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Volume #3

Farouk for President [1] By Orok Edem

Fellow country men and women, I bring you good tidings. I am sure you are all amazed and delighted about my candidature for the presidency. And, if you are not…I believe by the time you finish reading this, you will come to the conclusion that the end is nigh...

Farouk for President [2] By Orok Edem

Fellow Nigerians, I believe you have read my earlier ‘Declaration of intent' to contest for the presidency of our embattled land. Let us pause here for a moment to say a silent prayer for all those who have lost their lives in Nigeria’s political upheavals from 1914 till date...

Farouk for President [3] By Orok Edem

Maximum wage, maximum wage, maximum wage…. Changi dole….. life more abundant!…Farook... Farook…..Farook!...

Farouk for President [4] By Orok Edem

Fellow Nigerians, I am humbled with all the support and words of encouragement that I have been receiving both in Nigeria and from the Diaspora. I thank you all and promise you that Nigeria would attain economic development within the for see able future...

Farouk for President [5] By Orok Edem

My people, these are trying times. Before I deal with the numerous overtures that have been made to me concerning my presidential bid, I would touch on Sharia, the legal system that was introduced by Aremu the great,...

Farouk for President [6] By Orok Edem

Dear Nigerians, there would be consequences. How can a nation like Nigeria be ruled by a man who has the ‘rare ability to scheme both fair and foul with equal celerity’?...

Farouk for President [7] By Orok Edem

My fellow country men and women, I am deeply touched by the show of concern about my welfare and presidential ambitions. I have received queries about my next political gambit and my prolonged silence. Let me say emphatically...

FASEUN AND THE NORTH'S MORAL DILEMMA By SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI

"The North" is angry. No reader of the Weekly Trust of Friday 29 th December, 2000 with the blazing headlines "Controversy Over Faseun Release" is left in doubt of that fact...

Fawehinmi and Umar By Edwin Madunagu

He has said so several times: that Gani Fawehinmi and Abubakar Umar are the only "genuine" pro-democracy activists in Nigeria. In particular, he has insisted that these two Nigerians one from the South, the other from the North were the only honest...

THE FEAR OF ENGR. IBB By KADIRI YUSUF BUNI

Any article on General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida(Rtd) usually raises an eye brow, probably because the personality involved mean everything to some people, something to others and actually not nothing to anybody...

The Fear of Knowing by Iwase Eniowo

The position in this essay is that, partly at the root of the country's problem is the fear of knowing. This fear of knowing or the fear to know is more dominant in the leadership and following of some political interests in the country...

Federalism and public finance in Nigeria By Alex Ekwueme

Introduction Up till 31 December 1913, the country now known as Nigeria was administered as two distinct and separate British colonial territories: The Southern Protectorate and the Northern Protectorate...

Federalism, the constitution and resource control: My response By Prof. Itse Sagay

AS was expected, the call for resource control by some governors of States in the Niger-Delta, and other interested and concerned parties, including myself, has started to generate reaction...

Fela Anikulapo By Dele Sobowale

"To live outside the law, you must be honest" Bob Dylan, American Folksinger ,1968 Bob Dylan was in some respects to white Americans what Fela became to every Nigerian government since he hit the limelight in the early 1960s...

Fencing off the Offshore By Nnimmo Bassey

The time has come for the people of Niger Delta to call the bluff of Mr. President writes, IT has been extremely difficult to stay silent and allow the current insult from the presidency on the people of the littoral states to go unanswered...

Fiscal federalism, good for Nigeria By Ola Vincent

The concept of fiscal federalism was first introduced in Nigeria in 1946, following the adopting of the Richards Constitution. The period 1947-52 marked the beginning of the recognition of sub-national governments during which...

Fiscal federation and the South-South states by Hon. J. Odebala

There has been a lot of discussion on fiscal federalism and the fact that the revenue allocation formula is not right. Arguments are expressed in favour of the view that the federal government is...

Fiscal Rascality, squandermania et al By Olorunnimbe Farukanmi.

