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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It Is Leadership We Need, Period!

01.09.2004 Leadership sustains democracy. Democracy confers an enduring confidence in man therefore Lord Bryce asserts that “perhaps no form of government needs great leaders as much as democracy”. This is because democracy is etymologically defined as the rule of the people. But masses of people cannot directly run government, so they delegate their power to […]

Democracy and Local Government Reforms

01.09.2004 Reforms. The language of reforms is now the policy lingo of the second term of the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo: economic reforms, electoral reforms, public sector reforms, judicial reforms, pension reforms, budget reforms, political reforms, constitutional reforms, banking reforms, power sector reforms, police reforms, local government reforms, etc.. Despite the submission of the Report […]

The Danger of Failed Expectations

07.06.2004 I remember that day in May 1999. As General Matthew Olusegun Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo took office to become the elected President of Nigeria, the Nigerian people surrendered to him their hopes and expectations. The first term of the Obasanjo presidency is still a subject of contextual debate but ten months into his second term, […]

Deconstructing the Obasanjo presidency

04.26.2003 Such joy. It was that day in May 1999 when the evolution of the Nigerian nation-state took a remarkable turn with the inauguration of a civilian government. The day that marked the emancipation of the Nigerian people from the jackboots of military occupation that had suffused our polity since the overthrow of the Second […]

Ogbonnaya Onu: The Man Was Good

05.01.1995 The resignation of Chief Ernest Shonekan as Head of the Interim National Government on November 16, 1993 and the subsequent emergence of General Sani Abacha as Head of State, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria marked a turning point in the history of Nigeria. One of the […]