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Democracy and Governance

The Imperative of Signing the Electoral Act

The Imperative of Signing the Electoral Act

The whole country is on tenterhooks as Nigerians await presidential assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill transmitted to him on the 7th of November. I am not aware of…

Winning the War against Boko Haram

Winning the War against Boko Haram

On Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari declared that the war against Boko Haram is a “must win” so that Nigeria can forge ahead in its quest for even development and national…

2019: The Campaigns Have Begun, So, What’s On Offer?

2019: The Campaigns Have Begun, So, What’s On Offer?

  My dear five friends, and the 54 other presidential candidates, I encourage you to set new standards in political campaigning in our dear country. Please engage Nigerians on issues…

Nigerian Democracy and the Threat of Transactional Politics

Nigerian Democracy and the Threat of Transactional Politics

Vote buying is therefore the worst form of transactional politics that is compromising our democracy. The greatest challenge we have in conducting the 2019 general elections is to ensure as…

The Nigerian Left and the Future of Politics

The Nigerian Left and the Future of Politics

The meeting urged the political left to support comrades who are running for public offices on credible progressive platforms. In so doing, the political left would commit itself to promoting…

Islamic Movement in Nigeria: Ending the Killing spree

Islamic Movement in Nigeria: Ending the Killing spree

It is very sad, disturbing and totally unacceptable that the Nigerian Army established to protect the lives of Nigerians would regularly resort to the use of a section of Nigerians…

Civilian-led Security governance in Post-Boko Haram Nigeria

Civilian-led Security governance in Post-Boko Haram Nigeria

The Nigerian military are currently deployed in 32 States in all zones in the country trying to quell internal strife and violent conflict. The resurgence of violence in Kaduna State…

Researching and Understanding African Societies

Researching and Understanding African Societies

A clear winner of the West African crisis is China, which is increasing its commerce with the zone, extracting natural resources for its own benefit but also contributing to the…

Party Primaries, Direct and Indirect Dismissal of Popular Mandate

Party Primaries, Direct and Indirect Dismissal of Popular Mandate

Four years ago, I started my column on primaries as follows: “Yes we are in the season of anomie as party primaries are conducted in blatant violation of the Electoral…

Preventing Electoral Violence

Preventing Electoral Violence

The meeting ended on the note that Nigeria cannot afford democratic regression, so all stakeholders need to work together and support INEC in producing elections that are as good as…