That the Nigerian nation, reeling under the weight of iniquities, the foundation of which was laid by military misrule represented by Babangida, Abacha and their civilian collaborators, will not enjoy...

Five-Year Tenure And The Real Challenges Of Constitutional Amendment By ALABI WILLIAMS

THE 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been flawed for many reasons, and by those who are familiar with what a constitution is supposed to be. The summary of the barrages is that it does not cater sufficiently to the needs of...

The Fleecing of Nigeria: Holding Obasanjo to his word by Soboyejo Awosika-Coker

”Corruption, the greatest single bane of our society today, will be tackled head-on at all levels. Corruption is incipient in all human societies and in most activities. But it must not be condoned. This is why laws are made and enforced to check corruption, so that society...

Forbacky Dances: Glimpses at Nigeria's Destiny. By Professor Olusola Adeyeye Secretary-General, United Democratic Front of Nigeria (UDFN)

Forty years ago, I was a participant in a ceremony that marked the beginning of Nigeria's sovereign as a nation-state. As a member of the Boys Scouts at St. Stephen's Anglican School, Ora, Igbomina...

FRAMEWORK FOR RENEWED FEDERALISM IN NIGERIA by Igho Natufe , Ph.D

INTRODUCTION The inauguration of President Olusegun Obasanjo on May 29, 1999, as the 2nd President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was an event of great historical significance. It terminated 16 years of...

Fr(a)yo’s Bombshell and the Cat’s Bell By Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

A rat of renown most ready of tongue Said, as a sovereign help to himself: `I have seen men,' quoth he `in the city of London...

From 2003 to 2007 By Pini Jason

Since the gubernatorial and presidential elections of 19 April 2003, Nigeria has been drenched by all manner of theories and analyses of why the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party machine crushed the Alliance for Democracy in Yorubaland...

From Nomadism to Sedentarism: An Analysis of Development Constraints and Public Policy Issues in the Socioeconomic Transformation of the Pastoral Fulani of Nigeria By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

ABSTRACT As sedentary or as nomadic pastoralists, the Fulani, Nigeria's traditional cattle-rearers, are searching for a near-ideal condition...

FROM THE BARREL OF A GUN: THE BENUE GENOCIDE AND NIGERIA’S CONCEPT OF PEACEKEEPING By William Etim-Bassey

…They said some men are too ignorant, and vicious, to share in government. Possibly so, said we…Abraham Lincoln- July 1, 1854...

Fryo's Case Against Omisore and Others By Shaka Momodu

'He said it's only when we kill Ige that the Job will be well done' A transcript of the encounter between Lagos lawyer Festus Keyamo and the man whom the police declared wanted in connection with the murder of Justice minister, Bola Ige...

Fuel Price increases and Distributive Consequences By Victor E. Dike

Nigeria is a society that is constantly in crises. The FG-ASUU face-off and the heat generated by the 2003 politics have hardly subsided and the nation is submerged into the present fuel price crisis...

Fulani Herding System By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

Previews discussions a. Abstract and Introduction b. Should Pastoral Fulani Sedentarize?...

‘FUNDAMENTAL RESTRUCTURING’ is THE ANSWER TO ‘MILITARY IN POLITICS’ IN NIGERIA. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

‘MILITARY IN POLITICS’ IS NUMBER ONE NIGERIAN PROBLEM At the time I came up with the recent itemization of issues that should be raised, discussed and resolved in a National Conference, See the www.Nigerdeltacongress.com and some...

Furiously Unreligious By Orok Edem

‘They are coming’ "Who?" ‘The followers of Jesus and Mohammed’...

Further reflections on the future By Edwin Madunagu

IN the second half of December, I searched for the most important idea or issue in Nigeria's political life in the year 2000. My first problem and some people would say it...

FURTHER TO THE DEBATE ON ‘PACT’ (1) VALIDITY DEPENDS ON OBASANJO AS A ‘BRIDGE’. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

I thought I should react to the erroneous interpretation of the 'pact between the President and the geo-ethno-military-clique on the one hand and the international community on the other hand...

