Since Nigerians have to change before they can ask Buhari for his promised change, they can simply assume the promised change would never show. Except of course if Buhari leads the way … More Change Begins with Buhari
When you blend “pride goes before a fall” and “whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power”, you get a picture of one of Nigeria’s finest lawmakers … More Honourable Madness
What is the second largest movie industry in the world? Nollywood! The Nigerian counterpart of America’s blockbuster industry is an undisputable ambassador of Nigerian-ness. If literature truly mirrors life, then Nollywood dramas can be said to mirror the Nigerian life. For Nollywood, apologies to Kunle Afolayan and similar divergents, movies are dramas in multiple parts. … More Senior Advocates and a Certificate
“Gbam, gbam, gbam, gbam, gbam, gbam!” May 29, 2015, the military’s parade drums heralded the entry of Muhammadu Buhari, former military head of state, now executive President of the Unitarily Federal Republic of Nigeria. In the course of the election campaigns, he and the APC had offered Nigerians a new era. That promise of “change” … More Celebrating an Elusive Change
When political parties choose slogans, it is expected that some form of intellectual energy is expended in the search for a worthy slogan. A party’s slogan captures its essence (real or make-believe). For years, the People’s Democratic Party blasted the airwaves with “Power to the People”. Now, a year after being knocked off its pedestal, … More Changing the Change that Changed the Change
The Nigerian political sphere is characterized by intrigues and bizarre plots. In most of these political plots, the plight of the common Nigerian is hardly considered. It’s all about politics. One man removed petroleum subsidy, and fled back after intense opposition. Another claimed subsidy did not exist, yet paid huge sums as subsidy. Mr. Thomas … More There Was a Subsidy
During electioneering campaigns, politicians are known for one thing—making lots of promises. These promises range from the conservative to the quixotic spectrum. One promise apparently attributed to the new administration is now causing some headache—or should I say, “Twitter ache”.
Recently, I chanced upon a TV programme in which contemporary national political issues were being discussed. Much of the discourse filtered through my ears except for one statement that struck me. One of the panellist said, “Nigerians are the new Opposition”. That statement is the seed for this article.
The long-awaited Nigerian presidential election has come and resulted in a change in the ruling party. General Muhammadu Buhari would be sworn in as President Goodluck Jonathan’s replacement. While many Nigerians celebrate, we must not be under any illusion that this is the end. This is just the beginning of a long journey to reposition Nigeria—a journey that would require unity, the input of all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious or political affiliation. … More It’s Time to Move Forward
The Nigerian ship is in a dismal state. Expectedly, Nigerians seek a better condition, hence the proclivity for political parties to adopt campaign slogans such as “change” and “transformation”. However, for there to be real change in this country, some structures need to be put in place. Such structures would guide Nigeria from a place of mere wishful thinking to a place of fulfilled dreams. … More Structures for Real Change