The Flag of The Alternate Boko Haram

As the calendar turns, the Nigerian leadership would be wise to contemplate a nagging problem that beset the country in the old year and one that will continue to trouble the nation if not urgently and comprehensively addressed. The question –it's the most important conceivable question of the year 2017 –is:

Before The Ultimate Grace to Grass Story…

President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption profile is fading. The bogeyman mystique that constitutes the essence of his public persona is increasingly being revealed as an absent and abstract construct. Surprisingly, it is the masquerade himself who has been demystifying the man behind the mask. His chief of staff, Mr. Abba Kyari, is

Why Are Nigerian IDPs Starving To Death?

The most muted fact about Nigeria today is that it is the site of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. There are as many human beings starving to death daily in Nigeria as in war-torn South Sudan. Thousands of Nigerians have already died from hunger and hundreds of

Patience Jonathan, Her Money Ritual and Her Meaning of Peace

You know in your head that you should be inured to corruption stories by now. Since the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in the election of March 28, 2105 and the change of government that was consummated on May 29, 2015, you have been inundated with a staple of scandals

Before The Umpteenth ‘Herdsmen’ Attack…

If a perceptive artist was commissioned to draw a portrait of President Muhammadu Buhari, he would have to think of how to present an image of a conflicted, two-faced commander in chief. Buhari is a hawk and a dove. A lion and a lamb. A war monger and a pacifist.   He

Starving To Death in The Caring Bosom of Nigeria

The condition of Nigerians in the internally displaced persons camps is a grave irony. They managed to escape the sword of Boko Haram. Now, they are dying avoidably in their secure refuges. They are starving to death in the caring bosom of Nigeria! The story of the misery of the IDPs and

Bring Back Our Girls and The Fourth Wall of Aso Rock

On Monday, a peaceful and orderly group of Nigerians, comprising Bring Back Our Girls advocates and some parents of the 200 Chibok girls, assembled at the Unity Fountain, Abuja. They set out for Aso Rock thereafter.  Their aim was to reach the Nigerian presidency with their presence and to prick the conscience of

Mayowa Ahmed and The Story of A Silent Genocide

Mayowa Ahmed is dead. The cancer sufferer passed away in the early hours of Sunday. She was a victim of the state-sponsored genocide that is silently decimating the Nigerian poor.   Mayowa would have lived longer or even beat the disease if the circumstances of her birth were different. She would still be

The Soldier Punctured Our Eyes

One of the worst misfortunes a Nigerian can experience is to fall into the hands of an angry Nigerian soldier. There is no predicting the inhumanity that will ensue. The potential victim stands the risk of sustaining a physical injury that would follow him to the grave and an emotional