FURTHER TO THE LONDON ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE ON THE AGENDA FOR EDO NATION By Professor Omo Omoruyi

It was resolved at the London Roundtable on November 23, 2002 under the auspices of the Edokpamakhin UK concluded at the end of the session that Edokpamakhin should be the Agenda Setting body for the Edo nation. This essay is to further elucidate on the decision...

FUTURE OF AFRICANS IN AMERICAN DIASPORA: By CHIEF MPAKA PRINCEWILL, AIA, ASCE.

FUTURE OF AFRICANS IN NEW MILLENNIUM CULTURE OF NARCISSISM American Capitalist culture is built around the concept of Narcissism... self indulgence, preservation, enhancement, motivation, insulation, individual success and adherence to the dogmas of desensitized society...

FUTURE OF AFRICANS IN THE AMERICAN DIASPORA: By CHIEF MPAKA PRINCEWILL, AIA, ASCE.

Ethnic Africans in North America are faced with a lot of challenges when trying to integrate into the mosaic society. What are their hopes and aspirations in the new millennium? What does the future hold for this racial group? What is their political and economic relevance in mainstream America?...

Gani: Beyond the victory By Sam Amadi

I FEEL so great that the National Conscience Party (NCP) has finally secured the right to contest for political power through the ballot box. I feel particularly elated not only because as a young lawyer in Gani's Chamber, I helped to draw up the ideas and structure of the party,...

The gathering storm By Pini Jason

There is a saying in my place that when a dog is determined to get lost, it no longer hearkens to the owners call. Not even the aroma of its favourite meal will attract a wayward dog home...

General Babangida: The testing of turbulent of waters. By Dr. Timothy Othman

Apparently Nigerians have not heard the last of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (Rtd). This month, the General and his adherents re-emerged in Jos for the well-publicized symposium:...

General Babangida, Civil Society and the Military in Nigeria Anatomy of a Personal Rulership Project By Kunle Amuwo

With some deserved reservation and caution, many Africanists would agree with the following observation that the African State: "... is highly fragmented, composed of divergent interests and permeated by patrimonial networks that link its top echelons...

General Babangida Civil Society and the Military in Nigeria [2] Anatomy of a Personal Rulership Project By Kunle Amuwo

Babangida extensive patronage system Here, we encounter vintage Babangida, seeking to dominate at once his entourage and the totality of his environment. Shortly after he burst into the country’s highest political consciousness, the signals came almost in...

General Babangida, Civil Society and the Military in Nigeria [3] Anatomy of a Personal Rulership Project By Kunle Amuwo

The Politics of Repression The rationale for the politics of repression by which I mean the curbing of associational life and the dwarfing of the civic public realm within the context of the transition programme, was furnished by SAP...

General Babangida Civil Society and the Military in Nigeria [4] Anatomy of a Personal Rulership Project By Kunle Amuwo

Countdown to the Presidential Election: Why did Babangida allow it hold? I have suggested, somewhat implicitly, in the foregoing section that the sustained activism of non-state actors made it inevitable for the presidential elections to eventually hold on June 12, 1993. But if this clearly appeared as a necessary condition, it was far from being sufficient...

General Babangida, Civil Society and the Military in Nigeria [5] Anatomy of a Personal Rulership Project By Kunle Amuwo

The Military Factor: Which Military? In general, authoritarian regimes in Africa have increased militarism, by the use of the structure of repression namely, the military establishment, the Police, Gendarmeries, Secret Services, Para-military units, presidential special units, etc...

General Babangida Civil Society and the Military in Nigeria [6] Anatomy of a Personal Rulership Project By Kunle Amuwo

By Way of Conclusion Babangida may not have read Raymond Aron’s Le Spectateur Engagé (1981), but he certainly subscribed to the political principle that "one should win in politics, otherwise there is no reason for doing so". Machiavellian and self-confessed admirer of Chaka Zulu, Babangida, wanted either to surpass the Gowon’s all-time record of nine years as head of state or to...

