How Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the ‘civil war’ in Democratic Party will help Trump’s easy win - Piers Morgan

23 January 2020
How Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the ‘civil war’ in Democratic Party will help Trump’s easy win - Piers Morgan

‘Nobody likes him,’ rages in a new documentary film. ‘Nobody wants to work with him. He gets nothing done.’ She expanded on her vicious personal attack in an interview with:...

What is the truth of Boko Haram? - Abimbola Adelakun

23 January 2020
What is the truth of Boko Haram? - Abimbola Adelakun

The news of the murder of chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi, is unfortunate. Andimi had been abducted earlier in...

The end of the free-market paradigm - Diane Coyle

22 January 2020
The end of the free-market paradigm - Diane Coyle

The assumption of isolated individuals transacting in free markets has underpinned highly damaging economic policies since the 1980s. Given the interdependent nature of the digital world, economic researchers need to...

Despite Supreme Court ruling, Ihedioha can still be governor. This is how

20 January 2020
Despite Supreme Court ruling, Ihedioha can still be governor. This is how

Tonnie Iredia It is no longer news that in line with last week’s decision of the Supreme Court, Senator Hope Uzodinma is now the Imo State governor. Having decided that...

Amotekun: To be or not to be? - Bolanle Bolawole

20 January 2020
Amotekun: To be or not to be? - Bolanle Bolawole

“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come” – Victor Hugo in “Les Miserables” “Les Miserables” is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo first published...

Do Buhari, Malami know a man called Tafawa Balewa? - Festus Adedayo

19 January 2020
Do Buhari, Malami know a man called Tafawa Balewa? - Festus Adedayo

Apparently a young officer of the Nigerian Army at the time Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the Nigerian Prime Minister from 1957 – 1966, it goes without saying that President Muhammadu...

Mama Igosun opens a new front against Okon - Tatalo Alamu

19 January 2020
Mama Igosun opens a new front against Okon - Tatalo Alamu

And whilst we are still on the subject of misbegotten federalism in Nigeria, it is meet to remember the saying that a people perish due to their leaders’ lack of...

The inequality debate we need - Kenneth Rogoff

19 January 2020
The inequality debate we need - Kenneth Rogoff

The scientific evidence increasingly indicates that the world may soon reach a point of no return regarding climate change. So, rather than worrying almost exclusively about economic and political inequality,...

Mbaka did NOT hear from God - Abimbola Adelakun

17 January 2020
Mbaka did NOT hear from God - Abimbola Adelakun

Now that the Supreme Court has nullified the election of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State and declared the All Progressives Congress’ Hope Uzodinma...

Now that Iran has confessed... - Bola Bolawole

17 January 2020
Now that Iran has confessed... - Bola Bolawole

On Friday, January 3rd this year, a drone attack by the United States killed a prominent Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani, and a few others on his entourage in Iraq....

We, the Biafrans! - Dare Babarinsa

17 January 2020
We, the Biafrans! - Dare Babarinsa

It is 50 years now that the Civil War ended and the soldiers returned home. Thousands never returned. They earned their eternal rest on the battlefields and their comrades in...

Imo and the arithmetic of injustice - Olusegun Adeniyi

16 January 2020
Imo and the arithmetic of injustice - Olusegun Adeniyi

There is a famous scene in Tunde Kelani’s movie, ‘Ti oluwa Ni ile’, which speaks to a time like this in our country. At his meeting with the two young...

Nigeria is haunted by its civil war - Max Siollun

16 January 2020
Nigeria is haunted by its civil war - Max Siollun

Fifty years ago, on Jan. 15, Nigeria’s civil war ended. Fought between the country’s southeast region, which seceded and called itself Biafra, and the rest of the country, which Britain...

Making stakeholder capitalism a reality - Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca

15 January 2020
Making stakeholder capitalism a reality - Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca

The recent push by big business in favor of a more socially and environmentally conscious corporate-governance model is not just empty rhetoric. With the public losing trust in business and...

