PIGB: The Case for the President’s Assent

When you are the president of a country, your signature has extraordinary force. A stroke of your pen can dismantle decades-old monuments. Your imprimatur can change the narrative of a generation. The most important piece of legislation President Buhari will ever sign is lying on his desk. It is the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). […]

Before Boko Haram Kidnaps The Next Batch of School Girls

Judging from the euphoric celebration that greeted Boko Haram’s release of majority of the abducted school girls from Dapchi, a visitor from Mars would jump to the conclusion that the saga had a good ending. The gust of unqualified elation over the freedom of majority of the survivors gave the denouement of the tragedy the […]

Dapchi and The Lie That Boko Haram Has Been Defeated

The Buhari administration relentlessly bruit the whooper that Boko Haram has been defeated. After the supposedly vanquished Boko Haram abducted 105 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State, the falsity of the lie that the terror group has been decimated is now more obvious. So, the premature paeans of victory should cease. The baseless triumphalism should stop. […]

Jacob Zuma’s Long Walk To Darkness

Last Wednesday night, Jacob Zuma beat a hasty retreat from the presidential lectern after he announced his resignation ‘’with immediate effect.’’ Those steps away from the spotlight are the beginning of a lonely walk in darkness. Zuma had docked and dodged and deferred his overdue departure. But on the eve of a no-confidence vote that […]

The Unique Nigerian Fable of A Money-Eating Snake

The proverbial excuse of the lazy American student is ‘‘the dog ate my homework.’’ We now have an analogous fable of the corrupt Nigerian official: ‘’the snake ate my loot.’’ Philomena Chieshe, a female cashier at the Makurdi office of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, told auditors who asked her to account for the 36 […]

The Problem With Obasanjo and His Coalition

Of all the rulers who have contributed to the underdevelopment of Nigeria and the impoverishment of her people, President Olusegun Obasanjo is the most hypocritical and hypercritical. Obasanjo suffers from the excessive need to be seen and heard. His attitude is the very definition of existential superiority: I am Obasanjo and you are not! It […]

Fulani Herdsmen: Time To Boycott Blood Beef

Fulani herdsmen are the freest mass murderers in the world today. They are the only band of active terrorists on this planet that are privileged with explicit immunity. Nigeria has all but officially legitimized their campaign of violent depopulation on Nigerian farmer communities. The government of the day dutifully rationalizes, downplays and whitewashes their butchery. […]

The Grace and Disgrace of Robert Mugabe

History teaches us that dictators tend to rehearse the same tragic script: they indulge the delusion of their own hubris, overreach themselves, and make themselves vulnerable to a disastrous downfall. Robert Mugabe has yet to acquiesce to his removal from office with a formal resignation. But for all practical purposes, Mugabe has bitten the dust. […]

Ibrahim Magu and The Ikoyi Flats Whistleblower

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, told a global forum in Austria a scandalous lie that could discredit the whistleblower policy which is currently helping the anti-graft agency recover troves of public funds from corrupt Nigerian officials. While trying to oversell his prowess at the 7th Conference of State Parties to […]