General Buhari and Sheikh Gumi By Agbaje Goriite

I have recently been reading the biography of Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, titled Where I stand. It was a most interesting reading. For me, one of the legitimate complaints of the Hausa/Fulani Moslem...

GENERALS ARE COMING! SHOULD THEY BE WELCOME? (1-5) WHY NOT? By Professor Omo Omoruyi

POLITICIANS OF CIVILIAN AND MILITARY ORIGIN?I recall sometime immediately after independence there was some influx of young northerners...

GENOCIDE IN NIGERIA:  THE OGONI TRAGEDY* (Port Harcourt: Saros, 1992; 103 pp.) Saro Wiwa

*Author's Note*

Writing this book has been one of the most painful experiences of my life. Ordinarily, writing a book is torture, a chore...

George Bushs Visit to Nigeria By Bola A. Akinterinwa

This week, President Olusegun Obasanjo will be playing host to President George Bush of the United States. The visit will be important from many perspectives. It will be the first visit of a US Republican president to Nigeria in recent times...

Globalisation, Secret Societies & Good Governance (Part 1): By Kòmbò Mason Braide (PhD)

An Ancient Preamble To 21 st Century Hypocrisy: "Judge not, that ye not be judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again...

Globalization and African Identity: The case of communities of African descent in Latin America. By Ibiyinka Solarin

Ok, let us begin this essay with a pop quiz. People of African ancestry constitute the majority in Brazil, Panama, Cuba and Dominican Republic...

GLOBALIZATION AND ITS VICTIMS By Chido Onumah

The wobbly train of globalization makes its next stop in Quebec City, Canada, next month for the Summit of the Americas. The creation of a free-trade zone for the Americas will be top on the...

Go on with One North (GOWON) By Emman Usman Shehu

CONTROVERSY is not his baptismal name. It is not his informal name, and it is certainly not his surname. Although if one wants to stretch the issue a little bit, there is some bit of controversy...

Good governance, federalism and resource control By Afam Onumonu

The primary responsibility of government, according to Thomas Hobbes, is the maintenance of law and order. Hobbes started from the premise that man is by nature self-centred and lawless. He will pursue whatever line of action that will achieve his selfish objective to the exclusion of...

Volume #4

Goodbye Harry, and goodbye By Tony Momoh

MANY have been shattered because of the death through assassination of Dr. Marshall Sokari Harry. Those who think that they can solve problems through taking life pursued Harry to his residence in Abuja. They broke into his house, made their way to his room through the ceiling and pumped his life out of his body...

Gore Wins By One Vote - My Florida Friend's Vote by Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD.

I have been resisting writing anything about these USA elections, but I can't resist any longer. At the moment that I am writing this "Musings," the arithmetic situation of the USA Presidential elections is as follow:...

The gospel according to Francis Arthur Nzeribe By Senator Arthur Nzeribe

Four distinct interest blocs are clearly discernible at the starting line for the anticipated presidential election in year 2003. There are President Olusegun Obasanjo's re-election bloc - OBJ,...

GOV TINUBU AND OPC: MATTERS ARISING By Mike Ikhariale

The widely reported contemplation of the Governor of Lagos, Senator Bola Tinubu about the possibility of enlisting the dreaded Odua Peoples’ Congress, popularly known as OPC, a Yoruba...

Governance at the third tier By Edwin Madunagu

THE crises ravaging the local government system across the country since the beginning of the present political dispensation lead directly back to the 1999 Nigerian Constitution...

GOVERNING NIGERIA: PERSPECTIVES ON 2001 By Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi (Lagos Central Constituency)

It will not be out of place to say that, I write out of character in that readers may not find a reservoir of optimism in this piece. It has not been written with any motive to convey a false optimism...

GOVERNOR KALU'S DIVISIVE PERSONAL RULE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES By Vincent O. Erondu

Abia State traditionally consists of northeastern Igbo and southern Igbo. Administratively, the people of this area were in the old Bende and Aba divisions. Bende division comprises southern...

