Drum beating, dancers ready: Why did Yakubu stop the beat? - Festus Adedayo

17 February 2019
Drum beating, dancers ready: Why did Yakubu stop the beat? - Festus Adedayo

It is no news that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections that were to hold yesterday. It is also no news that...

UCH: As CMD Alonge bows out - Folu Olamiti

17 February 2019
UCH: As CMD Alonge bows out - Folu Olamiti

Temitope Alonge, Professor and Chief Medical Director (CMD) of University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, is due to bow out of office on completion of his second term on 28 February,...

Not the ‘who’ but the ‘what’ to vote against - Abimbola Adelakun

14 February 2019
Not the ‘who’ but the ‘what’ to vote against - Abimbola Adelakun

Some months ago, one of my favourite writers in the Nigerian column writing circuit predicted that by this election season, electoral permutation based on mere geopolitical calculations would be obsolete...

Surprises as we near the D-Day - Jideofor Aidbe

14 February 2019
Surprises as we near the D-Day - Jideofor Aidbe

In barely 72 hours, the D-Day will beckon and the anxiety will shift to the H-hour. I don’t believe that February 16 will be a doomsday for the country because...

Forget Onnoghen: Let’s Talk about Buhari’s asset declaration fraud - Farooq Kperogi

13 February 2019
Forget Onnoghen: Let’s Talk about Buhari’s asset declaration fraud - Farooq Kperogi

President Muhammadu Buhari’s asset declaration fraud is more damning than CJN’s Walter Onnoghen's, yet it is Onnoghen who has been illegally ‘suspended’ and pilloried in the media. In this piece...

Atiku and el-Rufai’s body bag nationalism - Festus Adedayo

11 February 2019
Atiku and el-Rufai’s body bag nationalism - Festus Adedayo

What could have prompted Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai to make such very volatile comment attributed to him on a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) interview programme last week? Could it...

A body-bag election - Sonala Olumhense

11 February 2019
A body-bag election - Sonala Olumhense

In five days, Nigerians of voting age will clarify not only whom they are, but whom they wish to be. Four years ago, I helped bring to the leadership of...

Why girls beat boys at school and lose to them at the office - Lisa Damour

09 February 2019
Why girls beat boys at school and lose to them at the office - Lisa Damour

Hard work and discipline help girls outperform boys in class, but that advantage disappears in the work force. Is school the problem? From elementary school through college, girls are more...

Atiku’s amnesty plan for treasury looters - Jideofor Adibe

07 February 2019
Atiku’s amnesty plan for treasury looters - Jideofor Adibe

The plan by PDP’s presidential candidate and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to grant amnesty to suspected treasury looters if elected President, is, in my opinion, the way to go....

Illusion and myth of Buhari’s fight against corruption - Mohammed D. Aminu

06 February 2019
Illusion and myth of Buhari’s fight against corruption - Mohammed D. Aminu

President Muhammadu Buhari was voted into office as president of Nigeria in 2015 under the supposition that he had a character that was allergic to corruption. He had maintained the...

You support Buhari? We can’t be friends - Farooq Kperogi

04 February 2019
You support Buhari? We can’t be friends - Farooq Kperogi

I've read people say they don't want to sacrifice the relationships they've built over the years on the altar of politics. Good for them! For me, the position you take...

Soyinka, Atiku and fruits of the poisonous tree - Festus Adedayo

03 February 2019
Soyinka, Atiku and fruits of the poisonous tree - Festus Adedayo

In the democracy that Nigeria enjoys today, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka’s contribution is huge and unambiguously massive. If weight of contribution were coterminous with reward, Soyinka should be awarded...

Kindness Is a skill - David Brooks

03 February 2019
Kindness Is a skill - David Brooks

I went into journalism to cover politics, but now I find myself in national marriage therapy. Covering American life is like covering one of those traumatizing Eugene O’Neill plays about...

