Running the Last Mile Against the Run of Play

Even with all the events prior to the 2015 presidential election, a more studious management of the election’s ‘last mile’ would still have re-elected Jonathan.                       Nigeria’s democracy is really evolving. My egbon, Olusegun Adeniyi’s book, Against the Run of Play, is a prudent inventory […]

Change and Its Discontents

In his first year in office, President Buhari confronted the arduous task of managing change and continuity in delivering on his promises. How time flies. After one year in office, we can presume that the honeymoon is over for President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration. The jury may still be out on any reasonable assessment […]

My Biafra

What does it mean? What does it reject and what does it create? Like me, Olaudah Equiano is an Igbo man, but he was sold into slavery in the 18th century. In his book published in 1789 and titled “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African” he wrote […]

Our Last Best Chance?

We need to see a remarkable change in presidential leadership to make that great leap forward. I have taken my title from a book written by King Abdullah II of Jordan. It came to mind as I bundled my thoughts on the 6-month presidency of Muhammadu Buhari, especially against the backdrop that the colour and […]

Tough Choices

One of the biggest dangers for Nigeria and the Buhari presidency is to be too eager to do too much to fulfil populist demands. The 21st Nigerian Economic Summit focused on the tough choices needed to achieve competitiveness, inclusive growth and sustainability. We know that Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and the 26th […]

One Moment in Time

The recent elections in the National Assembly was a defining moment for the governing party and our country. 14.06.2015 The election of the presiding officers of the 8th National Assembly generated so much heat that it probably increased global warming. It also created a lot of excitement and, very importantly, varying discourses from different sides […]

Leadership in a Time of Change

As Nigerians usher in an era of change, we need a leadership that is crafted for such a time as this. 01.06.2015 It is hard to define leadership but we know it when we see it. But as Lord Bryce reminds us “perhaps no form of government needs great leaders as much as democracy” because […]

Rethinking Regionalism

On restructuring and devolution of powers, Nigeria can retrofit 1960 regionalism to 2015 realities. 02.05.2015 A number of Nigerians still believe that this 100-year old amalgam is in dire need of structural changes. This conclusion is hinged on three central themes: political restructuring, devolution of powers and fiscal federalism. Since these issues are tied together […]

Jonathan and the margin of 3 million votes

If the 2011 elections were held today, the majority of tossed up votes will go from the president’s corner. 10.12.2014 The stage is now set for the 2015 presidential elections. President Goodluck Jonathan has emerged as the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) while the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has Maj. Gen. […]

Mr. President, To Be Or Not To Be?

The timing of the decision is as important as the decision itself! 21.07.2010 The decision to run in 2011 is one that President Goodluck Jonathan should take without delay and I want to make that point right away. Not a few members of the commentariat have argued against taking such a decision in a hurry […]

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