Governors, Corruption, ICPC and the Next Election By ABRAHAM OGBODO

AS General Olusegun galloped up the path of fate from prison to the presidency in 1999, he might have taken a panaromic view of ethical Nigeria and concluded that the country only needed a drug to recover from its economic and moral kwashiokor...

The great democracy blackmail By Andy Akporugo, Jnr.

STORED in my cell phone, is a message I intend to keep for the next four years when as things stand, the PDP-led Obasanjo government would again, through the INEC as presently comprised or in any of its expected reincarnations, have conducted...

‘He took my pencil’ By Orok Edem

If you have ever taught in an elementary school, you would very quickly recognize the title of this article. Within a single school day, you would have been called on, to break up numerous fights starting and ending with the above statement. Teachers, I love them to death...

Hearing Northern Nigeria's Own Historians By Okello Oculi

There is an almost overwhelming mist of brutality, sadness and melancholy which jumps out from writings by young historians from Northern Nigeria about Northern Nigeria. In the last four decades, shades of fear and aggressive anxieties...

Hegemony through elections By Edwin Madunagu

NOTHING, in recent times, have shown the true character of the Nigerian state, the Nigerian ruling classes and the power blocs developed therefrom, as clearly as the current build-up to the 2002/2003 elections, especially the guidelines for the...

Help! I am being held prisoner by Orok Edem

Very soon, the economically marginalized might decide to take over the streets. Much as I would hate to add my voice to the incongruous outbursts that is issuing forth from left to right, south and north...

History does not lie By Wada Nas

Recently, one of the major participants in the coup told the Oputa panel that they did it for the purpose of bringing Chief Awolowo to power. In a way they succeeded, in the sense that he Awo became, more or less, a Prime Minister under General Yakubu Gowon...

HON Maurice 'Morris' Ibekwe Arrested on '419' Charges By Bolaji Aluko, PhD

News Last Updated: Friday, 30 May, 2003, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK Nigerian MP on fraud charges A member of Nigeria's House of Representatives has appeared in court, charged with conning a German businessman out of $350,000...

How we run Nigeria By Ufot Ekaette

Joan Corkery, Anthony Land and Jean Bossuyt in their paper on the Process of Policy Formulation, identified seven stages or nodal points in the policy formulation process. While the stages can be placed in a linear sequence, the process is not normally an orderly linear progress from one step to...

How A Self-Succession Bid has Turned Nigeria into "Animal Farm" By Mobolaji Aluko, PhD

It is "déjà vu" all over again! If you have read the George Orwell’s book "Animal Farm", then you will understand why I have chosen it to characterize the ongoing Ota Farm "Obasanjo Self-Succession" parade, which bears all the hallmarks of late unlamented Abacha’s "self-succession" parades to Aso Rock of almost exactly four years to the day...

How Many Nigerians Are There Today? 58.4 Million, I Dare Say! by Mobolaji Aluko, PhD

INTRODUCTION In an earlier 'Saturday Essays' of October 3, 1998, which I reproduce below, I wrote the following:...

How not to remove a President By BABATUNDE OSHILAJA Esq.

Curiously and arguably the most popular political and constitutional law concept in Nigeria Fourth Republic is impeachment. In the National Assembly at the centre and the state Assemblies at the periphery, from Lagos to Enugu,...

How Obafemi Awolowo became the Leader of the Yoruba and its lesson for today. By Dr. Ibiyinka Solarin

A simmering undercurrent of disaffection is brewing within the Yoruba polity, blown open and exacerbated by the assassination of Chief Ajibola Idowu Ige. This undercurrent was there when Ige was alive...

HOW TO ENSURE A CREDIBLE 'CIVILIAN-CIVILIAN TRANSITION ELECTION' IN NIGERIA: NEED FOR ‘A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD’. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

APPRECIATION AND FELICITATION I am most thankful to the organizers of this conference and for the invitation extended to me to bare my mind on any topic of my choice so long as it bears relevance to the Nigerian politics. I could not think of a topic as timely as one of the...