The General is Divider-in-Chief - Shaka Momodu

14 January 2020
The General is Divider-in-Chief - Shaka Momodu

By his occasional exhortations to Nigerians during festive periods and in moments of national tragedies to live peacefully and in unity, the Nigerian Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the...

Shaka Momodu: A columnist as Hater-in-Chief - Femi Adesina

14 January 2020
Shaka Momodu: A columnist as Hater-in-Chief - Femi Adesina

For many years, week after week, Shaka Momodu opens the sewers, and pours vitriol on President Muhammadu Buhari on the back page of THISDAY Newspapers. We ignore him, reasoning that...

Everyone knows memory fails as you age. But everyone is wrong - Daniel J. Levitin

14 January 2020
Everyone knows memory fails as you age. But everyone is wrong - Daniel J. Levitin

I’m 62 years old as I write this. Like many of my friends, I forget names that I used to be able to conjure up effortlessly. When packing my suitcase...

Isn’t a wealth tax common sense? - Svetlana Alexievich

13 January 2020
Isn’t a wealth tax common sense? - Svetlana Alexievich

The wealth-tax proposals being advanced by Democratic US presidential primary contenders clearly meets the public-finance standard for an ideal form of revenue generation. So why have these plans drawn such...

The electricity tariff tango - Simon Kolawole

12 January 2020
The electricity tariff tango - Simon Kolawole

Which came first — the chicken or the egg? This is one of the most fascinating debates around. All chickens hatch from eggs and all the chicken eggs are laid...

Nigeria and the American Matsuyama mirror - Festus Adedayo

12 January 2020
Nigeria and the American Matsuyama mirror - Festus Adedayo

There is this Japanese tale of the Matsuyama mirror. Matsuyama, according to the folktale, was located in the Province of Echigo, somewhere in Japan. It is centered round a couple...

Tell Dajuma to speak up! - Bola Bolawole

11 January 2020
Tell Dajuma to speak up! - Bola Bolawole

Recently, Mr TY Dajuma, retired army general, was quoted as saying “Nigerians won’t sleep if I reveal things happening in our country.” Grandma taught me there is nothing falling from...

Harry and Meghan: Why the Queen must FIRE Their Royal Hustlers - Piers Morgan

09 January 2020
Harry and Meghan: Why the Queen must FIRE Their Royal Hustlers - Piers Morgan

I've seen some disgraceful royal antics in my time, but for pure arrogance, entitlement, greed, and wilful disrespect, nothing has ever quite matched the behaviour of the ' and .'...

Imagining a world without capitalism - Yanis Varoufakis

09 January 2020
Imagining a world without capitalism - Yanis Varoufakis

On September 24, 1599, not far from where Shakespeare was struggling to finish Hamlet, the first corporation with tradable shares was born. Liberalism’s fatal hypocrisy was to celebrate the virtuous...

For Jeyifo (BJ) and Komolafe (KK)- Edwin Madunagu

08 January 2020
For Jeyifo (BJ) and Komolafe (KK)- Edwin Madunagu

This is not a tribute in the usual sense the word is used and as suggested by the title of this piece. Rather, it is an aspect of a story...

A president’s un-Presidential letter - Bolanle Bolawole

06 January 2020
A president’s un-Presidential letter - Bolanle Bolawole

Let’s start by thanking Gen. Muhammadu Buhari who chose to address a letter to Nigerians on New Year day. I will refrain from calling Buhari “our” president because in the...

A low, dishonest decade - Kaushik Basu

06 January 2020
A low, dishonest decade - Kaushik Basu

Eighty years ago, the poet W.H. Auden wrote that “Waves of anger and fear / Circulate over the bright / And darkened lands of the earth.” Like Auden in 1939,...

How killing Qassem Soleimani fits in with the Trump doctrine

05 January 2020
How killing Qassem Soleimani fits in with the Trump doctrine

Philip Klein On the surface, President Trump's decision to order the killing of Iranian terrorist leader Qassim Soleimani would seem to conflict with his rhetoric about ending "endless wars." But...

