Under-Reading Violence, By Wole Soyinka

For the avoidance of all doubt, let it be clearly stated that I am against political violence from any direction and for whatever reason. I especially deplore the stoning of President Jonathan’s campaign convoy. I go even further: I caution those who were responsible that if the assigned protection corps for this nation’s president overreact and respond with bullets, no one should scream... read more

One Nation Bound in Freedom, Peace and Unity, By Muhammad Buhari

As our nation approaches perhaps the most crucial election in our history, all true patriots are called to deeper reflection of the basic ingredients that bind the nation together- our common freedom, peace and unity. This reflection is even more relevant in the face of the illegal postponement of the general elections- a feat achieved through various sinister ploys and with the sole aim of... read more

Black History Month And Its Significance To Black Youth By Kika Otiono

I am not told stories of conquest by Africans. I am not reminded of the beauty of Maya Angelou’s words, the marvelous tremble in Miriam Makeba’s vocals, and the plight of Nelson Mandela under the crushing presence of apartheid. At most, we speak about Martin Luther King Jr., though the conversation rarely reaches farther than his “I Have a Dream” speech. It is difficult to feel... read more

Nigeria's Military And The Woes Of A Nation By Bekee Anyalewechi

Coup d’états occurred the number of times athletes changed batons in a single race. Soldiers and their comrades threw away that glorious espirit de corp, preferring instead to embrace “espirit come-and-raid”, and truly, they have raided us flat. Massive corruption, human right abuses, economic malfeasance ate deep into the Armed Forces DNA.



When I was... read more

2015 Elections: Why Jega Must Clear His Name Or Face The Consequences By Chinedu Rylan

In football, which we all love down here in Nigeria, if a referee is found to have made a prejudiced decision which clearly and unfairly puts one team at a disadvantage, while favouring the opposing side, he (if found guilty) is promptly disciplined by the appropriate authority.

This was demonstrated in the recently concluded African Cup of Nations which was held in Equatorial Guinea... read more

The Nigeria I See By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

There is a strong temptation to compare life in Nigeria and life outside of Nigeria. This temptation is noble if it would motivate citizens to work towards a more decent life at home. But it is depriving if it lures away Nigeria's best and brightest from the motherland.


The temptation to give up on Nigeria is common among Nigerians that have... read more

Council of State Has No Power To Postpone Elections, By Femi Falana

The Council of State is one of the Federal executive bodies established by Section 153(1) of the Constitution. The Council is constituted by the President as the Chairman, Vice President as the Deputy Chairman, all former Presidents and all former Heads of the Government of the Federation, all former Chief Justices, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the... read more

An Open Letter To The Nigerian Voter, By ‘Gbenga Sesan

Dear Fellow Nigerian,

Thank you for taking the time to read this, as I know you have a lot on your plate.


Let me start by acknowledging that regardless of what I write in the next few paragraphs, some of our fellow citizens will go ahead to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan on FeBuhari 14, 2015. To those sworn supporters of the president, you have our respect but I... read more

Nigerian Newspapers and The Loss of Corporate Social Responsibility, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What does “corporate social responsibility” mean for a media organisation? Does it matter? What measure exists for it?


Those questions raced through my mind as I saw the front pages of the Punch, the Guardian and Sun newspapers on Monday, January 19, 2015. The Sun prides itself as a tabloid, maybe it can be forgiven. Has the Punch and the Guardian gone tabloid? Those are... read more

“Je suis Charlie” and Nigerian Envy, By Okey Ndibe

On January 7, two gunmen stormed—later identified as Islamist activists of Algerian descent—stormed the editorial headquarters of “Charlie Hebdo,” an irreverent, anti-religious weekly publication. In an attack that seemed to be over in a flash, the gunmen executed 12 people, including editor Stephane Charbonnier, several other editorial staff and two police officers.

The gunmen were on... read more