President Muhammadu Buhari, as he has won election to serve a...

Ajimobi and story of last-minute heists at Oyo Govt House - Festus Adedayo

21 April 2019
Ajimobi and story of last-minute heists at Oyo Govt House - Festus Adedayo

Rumpus, said the report from a well-respected online medium, had erupted at the Oyo State Government House. An aide to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State’s wife, Florence, had reportedly...

Between ACU Vice Chancellor and agitating parents - Folu Olamiti

21 April 2019
Between ACU Vice Chancellor and agitating  parents - Folu Olamiti

Vice Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University (ACU), Oyo, Mr Dapo Asaju, a professor and Bishop of the Anglican Church, was in the news recently in what could be described as...

Why Jesus on the cross Is no mere symbol - Peter Wehner

20 April 2019
Why Jesus on the cross Is no mere symbol - Peter Wehner

During a Christmas break while I was a student at the University of Washington, I tuned in to a show that influenced the trajectory of my faith, quite by accident....

Arguments in the Nigerian Left - Edwin Madunagu

20 April 2019
Arguments in the Nigerian Left - Edwin Madunagu

The 2019 general elections provoked undeclared and unstructured discussions and debates in the Nigerian Left. Of the various themes that can be articulated from these animated exchanges of opinions –...

As ‘The North’ goes under - Okey Ikechukwu

20 April 2019
As ‘The North’ goes under - Okey Ikechukwu

The visit to Zamfara State in 2014 was at once frightening, sobering and demoralising. Though seated in a sprawling parlour with massive chairs, we were all unconsciously in a huddled...

Nigeria will not survive 2019 elections - Femi Aribisala

18 April 2019
Nigeria will not survive 2019 elections - Femi Aribisala

For those of us who had hoped against hope, the 2019 presidential election has proved to be the last straw. We are now convinced that Nigeria is a hopeless case....

Of rape, Helen Paul and Osun state govt - Bola Bolawole

18 April 2019
Of rape, Helen Paul and Osun state govt - Bola Bolawole

Ace comedian, Helen Paul, is not your mill-of-the-run personality; not only because she is acclaimed in her chosen profession or extra-ordinary in the application of the gifts and talents God...

Remembering the street child - Jideofor Adibe

18 April 2019
Remembering the street child - Jideofor Adibe

April 12, the day set aside since 2012 as the International Day for Street Children, has come and gone. In our dear country, with its hustles and hassles, the day...

Tiger Woods and the game of life - Thomas L. Friedman

17 April 2019
Tiger Woods and the game of life - Thomas L. Friedman

Golf is all about how you react when you get a bad bounce. Although my day job is writing the foreign affairs column for The New York Times — more...

Papering over our plight - Abiodun Komolafe

17 April 2019
Papering over our plight - Abiodun Komolafe

Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party. A Pan Africanist par excellence, Tinubu is one leader whose fidelity to the Nigeria project...

The terror to come - Stuart Gottlieb

16 April 2019
The terror to come - Stuart Gottlieb

In 1999, two of the most infamous terrorists of the 1990s - one a militant jihadist, the other a violent white nationalist - found plenty to chat about in the...

Why Buhari can’t and won’t solve North’s growing security crisis - Farooq Kperogi

15 April 2019
Why Buhari can’t and won’t solve North’s growing security crisis - Farooq Kperogi

The last few days have seen a hypocritical mass awakening to the dire existential torments the people of Nigeria’s Northwest face and a dramatic diminution of Buhari’s unearned goodwill in...

Between moribund Nigeria Airways and domineering Ethiopian Airlines - Folu Olamiti

15 April 2019
Between moribund Nigeria Airways and domineering Ethiopian Airlines - Folu Olamiti

That Nigeria - the supposed giant of Africa - is without a national airline, befuddles right thinking Nigerians. Once buoyant Nigeria Airways came onboard in 1958 after the dissolution of...

Why we get killed abroad and perish on the Mediterranean - Festus Adedayo 

14 April 2019
Why we get killed abroad and perish on the Mediterranean - Festus Adedayo 

The execution of the Nigerian woman in South Africa recently, the arrest of another five for armed robbery in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians...

India will never be the next China - Morgan Stanley strategist

13 April 2019
India will never be the next China - Morgan Stanley strategist

Reshma Kapadia Morgan Stanley strategist shares his views on India’s politics, stocks, and economy, and cautions against comparing the country to China. As a child, Ruchir Sharma spent his summers...

Leftists on ‘tribalism’: 70 years ago - Edwin Madunagu

12 April 2019
Leftists on ‘tribalism’: 70 years ago - Edwin Madunagu

At the beginning it was called “tribal politics”; then it became “ethnic politics”; and, now, it is evolving into “identity politics”. But the phenomenon remains what it has always been...

Do the dead really need a ‘befitting’ funeral? - Jideofor Adibe

12 April 2019
Do the dead really need a ‘befitting’ funeral? - Jideofor Adibe

This piece was inspired by a recent report that Anambra State House of Assembly has outlawed ‘expensive’ burial in the State. According to the story, the State House of Assembly...

