Living Dangerously

These are trying times for Nigeria’s president and the country he leads 21.02.2006 Nigeria’s volatile but oil-rich Niger Delta region has quaked again. For the second time in less than a month, militant youths kidnapped international oil workers and threatened to blow up oil pipelines and installations. Multinational oil giant, Shell, shut down twenty percent […]

Deconstructing the Third Term Mantra

21.02.2006 By describing it as a “bogey”, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu’s recent satiric approach to the third term mantra has added a rather interesting dimension to it and he came down heavily on his former colleagues of the written word by blaming them for generating an unnecessary and unwarranted hypnosis on a vacuous inanimate creature. I […]

Obasanjo, Atiku and Imperial Presidentialism

27.09.2005 It started with that THISDAY interview. Nigeria’s hitherto taciturn Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has ruffled some feathers with his comments that have been construed to represent an affront on his boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo. When the Vice President granted what I consider a harmless interview to THISDAY newspapers, two issues stood out from it. […]

The Other Side of Atiku’s Talk

08.09.2005 The ongoing gyrations created by recent comments from Nigeria’s Vice President Atiku Abubakar seems to have distracted us from the imperativeness of other aspects of his remarks on our democracy. As we approach the presidential politics of 2007, it will be very important to note and amplify useful contributions to national discourse, even if […]

Let’s Celebrate Debt Relief

08.08.2005 The ongoing debate on the comprehensive debt treatment for Nigeria recently announced by the Paris Club of creditor countries has generated diverse viewpoints on the substance of the matter. In a recent tendentious commentary by former Finance Minister, Dr. Chu S. P. Okongwu, he (in tandem with some other recent articles) raised a number […]

Procurement Reforms: We Need Due Process

07.06.2005 How times change. In days of yore, we are told that contractors wishing to do business with government just walk into the appropriate agency to get relevant information regarding procurement contract notices, prepares a bid, and if successful after a competitive and transparent process, executes the contract without much ado. But with the venality […]

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

26.05.2005 Those of us that were fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on preferences) to watch the National Television Authority’s belated airing of a documentary on the recent visit of President Olusegun Obasanjo to Britain noticed a remarkable statement in the president’s Commonwealth Lecture delivered at the University of London and titled, ‘The Commonwealth in the 21st […]

Whither Privatization?

13.04.2005 In analysing the series of events last month, it is easy to deduce that the instability in Nigeria’s privatization process has been brought to the fore once again by the dramatics of March. The NITEL/Pentascope revelations, the Privatization Shares Purchase Loan Scheme investigations, the sacking of Dr. Julius Bala as Director General of the […]

Strengthening African Democracy

12.03.2005 Africa has come a long way. In I960, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan stood in the South African Parliament and noticed a “wind of change” blowing across the continent. Exactly three decades later, in 1990 US President George Bush proclaimed a “new world order” in which “the rule of law supplants the rule of […]

Bigger Than Obasanjo And Ogbeh

05.01.2005 We are accustomed with spoken and written words warning past and present Nigerian leaders of the declining conditions of our nation. However, the unique thing about the letter that the Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh’s wrote to President Olusegun Obasanjo is that it came from not just a member of the ‘family’ […]

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