How to organise the national conference By Kayode Samuel

The impetus for today’s article comes from the challenge thrown by the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Chief Bola Ige in last week’s edition of The Comet on Sunday. In his reply to a write-up by Dele Sobowale in the Sunday Vanguard of the preceding...

How To Reconstruct The Nigerian Nation By JOE IGBOKWE

Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, our own Socrates, the Chairman Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission (HRVIC) motivated me to sit down to write this article. On Thursday Octobner 11, 2001 Justice Oputa had challenged lawyers to research into how the nobles forced King John of...

HOW VALID IS THE CASE FOR IGBO PRESIDENCY? By OKENWA R. NWOSU, M.D.

Politics has always been a game that the elites play ostensibly on behalf of the rest of us. As in all games, there are rules and methodologies that players rely upon. Nigerian politics is replete with written as well as unwritten rules about how the game is to be played. Terms like "rotational presidency", "power shift" and "zoning" are examples of such rules that,...

I’ll die for resource control — Attah By Mideno Bayagbon

I had not been to Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, for about three years, until last weekend when I honoured Governor Victor Attah’s invitation to spend the weekend with him in Uyo. It turned out to be an eye opener, an educative incursion and 48 hours of rest, in many ways...

I am not from Wazobia – I no be gentleman like that By N. H. Ibanga

I was born a Nigerian. I like the Nigeria I was born into. I would like to die a Nigerian. There is ample evidence that the Nigeria I grew up in has ceased to exist. In its place is something called...

I SECOND THE MOTION OF DIOKPA MCK AJULUCHUKWU: VOTE FOR OBASANJO REACTION TO THOSE WHO QUESTIONED MY RIGHT TO ENDORSE OBASANJO AND REJECT BUHARI AND OJUKWU By Prof. Omo Omoruyi

CLASSIFICATION WAS A TECHNICAL EXERCISE...

IBB and Burden of History By Akanbi Ojumoola

Each time I read about General Ibrahim and his numerous ploys and political acrobatics, I feel really sorry for the general. Like Macbeth, he did murder sleep in an unscrupulous hunger for power. And now he can sleep no more...

IBB AND THE CALCULUS OF 2003 By Mike Ikhariale

The latest on the much talked about re-emergence of the stepped aside General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, the famous Prince of the Niger, alias Maradona, into the partisan politics of...

IBB Must Be Stopped! By Hilary Evbayiro

We have heard the news. We are aware of the latest move by Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB). We are aware of the clandestine efforts to draft and then anoint IBB for a presidential ticket come 2003...

IBB on OBJ: Matters arising By Kayode Samuel

Let us start this odyssey with an anecdote that says a lot about the way we live in this country. On Saturday, November 16, 2002, the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) held its non-election convention in Enugu, the political capital of old East...

IBB: Re - Engineering and June 12 by Uwem Inyang

I have always understood the word engineering in the simplest of terms as constructing, repairing and re-constructing. My engineering academic background cannot give me a better description of the word...

The IBOM Peoples’ Independence: The True Meaning by Edemma Udoh

Our people have been around for centuries and for thousands of years. They were happily toiling the soil that God saw it fit to bequeath them, manage the rivers and waters that he blessed them...

Ibori:And The Storm Gathers By Reuben Abati

I had initially been indifferent to the tale about Governor James Onanefe Ibori being an ex-convict, who is on that account not a fit and proper person to be Governor of Delta state, for two reasons...

ICJ Judgment on Bakassi: How enforceable? By Akpo Mudiaga Odje

Since the judicial sad news of l0/10/2002 by way of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment ceding the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon, our nation has once...

ICPC And The Crisis Of Credibility By Nkemjika

When the present administration established the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) two years ago, the then novel institution held out the promise of a courageous and sustained assault against a...

The Idi-Iraba Pissing Contest – and Nigeria’s Tinder-Box By Mobolaji E. Aluko

INTRODUCTION Please, pardon the "P" word in the title of this essay, but I have been trying to follow the root cause of the most recent Idi-Iraba riots. Some things don’t just compute...

Idiotocracy By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

A famous political maxim generally credited to the erudite Alexander Pope is that which postulates that, “Forms of government, let fools contend. The best is that best administered”...