The three revolutions Economics needs - Edmund S. Phelps

02 February 2019
The three revolutions Economics needs - Edmund S. Phelps

The West is in crisis – and so is economics. Rates of return on investment are meager. Wages – and incomes generally – are stagnating for most people. Job satisfaction...

Is Nigerian Democracy in recession? - Jideofor Adibe

02 February 2019
Is Nigerian Democracy in recession? - Jideofor Adibe

The recent suspension of Mr Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria has raised fundamental issues that go beyond the government’s claims of fighting corruption and the opposition’s and social...

Our increasingly fascist public discourse - Jason Stanley

28 January 2019
Our increasingly fascist public discourse - Jason Stanley

“Populism” is an innocuous-sounding description for the xenophobic nationalism that is now sweeping much of the world. But is there something even more sinister at work? In The Language of...

Onnoghen’s sack as Buhari’s embrace of Laurent Gbagbo - Festus Adedayo

27 January 2019
Onnoghen’s sack as Buhari’s embrace of Laurent Gbagbo - Festus Adedayo

Every government always has what I call the Jega moment. Even in advanced democracies, in spite of the sophistication of their governance, politics and powerful institutions, the Jega moment always...

Russia must stop persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses - Washington Post Editorial

27 January 2019
Russia must stop persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses - Washington Post Editorial

More than 600 days have passed since Russian police in Orel, south of Moscow, arrested Dennis Christensen, a Danish national and self-employed carpenter and builder who was active in the...

Threat of UK- US visa ban: Opposition got Buhari where it matters - Farooq Kperogi

25 January 2019
Threat of UK- US visa ban: Opposition got Buhari where it matters - Farooq Kperogi

I am closer to the power brokers in this Buhari regime than I can persuade many people to believe. But I'm not in the business of persuasion. I just want...

Obasanjo’s sense of judgement- Alani Akinrinade

25 January 2019
Obasanjo’s sense of judgement- Alani Akinrinade

Obasanjo asking Nigerians to vote for Atiku is an insult to our collective intelligence. With the benefit of hindsight, can anyone truly say Obasanjo’s sense of judgment in choosing leaders...

Why Obasanjo’s voice still matters - Jideofor Adibe

25 January 2019
Why Obasanjo’s voice still matters - Jideofor Adibe

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent 16-page letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, which sounds more like a state-of-the nation address, has, as expected, dominated the deadlines since it was delivered on...

A vote for APC isn’t a vote for Buhari - Farooq Kperogi

23 January 2019
A vote for APC isn’t a vote for Buhari - Farooq Kperogi

A vote for APC in the coming presidential election won't be a vote for Buhari; it would be a vote for an evil, greedy, corrupt, provincial, and reactionary cabal made...

MC Oluomo, Bayo Success and the curse of Lagos motor park kingpins - Festus Adedayo

20 January 2019
MC Oluomo, Bayo Success and the curse of Lagos motor park kingpins - Festus Adedayo  

The fracas in Lagos on January 8, 2019 during the rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held at the Skypower Grounds, Ikeja Government Reservation Area has, once again, brought...

Jungle justice for Chief Justice? - Olusegun Adeniyi

18 January 2019
Jungle justice for Chief Justice? - Olusegun Adeniyi

With the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) latching on to the trial of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen to make all manner of accusations and the ruling...

Managing perceptions of 2019 elections - Jideofor Adibe

18 January 2019
Managing perceptions of 2019 elections - Jideofor Adibe

Perception – also known as optics- is a belief or opinion held by people on the basis of how things seem. Our perception of any event is our reality and...

Nigeria as ‘Election 2019’ draws near - Edwin Madunagu

17 January 2019
Nigeria as ‘Election 2019’ draws near - Edwin Madunagu

It should be agreed that there are different ways of apprehending and describing the situation in Nigeria as the country draws near “Election 2019”, the general elections beginning on February...

