Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Sam Amadi

    How McCain inspired Nnamani’s third term heroics

How McCain inspired Nnamani’s third term heroics

So, Senator John McCain finally lost the battle. The war veteran won many battles and lost a few. Notably, he lost the presidential election to Barack Obama. Now he has lost another battle to death, the grim reaper. But, this was one battle everyone expected him to lose sooner or later. So, the real deal is not that he lost [...]

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    Fixing Imo: Between politics and leadership

Fixing Imo: Between politics and leadership

As Nigeria prepares for a new beginning after the 2019 elections it is important to consider the affairs of the states. They have been much more remiss in democratic accountability and effective management than the federal government. Whilst Nigeria’s civil society and its international confederates are helping to build the capacity of the federal government for democratic and effective governance, [...]

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    Jacob Zuma: Another lesson to Nigeria

Jacob Zuma: Another lesson to Nigeria

On the Valentine night a major shift took place. President Zuma, who had boasted that he would not bow down to the ANC’s request that he resigns from office, suddenly bowed out. President Zuma in a televised speech argued that although his party was wrong to demand his resignation but for the good of the party he would bow out [...]

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    Herdsmen conflict: Neo-feudalism and its problems

Herdsmen conflict: Neo-feudalism and its problems

The bloodletting in the Benue is a classic case of ‘The Heart of Darkness’. Of course, there are ceremonies of death across the world. If ISIS or such Islamic terror organizations are not bombing the shit out of some global metropolis like London, Paris or New York; then hurricane and other natural disasters are killing hundreds. So we seem to [...]

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    Like Ken Saro-Wiwa, like Nnamdi Kanu

Like Ken Saro-Wiwa, like Nnamdi Kanu

Today is 22 years since the Nigerian state killed Ken Saro-Wiwa on the allegation of murder of Ogoni Chiefs. Ken Saro-Wiwa was tried alongside other Ogoni leaders and citizens, including Mr. Ledum Mittee for allegedly instigating and killing their brothers. The death of those Ogoni chiefs was an unfortunate and unexpected turn of event, occasioned by intolerable disagreement on the [...]

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    A sustainable framework for effectively managing agitation and protests

A sustainable framework for effectively managing agitation and protests

Nigeria today is trapped in the cusps of protests and agitations, sometimes violent and sometimes peaceful. It is arguable that, perhaps except in the heyday of Abacha’s brutal military dictatorship, Nigeria has never faced this degree of militant opposition against it by its citizens and citizens groups. Different social and political groups are challenging the legitimacy and utility of the [...]

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    A sustainable framework for effectively managing agitation and protests

A sustainable framework for effectively managing agitation and protests

Nigeria today is trapped in the cusps of protests and agitations, sometimes violent and sometimes peaceful. It is arguable that, perhaps except in the heyday of Abacha’s brutal military dictatorship, Nigeria has never faced this degree of militant opposition against it by its citizens and citizens groups. Different social and political groups are challenging the legitimacy and utility of the [...]

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    Osinbajo Committee is unconstitutional and should be disbanded

Osinbajo Committee is unconstitutional and should be disbanded

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 the Special Adviser on Media to the President issued a press statement announcing the suspension from office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal and the Director of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke on allegations of corrupt practices. The press statement reports that, “President Muhammadu Buhari [...]

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    Corporate governance for churches: A miscarriage of regulation

Corporate governance for churches: A miscarriage of regulation

Last week the nation woke up to any unscripted opera. The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor EA Adeboye, suddenly announced that he was stepping down as the General Overseer of the church in Nigeria on account of a little known Nigerian law. The law issued by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) required that founders [...]

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    Ojo Maduekwe: The politician as a thinker

Ojo Maduekwe: The politician as a thinker

One distinction of Ojo Maduekwe, even as a politician, is that he was primarily a thinker. He loved ideas and tasked himself to think clearly about the issues of the day. Chief Ojo Maduekwe was, amongst other things, arguably Nigeria’s foremost and most authentic example of the intellectual in politics. Perhaps, we don’t have his likes anymore. May be, we [...]

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    We should be only Nigerians

We should be only Nigerians

Nigeria is today at a very difficult time. The nation is witnessing the most severe crisis of multidimensional nature. Severe economic crisis is coming at the heels of unrelenting terrorist attack. The present administration is challenged on two fronts: defeating terrorists and imprisoning corrupt leaders. Nigerians believe that their country is much more corrupt than the Transparency International Index may [...]

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    After China: Lessons on economic development

After China: Lessons on economic development

President Buhari is back from China. It is now official. No loan agreements were signed. The president facilitated critical investment agreements between Nigerian businesses and Chinese equipment manufacturers or funding agencies. The visit is over leaving us with debate about its benefits and losses. Some believe that the visit signals government’s new fascination with the eastern model of economic development. [...]

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    Nigeria: Beyond prayer

Nigeria: Beyond prayer

When we pray for Nigeria we pray as if it is prayer that will restore Nigeria. No. It is the work of wisdom and knowledge that will restore Nigeria. If God answers our prayer, he will select and empower men and women with wisdom and courage to work to make Nigeria great. It was not God who built the Tabernacle [...]

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    Kaduna anti-preaching law: A regulatory misstep

Kaduna anti-preaching law: A regulatory misstep

The proposed Kaduna State new law on religion is generating controversy. This is expected. Any law that tries to regulate the exercise of religion in a society with deep religious consciousness, like Nigeria, is bound to generate strong disputation. This is more so in an environment of distrust, discredit and distemper. As expected, people have taken different positions for and [...]

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    Leadership as a creative enterprise

Leadership as a creative enterprise

The search for effective leadership should be a prime occupation in these days of tragedies and failures in the world. Some year ago, TIME magazine carried a report on leadership in the world. The report lamented that the leadership shoe was oversize and there were not many contemporaries then who could fit into the shoe. The report ended on a [...]

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    Salient points about the new electricity pricing in Nigeria

Salient points about the new electricity pricing in Nigeria

The recent protests against the increase in electricity prices should not be only about street rallies and picketing of state institutions. It should also be about debating policies to improve supply of electricity to Nigerian homes and businesses. But sadly it is not.After all the anger we should somehow get down to thinking about how we can accelerate and sustain [...]

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