Why did Gov Abdulrahman eat Arugbo’s cocoyam? - Festus Adedayo

05 January 2020
Why did Gov Abdulrahman eat Arugbo’s cocoyam? - Festus Adedayo

After watching the viral video of several Ilorin, Kwara State old women, referred to as arugbo in Yorubaland, pleading with the Kwara State governor, Mr Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman, not to demolish...

Pabambari prophecies - Tatalo Alamu

05 January 2020
Pabambari prophecies - Tatalo Alamu

In Yoruba local parlance, pabambari is something that is so outlandish that it strains credulity and common sense all at once. As the New Year gets underway, Nigeria’s ever growing...

Seyi Makinde: My Man of the Year 2019 - Bola Bolawole

02 January 2020
Seyi Makinde: My Man of the Year 2019 - Bola Bolawole

If I were to choose my “Man of the Year 2019” from abroad, it would unmistakeably have been US President Donald Trump. His many advertised shenanigans notwithstanding, Trump’s advocacy for...

Impeachment stalemate is result of two decades of partisan hypocrisy - Joseph Moreno

01 January 2020
Impeachment stalemate is result of two decades of partisan hypocrisy - Joseph Moreno

As the year ends with an undelivered impeachment led entirely by House Democrats, both parties fighting over how a trial should be conducted with Senate Republicans in control, and the...

This has been the best year ever - Nicholas Kristof

31 December 2019
This has been the best year ever - Nicholas Kristof

For humanity over all, life just keeps getting better. If you’re depressed by the state of the world, let me toss out an idea: In the long arc of human...

Corruption worse under Buhari than at any time in the past – Utomi

30 December 2019
Corruption worse under Buhari than at any time in the past – Utomi

Pat Utomi, professor of political economy and management in this interview with Charles Okonji offers a gloomy prognosis about the state of Nigeria’s economy. Excerpts: What is your projection for...

Lawan’s chilling surrender to the General - Shaka Momodu

30 December 2019
Lawan’s chilling surrender to the General - Shaka Momodu

Nigerian Senate under the leadership of Ahmed Lawn has fallen. It has completely surrendered to Major General Muhammadu Buhari and needs to be saved from itself before it does irreparable...

Baba Lekki turns the table on journalists - Tatalo Alamu

30 December 2019
Baba Lekki turns the table on journalists - Tatalo Alamu

To Mafoluku in the hinterland of Oshodi where the indefatigable Baba Lekki, with Okon ably assisting, is fielding questions on the state of the nation from journalists in a ramshackle...

If this has been super-decade, why are we still so angry? - Jonah Goldberg

30 December 2019
If this has been super-decade, why are we still so angry? - Jonah Goldberg

There is a strong case to be made that things are getting better. In 2010, Matt Ridley made the case in "The Rational Optimist" that things were better than they...

Buhari and the fifth columnists - Simon Kolawole

29 December 2019
Buhari and the fifth columnists - Simon Kolawole

One of the most chilling claims I have ever heard in my life was allegedly made by the chief security officer to a Nigerian military ruler years ago. Nicely confronted...

How Northern Nigeria catches Southern monkeys with the Shettimas - Festus Adedayo

29 December 2019
How Northern Nigeria catches Southern monkeys with the Shettimas - Festus Adedayo

James Hadley Chase’s The Paw in the Bottle is an excellent thriller whose teachings apply to the world of today. Published in 1949, the thrill in the novel lingers, both...

Emerging trends: Christians without churches... - Bola Bolawole

26 December 2019
Emerging trends: Christians without churches... - Bola Bolawole

Yuletide affords both faithful and critics alike the opportunity not only to exchange the season’s greetings but also to ask probing, even if troublesome, questions about Jesus Christ and Christianity...

IPPIS tango: Oloyede to the rescue? - Bolanle Bolawole

25 December 2019
IPPIS tango: Oloyede to the rescue? - Bolanle Bolawole

It is important to stress that none of the two extremes i.e. that of the Federal Government or ASUU is the best for University autonomy or will advance University autonomy....