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A Parable of the President’s Church


By Okey Ndibe Most big Nigerian politicians encounter no law – divine or secular – they feel tempted to observe. In fact, to be a prominent politician is to be above all laws, God’s and man’s alike. Last week, a Nigerian daily, Thisday, wrote an editorial to scold President Goodluck Jonathan for reportedly accepting the […]

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Nigeria’s Dictatorship Fantasy


Thousands of Nigerians suffered detention, torture and death in the fight to end the brutalizing legacy of military dictatorship in our country. The struggle to banish the military from the helm of our affairs was fueled, to a great extent, by a sense that our safest bet resided in enthroning a democratic system. In mounting […]

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(Not) Negotiating with Ghosts


By Okey Ndibe I was reading a report in last Sunday’s edition of the Punch titled “FG Rules out Direct Talks with Boko Haram” when a statement by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, jumped out at me. According to the paper, Mr. Abati confirmed that the Goodluck Jonathan administration was not in direct talks with Boko […]

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My Fears for Nigeria


I have had cause to be tempted sometimes to merely sit back and watch events as they unfold in Nigeria without getting involved. The temptation is borne out of the fact that our efforts at building a virile and progressive nation has always failed largely due to our own making. But as a patriot and […]

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Earnest race to the Promised Land


By Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed ‘We have no other country than Nigeria; we must therefore remain in it to salvage it together.’ This was the concluding part of the maiden broadcast by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari after his ascension to power on 31st December 1983 following a military coup staged by a group of ambitious army generals that […]

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