If Babangida becomes president of Nigeria By Ogaga Ifowodo

The case of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, former military president of Nigeria; involuntarily retired General of the Nigerian Army; self-confessed evil genius and expert in the...

If democracy must survive By David Ifode

THE Nigerian leadership history remains a chequered one. Nigeria is a nation of some of the most intelligent people in the world. Admittedly, it does not have a past leader nationally acclaimed to warrant this claim...

If in Doubt, Blame the Crafty Nigerians By L. Muthoni Wanyeki

Nigeria, undoubtedly, is the one African country we love to hate - except when it comes to its soccer team. Those of us who have interacted with Nigerians have stories to tell - stories of awe and glee...

If only they knew..... by Soboyejo Awosika-Coker

"Men use thought only to justify their wrongdoings, and speech only to conceal their thoughts." …Voltaire (1694-1778)...

Igbo Political Errors and the Leadership Debates by Ambrose Ehirim

Once upon a time, it was easily perceived and predicted with near-certainty where people actively concerned about Igbo leadership would stand on any issue that might arise from an economical, social and political standpoint...

The Igbo/Yoruba Relationship By Austin Orette

"Who shall we send and who will go for us" Holy Bible. As Nigeria tethers at the brink of disaster, it has become hell for Southerners. But each time it tries to forge a common alliance that will throw off the yoke of the Hausa-Fulani tyranny it...

The Igbo and Nigerian presidency: the fundamentals By Uju Afulezi, PhD

It is, for certain, now a daily source of embarrassment to many of us how the need, for justice, fairness, and equity's sake, for the Igbo to produce the next president for Nigeria is being toyed with...

IGBO PRESIDENT: WHY NOT? By Debo Awosika-Olumo MD MS.

"You see things and you say, ‘why?’ But I see things that never were; and I say ‘why not?’" –George Bernard Shaw. I continue to read with amusement the reasons advocated by most of the proponents of Igbo presidency...

Igbos: Think before leaping by Sebastine Hon, Esq.

Ask any elite from the core North now, and he will readily point out to you that Eastern and Northern Nigeria have had a long - standing historical and political alliance...

THE IGBOS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE WISE MEN by Ritchie Ejiofor

The absence of an acceptable Igbos leadership may have spurned misconception of the existence of a lawless Igbos society without a defined leadership structure. This stereotype is given prominence and legitimacy by mis-interpretation of the Igbos...

Ige and the game of politics By Tony Odiadi

Odia Ofeimum's lengthy and rather engaging piece titled: "Bola Ige owner of the game" got the best of our attention while it ran. Ofeimun was actually reacting, as it turned out, to the bad...

Ikhariale's pseudo intellectualism By Ade Akintiilo

MIKE Ikhariale’s rejoinder in the Vanguard of Friday May 10, 2002 to my article titled. “In defence of the Ota endorsement” and published in the Guardian on April 24, 2002 made an interesting reading...

Illusions of sovereignty by Tony Momoh

We need a conference if we must live together. The conference must be national since we have more than 350 national groups in this country. But must the conference be sovereign? This is the question, if not stupid, definitely why...

Volume #5

Ilorin Irredentism and the Burden Of Internal Colonization by Mobolaji Aluko

Introduction "It was recently reported that on Sunday, October 15, 2000, an armed group of allegedly Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) members headed for Ilorin in a bold attempt to install a Yoruba Oba of...

Imo Throws in Abia Towel / Abuja Swears in Anambra Senators By Mobolaji E. Aluko

For background, please see: STAR REPORT: The Whole Story - Elder Dan Imo’s "My Stolen Mandate…." STAR DUPLICATION: Anambra’s Multiple Legislators - 6 Senators Instead of 3...

The Impact Of Voodoo Economics On The Politics Of Some Emergent Banana Republics In The Gulf Of Guinea By Kòmbò Mason Braide (PhD)

The Arcane Vocabulary Of Voodoo Economics. In 1919, the World Series baseball match between the Chicago Black Sox and the Cincinnati Reds ended in complete absurdity...

