Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

    The 2020 elections of the NBA will be rigged: Here is how

The 2020 elections of the NBA will be rigged: Here is how

In his infamous letter issued last month to the 1998 transitional President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NA), Chief T.J.O. Okpoko, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), senior Nigerian lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, himself also a SAN, appealed that “it will be a great failure of leadership for the senior advocate to surrender leadership to outer Bar when there are [...]

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    As the supreme court reviews its decision on Imo governorship election

As the supreme court reviews its decision on Imo governorship election

When it sits on Tuesday, 18 February 2020, to consider the application to review its judgment of 14 January in the matter of the petition on the outcome of the March 2019 governorship election in Imo State, Nigeria’s Supreme Court will find itself presented with a signal moment to re-set the balance in the monumental enterprise of election dispute resolution [...]

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    In praise of the soft vengeance Busola Dakolo

In praise of the soft vengeance Busola Dakolo

At the end of June 2019, #MeToo became #ChurchToo in Nigeria. Busola Dakolo, a mother of three who grew up a gifted child was the unlikely heroine in this script. She first laid bare her claims in an interview with Chude Jideonwo, lawyer and co-founder of the digital platform, YNaija. These claims later became the basis for her civil claim [...]

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    The senate’s anti-social media bill is an act of inter-generational warfare

The senate’s anti-social media bill is an act of inter-generational warfare

Senator Mohammed Sani Musa’s anti-social media bill now making its way through Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber in the Senate is worse than a throwback to the worst years of Nigeria’s experience of military rule. It is a hubristic act of inter-generational warfare that must be resisted and defeated. A Senate comprising essentially an analogue generation, whose average age exceeds Nigeria’s [...]

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    Rediscovering virtue in public service

Rediscovering virtue in public service

In the last quarter of 2006, President Obasanjo’s attempt to change the constitution in order to prolong his tenure beyond the allowed two terms had ended in predictable futility. Party primaries were delayed while politicians calibrated the political wind-vane of third term in full motion ahead of Nigeria’s 2007 general elections. In Rivers State, the richest of Nigeria’s oil-producing states in [...]

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    Attorney-General Adoke and the burden of memory

Attorney-General Adoke and the burden of memory

Senior Nigerian public officers are notoriously parsimonious with their recall once out of office. From among their club memoirs are unusual, especially, from those with any sense of lingering shelf-life. It’s easy to speculate as to why this is so. In a country ruled by whim, risk aversion is prudent when you are out of power. By remaining quiet or [...]

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    Let’s talk about ‘fake news’

Let’s talk about ‘fake news’

In the middle of the 2nd World War in 1941, the Johannesburg Star published an editorial which accused Hendrik Verwoerd of “falsifying war news in Germany’s favour.” Verwoerd was the editor of Die Transvaler, the mouthpiece of the Broederbond. Born originally in Amsterdam to Dutch parents in 1901, Verwoerd migrated with his parents to South Africa in 1902, receiving his [...]

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    As Nigeria’s judges get set to cast the final votes in the 2019 elections

As Nigeria’s judges get set to cast the final votes in the 2019 elections

Every election cycle in Nigeria has three seasons. The campaign season belongs to the parties, the politicians and their godfathers. This is followed by the voting season, during which the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hold sway. Thereafter, matters shift to the courts for the dispute resolution season, which belongs to the lawyers (mostly Senior Advocates [...]

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    Elevating virtue: The subversive courage of Oyedapo Oyekunle Olorunyomi

Elevating virtue: The subversive courage of Oyedapo Oyekunle Olorunyomi

Nigeria is a country defined by hierarchies in which everyone is expected to fit neatly into a box. These hierarchies are many and multi-dimensional. They vary in both shape and size and we have signature tunes for sign-posting them. You know a generational put-down when it’s uttered. When you hear, “Am I your mate?” or “your time will come”, it [...]

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    Ihunnaya – a thank you note to mum, my teacher

Ihunnaya – a thank you note to mum, my teacher

It was sometime in late 1991. Uniformed soldiers were still in power in Nigeria. Somewhere in Orlu, in the then Imo State, kinsmen called a meeting with a rather curious agenda. They were worried that one of their sons, a young lawyer, was wasting his talents on opposing military rule and taking government to court, when soldiers wielded power through [...]

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    Undoing the locusts, clogs and fetters – A story of ministering justice

Undoing the locusts, clogs and fetters – A story of ministering justice

Nigeria’s laws, institutions and processes are, for the most part and with some exception, defined by two inherent flaws. One is the flaw of the time warp and the other is the flaw of institutional cross-dressing. Let’s begin with the time warp. Many of the essential norms and institutions that still govern the country that now exists as a democracy have [...]

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    Banditry in Nigeria – a brief history of a long war

Banditry in Nigeria – a brief history of a long war

“Bandits” have emerged as the new bogeyman for insecurity in Nigeria, joining a long (and still growing list) that includes Boko Haram, cultists, herdsmen, kidnappers and militants. In different parts of the North-West, from Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna to Tsafe in Zamfara, Bandits are offered as the trope for an intolerable carnage, and the inexplicable haplessness of a federal government that [...]

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    The unraveling of a ‘brave new bar’ – how NBA elections were corrupted and rigged

The unraveling of a ‘brave new bar’ – how NBA elections were corrupted and rigged

“The manifestation of the wind of thought is not knowledge; it is the ability to tell right from wrong, beautiful from ugly. And this, at the rare moments when the stakes are on the table, may indeed prevent catastrophes, at least for the self” - Hannah Arendt Shortly after 07:00 hours, Lucy (real name protected), received a code on her hand-held device [...]

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    ‘It’s a matter of conscience’: Olatunji Fortunatus Gomez, 1928-2018

‘It’s a matter of conscience’: Olatunji Fortunatus Gomez, 1928-2018

As a wilful leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) prepared in July 2018 to confection the most disgraceful leadership transition in the association’s history, the man who built a reputation over more than half a century as the conscience of the Bar took his leave of earthly proceedings. Olatunji Fortunatus Gomez, who died on 18 July 2018, was a [...]

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    Chamsgate: Understanding the NBA’s latest election rigging scandal

Chamsgate: Understanding the NBA’s latest election rigging scandal

Around 28 July 2018, eligible members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) should vote to elect a new leadership for another two years in a ballot that has become mired in hydra-headed scandals redolent of the kind of heavily rigged elections for which Nigeria is a global prize winner. It will be too much to describe all the scandals associated [...]

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    Buhari’s Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 is an unlawful power-grab

Buhari’s Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 is an unlawful power-grab

When he ran to be Nigeria’s president for the fourth time in 2014, Muhammadu Buhari pleaded that he was a converted democrat. Since Nigerians granted him his wish in 2015, he appears to have found it difficult either to show off the new livery of a converted democrat or to shake off his old habits as a humorless dictator. In [...]

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