Does A Soldier Have The Right To Protest? By Femi Falana

In the last three months, two sets of soldiers totaling 64, were charged with conspiracy to mutiny and mutiny before a court-martial which sat in Abuja. The “offence” proved against the accused soldiers was that they demanded for adequate weapons to fight the well-equipped and well-motivated troops of the dreaded Boko Haram sect. Although there was no scintilla of evidence to substantiate the... read more

A season for changing our minds, By Tolu Ogunlesi

George Bernard Shaw it was who said: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” An apocryphal quote attributed to the economist John Maynard Keynes echoes Shaw: “When the facts change, I change my mind.”


Generally, in the build-up to elections in Nigeria, plenty of mind-changing happens. Politicians switch... read more

Open letter to Jonathan, Buhari, By Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi

December 22,

Your Excellencies,

Shortly after his appointment as National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoye Andrew Azazi, at his own request, met with me in my office in Lagos to discuss the State of the Nation. It was on the eve of the 2011 elections. I told the General that I was not worried about the conduct of the elections or about the outcome which I expected President Goodluck... read more

Budget 2015: Hopes and Delusions, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Actions, it turns out, do speak louder than words.

In the immediate aftermath of the fall in global oil prices, the consensus amongst most commentators was that Nigeria would be a leading casualty. The current edition of The Economist describes this vulnerability as due to almost entirely to the twin facts that crude oil sale “accounts for 95% of Nigeria’s exports and 75% of its... read more

Debasing Africa’s Largest Economy, By Soji Apampa

There was outrage in Nigeria when the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), at a conference in 2005, “Mapping Sub-Saharan Africa’s Future,”[1] dared to foresee Nigeria’s outright collapse before 2020 dragging down with it a large part of the West Africa region. The... read more

In The Furnace of King Nebu, By Wole Soyinka

I shall not insist that the historic/biblical figure of Nebuchadnezzar is uniquely apt for the pivotal figure of the ‘democratic’ history in the making at this moment — for one thing, Nebu was a nation builder and a warrior.


  One could argue, even more convincingly for the figure of Balthazar, his successor, or indeed, Emperor Nero as reference point — you all remember him —... read more

Can Africa Face Forward By Delegitimising Her New Diaspora? By Pius Adesanmi

If 21st century Africa is a story struggling for equality in the global community of stories, to paraphrase Africa’s most famous novelist, Chinua Achebe, then Bob Geldof, Bono, and international aid and charity organizations are not the only actors seeking a space in that narrative. Continental Africa too is seeking a space in her own story — the first step in telling and owning her own story... read more

2015 and The Gathering Storm

Since advent of Jonathan’s administration, many challenges have conspired to make Nigeria  ungovernable and frustrate him out of office. Some of the challenges are Boko Haram terrorist activities and widespread destruction of lives and properties in Northern Nigeria by Fulani herdsmen. However bloody these terrorist acts may be, core north politicians, A C F and APC often celebrate and use... read more

TB Joshua: The Good And The Ugly By Bunmi Makinwa

Four years ago at Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the following conversation took place between this writer and an immigration officer who was routinely processing the writer’s exit from South Africa. “Were you at the stadium?” “Which stadium?” “Last Saturday at the stadium when the Prophet came.


Four years ago at Oliver Reginald Tambo International... read more

Nigeria We Hail Thee...

By Hannatu Musawa


Behold, Verily, may the world stop and see, The “fortunate tragedy” that befell thee! The former our freedom, gained 1st of October. The latter our canker, our grime, yet moreover;


Behold, Verily, may the world stop and see,

The “fortunate tragedy” that befell thee!

The former our freedom, gained 1st of October.

The latter... read more