Nomination of Ministers: Art of the Possible?

So, after four months in office, Mr. Buhari finally presents a full list of ministerial nominees. The character of the two lists submitted to the Senate has been described as shocking, by Nigerians who voted overwhelmingly for change. The first list has 21 names most of which Change Activists appear uncomfortable with, and the second list has 16 names of relatively unknowns. How did President Buhari end up with a line up so out of character with

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Fixing the Trouble with Nigeria?

President Muhammadu Buhari’s style of leadership, despite lots of criticism, could well turn out to be just what Nigeria needs at this stage in her development. In Chinua Achebe’s 1983 book ‘The Trouble with Nigeria’, he states that social miracles could happen. He said this right after he famously and vehemently declared that “the trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership.” If his assertion is true, then perhaps

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Who will minister at Buhari’s New Shrine?

Nigeria is a corporatist society – one in which the direction of State Policy is determined by the resultant of interests of the groups from politics, military, religion, traditional establishments, labour, business, civil society and so on, that manage to capture the State. The emergence of Muhammadu Buhari has threatened that status quo as it seems by fighting corruption and dismantling the structures used by various syndicates, he is laying

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Assembling to Share the National Cake?

What is the purpose of our National Assembly? To act as gatekeepers and toll collectors or to act as a check and balance to the other arms of government (Executive & Judiciary)? What primary function does legislation play in modern society and what therefore should we expect of Legislators? There has been widespread public uproar and debate since PREMIUM TIMES delivered an exposé, on August 18, on federal lawmakers’ pay. The packages of National

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Funds for Development?

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has just sacked his National Security Adviser and relieved the Service Chiefs of their Jobs. For some, this move was long overdue for others it simply adds to the trepidation of the wait as he still seems to be playing his cards very close to his chest. Who will be next? (more…)

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Nigeria’s House of Cards

During the Jonathan administration, we were made to understand that there are three types of “Boko Haram”: first, criminal opportunists who feel they have found a new cover for their crimes; (more…)

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Buhari Promises Reforms And New Policies In Oil And Gas Sector

The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has promised that his administration will undertake appropriate reforms and implement fresh policies to boost national income from oil and gas production. Read more

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Presidential Magic

By May 29, 2015 when the Goodluck Jonathan administration expired, fuel queues had returned and people feared the worst for Buhari's first few months in office. The people groaned under the last bits of Jonathan's rule as Nigeria was slowly being brought to its knees by fuel importers (more…)

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High-Wire Diplomacy?

Ms. Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, Netherlands, in the run up to the 2015 elections, cautioned Nigerian politicians against inciting acts of violence. In an unprecedented move she issued what was a thinly veiled threat against perpetrators of crimes under the Rome Statue, which her establishment has jurisdiction over. (more…)

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Termites in the House

The incoming All Progressives Congress (APC) Government has accused President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of “defecating in the seat” he is vacating. This very graphic but unpalatable imagery used to describe the outgoing government is perhaps excessive and if one were to search for a more diplomatic way to cast it, it might go something like, “under Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s watch, the structure of our economy got well and truly infected by

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