Risks to the global economy in 2019 - Joseph S. Nye

14 January 2019
Risks to the global economy in 2019 - Joseph S. Nye

As Mark Twain never said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you think you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Over the...

Buhari no longer the only problem - Abimbola Adelakun

12 January 2019
Buhari no longer the only problem - Abimbola Adelakun

At some point, future historians of the present will give Donald Trump some credit for aptly summarising the dynamics of political following of our time. During his presidential campaigns, he...

Amina Zakari and allegory of the squirrel with a lone palm nut - Festus Adedayo

07 January 2019
Amina Zakari and allegory of the squirrel with a lone palm nut - Festus Adedayo

The squirrel in traditional African worldview is the animal which got summarily killed by the searing pellets from the bullets of the hunter due to its inability to discern. Its...

Amina Zakari is lying about her relationship with Buhari - Farooq Kperogi

07 January 2019
Amina Zakari is lying about her relationship with Buhari - Farooq Kperogi

Mrs. Amina Zakari just said to the BBC, “I’m not [Buhari’s] niece.” That’s flat-out mendacious. And it puts a huge question mark on her honesty, probity, and trustworthiness. A person...

Nigeria 2019: Hoping for another reprieve? - Edwin Madunagu

04 January 2019
Nigeria 2019: Hoping for another reprieve? - Edwin Madunagu

In a couple of weeks Nigeria will begin another round of general elections. This coming round of the four-yearly ritual, re-started by Nigeria’s ruling class in 1999 to herald the...

Osinbajo and the Politics of 2023 - Jideofor Adibe

03 January 2019
Osinbajo and the Politics of 2023 - Jideofor Adibe

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo raised the stakes in the politics of 2023 when he added his voice to the politics of ethnic baiting. Speaking during a visit to the Alaafin...

How Nigeria killed Badeh, Alkali - Festus Adedayo

30 December 2018
How Nigeria killed Badeh, Alkali - Festus Adedayo

The gory pictures of General Idris Alkali in soiled shroud as he was ferreted out of the shallow well his traducers dumped him and General Alex Badeh, felled by evil...

Heckling is part of the democratic process - Jideofor Adibe

28 December 2018
Heckling is part of the democratic process - Jideofor Adibe

News that President Muhammadu Buhari was interrupted and booed intermittently by some lawmakers while presenting the appropriation bill to National Assembly recently has been trending on the social media. Also...

Amosun unaware of his political nakedness - Tunde Emilola-Gazal

27 December 2018
Amosun unaware of his political nakedness - Tunde Emilola-Gazal

The story, Ali and the Angels, in one of the books that were read in primary schools in the early 70s, comes to my mind as I ruminate over the...

2023 and Osinbajo’s song of ... - Yinka Odumakin

26 December 2018
2023 and Osinbajo’s song of ... - Yinka Odumakin

A week after he stuttered at the vice-presidential debate in Abuja, as result of functioning in Lai’s lane, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was at the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo...

Integrity without credibility - Sonala Olumhense

26 December 2018
Integrity without credibility - Sonala Olumhense

In the same week in which former military chief Alex Badeh was shot to death on an open road, journalism professor Farooq Kperogi was ousted from Daily Trust, the newspaper...

Globalization 4.0 for whom? - Winnie Byanyima

26 December 2018
Globalization 4.0 for whom? - Winnie Byanyima

Imagine a world in which women and girls have their rights respected, climate change receives the attention it so urgently requires, and poverty has been eliminated. Never before have we...

The uncommon power of grace - Peter Wehner

25 December 2018
The uncommon power of grace - Peter Wehner

A revolutionary idea lies at its core: radical equality. In his book “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” Philip Yancey describes a conference on comparative religions where experts from around the...

The beheaded boy by Ogun River bank - Festus Adedayo

23 December 2018
The beheaded boy by Ogun River bank - Festus Adedayo

On the morning of September 21, 2001, the dismembered body of a boy was found by the Thames River, near Tower Bridge in Central London, United Kingdom. He was putting...





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