Impeachment in Nigeria By Edwin Madunagu

ON August 13, 2002, the House of Representatives passed a resolution asking the President to resign within 14 days, or be impeached. The motion catalogued presidential offences which, to the House, amounted to "grave misconduct"...

THE IMPEACHMENT MYTH VERSUS THE NIGERIAN REALITY By Mike Ikhariale

The word "impeachment" must rank as the most popular term in the post-military lexicon of Nigeria. For the better part of the second half of this year, nothing else mattered in the country beside the declared intention of the National Assembly members...

Impeachment: The Facts, the Fallacies By Eziuche Ubani

The motion of the House of Representatives, directing President Olusegun Obasanjo to resign or be impeached has ignited a swirl of emotions around the country. Indeed, no issue since the return of democracy in 1999 has generated as much debate...

The Imperative of a National Dialogue By Pini Jackson

WHEREAS it can be said that this government set out on 29 May 1999 on the journey to democracy with majority of Nigerians, I doubt, however, if the government and the people of Nigeria are walking towards the same direction...

The Imperative Of A Single Term by C. Don Adinuba

The Nigerian media and civil society are enchanted by the progressive concept in politics, in spite of the obviously very little understanding of progressivism either in its universal sense or in its Nigerian particularity...

Imperative of an ideology in the Niger Delta renaissance By Bobson Gbinije

“... If The Niger Delta Predicament is not unraveled and is allowed to fester until its heroes derive inspiration and who knows, maybe assistance from Overseas sources, it will be too late to quench the fire.”...

Imperative of owner control of resources By Chukwudifu Ikeazor

THE reliance of all on a single finite commodity (oil) for the finance of everything from states creation to sharia system and bloated bureaucracies has led to the collapse of innovation incentive in the Nigerian political economy...

The Imperatives of Constitutional and Electoral Reforms in Nigeria by Mobolaji E. Aluko

INTRODUCTION I am often engaged in vigorous discussions with Nigerian compatriots who argue that all Nigeria presently needs is a GOOD LEADER,...

The imperatives of Delta's 'Road Map' to peace By Mike Ikhariale

Contrary to some viewpoints that the problems amongst some communities in Delta state are intractable, my own gut feeling is that, as things are now, the parties to these needless internecine wastages are...

Implications of Population Growth for the Nigerian Economy and the Environment by Ibrahim Mantu

It came and passed quietly. Tuesday 5th, last week, was the World Environmental Day; a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to sensitize humankind of the importance of the environment...

The Impropriety of That Otta Farm "Invasion" By Mobolaji E. Aluko

INTRODUCTION Since president Obasanjo takes foreign views about himself far more seriously than home-constituency views – recall his exasperated admission of pro-Sufiya Husseini "harrassment" by...

"In Pursuance of the Yoruba Agenda" by Soboyejo A.Awosika-Coker

“When the wicked flourish, they imagine that their prayers are answered…but the holy books, the Bible and the Q’uran, tell us that they flourish for a while only to perish totally in the end.” -- --- Chief Obafemi Awolowo...

IN A COUNTRY WITH MANY APPARENT CONTRADICTIONS IS THERE HOPE FOR A SHARED DESTINY? By Christopher Odetunde, Ph.D

The mid course correction needed for democracy to take root in Nigeria can only be made by the electorates themselves. For far too long, the highly spirited Nigerians have been broken by the...

In Defence Of Nonsense By Adebayo Williams

Sanley Macebuh is arguably the foremost Nigerian intellectual journalist of his generation. Having returned to the country in the late seventies after a distinguished career in the United States, both...

In Defense of Northern Youths for Democracy and Justice (NYDJ), the Northern Democratic Forum (NDF) and Minister Bola Ige. By Musa Adamu Mbahi, M.D.

Nigeria is yet again going through a very tumultuous time in its history. It is at the proverbial cross-roads of achieving manifest destiny of greatness, or continuing in the rudderless direction it has been going for most of it’s 40 years of...

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