Here’s what will decide whether technology becomes a force for good, or evil - Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

11 April 2019
Here’s what will decide whether technology becomes a force for good, or evil - Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Most of us are aware of the argument that every technological advance that ought to serve the public good, and often does, can also be used malevolently. Tim Cook of...

How parents traffic their own children in northern Nigeria - Ismail Adamu

09 April 2019
How parents traffic their own children in northern Nigeria - Ismail Adamu

The man in a village at the outskirts of Tsafe in Zamfara State is just one in thousands, may be millions, of parents in Northern Nigeria, but he provides a...

Memo to Kadaria Ahmed - Charles Ogbu

08 April 2019
Memo to Kadaria Ahmed - Charles Ogbu

Dear Kadaria, I just watched a video clip of your #March4Zamfara. First, I must commend you for calling attention to the deteriorating security situation in Zamfara state. What is happening...

Onnoghen: Killing democracy through ‘democratic means’ - Charles Ogbu

07 April 2019
Onnoghen: Killing democracy through ‘democratic means’ - Charles Ogbu

What we just witnessed in Mr Walter Onnoghen's case with President Muhammadu Buhari on one hand and National Judicial Council (NJC) on the other hand lends credence to the assertion...

Who is the leader of the Yoruba? - Festus Adedayo

07 April 2019
Who is the leader of the Yoruba? - Festus Adedayo

While the date, September 11, is a day remembered with awe, trepidation and pain in the annals of global history as day the American Twin Towers were bombed by terrorists...

Low-hanging fruits for Buhari’s second term - Jideofor Adibe

05 April 2019
Low-hanging fruits for Buhari’s second term - Jideofor Adibe

The emotions raised by the recent Presidential, National Assembly as well as the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections will take a while to settle – especially from those...

Lessons of Nigeria’s Elections 2019 - Edwin Madunagu

04 April 2019
Lessons of Nigeria’s Elections 2019 - Edwin Madunagu

The lessons of Nigeria’s Elections 2019 to which I refer here are not abstract lessons-in-general or lessons-for-all-time, but concrete lessons that emerged for the use of political forces on the...

Tinubu and the subtle ploy to downplay Awolowo’s legacies - Sola Kolawole Onikoyi

04 April 2019
Tinubu and the subtle ploy to downplay Awolowo’s legacies - Sola Kolawole Onikoyi

After listening to the litany of eulogies at the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, I began to meditate on the reasons why we, Nigerians in the Southwest, are the way we...

The revolution need not be automated - Daron Acemoglu

04 April 2019
The revolution need not be automated - Daron Acemoglu

Artificial intelligence is transforming every aspect of our lives, not least the economy. As a general-purpose technology, AI’s applications are potentially endless. While it can be used to automate tasks...

Nigeria’s N35billion Tower of Babel - Lasisi Olagunju

03 April 2019
Nigeria’s N35billion Tower of Babel - Lasisi Olagunju

Federal Government announced last week Wednesday that it had approved N1.4billion to design the head office of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). Someone heard the bombshell and shouted Halleluyah! The...

2019 elections and the dilemma of victory - Abiodun Komolafe

02 April 2019
2019 elections and the dilemma of victory - Abiodun Komolafe  

With the 2019 General Elections successfully put behind us, Nigerians may now access some semblance of peace. With the contenders and the pretenders having made a choice between ‘clinking glasses’...

An aerial view of 2019 polls - Simon Kolawole

01 April 2019
An aerial view of 2019 polls - Simon Kolawole

With the exception of Rivers state — where former friends are at war — governorship elections have been concluded across Nigeria on the not-so-unfamiliar note: the good, the bad and...

Walking the path of another dawn coup and its martial song - Festus Adedayo

01 April 2019
Walking the path of another dawn coup and its martial song - Festus Adedayo

It was one coup where a civilian would outstrip a full-star General in the deployment of loyal troops and clinical execution of the grabbing of power. On display were the...

Algeria’s second Arab Spring? - Ishac Diwan

01 April 2019
Algeria’s second Arab Spring? - Ishac Diwan

A sustained popular revolt by the Algerian people is demonstrating that economic-policy myopia in the face of significant national challenges can pose serious risks to a regime’s survival. Algerian President...

The rich can fight inequality, too - Kaushik Basu

31 March 2019
The rich can fight inequality, too - Kaushik Basu

When wealthy people espouse left-wing causes, such as redistribution of wealth, those on the right often label them hypocrites. “If you are so concerned about equality, why don’t you give...

What does it mean to run an ‘inclusive govt’? - Jideofor Adibe

30 March 2019
What does it mean to run an ‘inclusive govt’? - Jideofor Adibe

Shortly after receiving his certificate of return from INEC on February 27, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to run an ‘inclusive government’ during his second term in office, which begins...

Stagnant capitalism - Yanis Varoufakis

30 March 2019
Stagnant capitalism - Yanis Varoufakis

When the Great Depression followed the 1929 stock-market crash, almost everyone acknowledged that capitalism was unstable, unreliable, and prone to stagnation. In the decades that followed, however, that perception changed....