Some random thoughts on Nigeria
I have decided to share some random thoughts and questions that have been playing in my head with you this week. In no particular order, here they are.
Ita Faji and politicisation of national tragedy
The penchant to politicize national tragedies has reached alarming proportion in our dear nation. Could it be a hangover of the 2019 election or a build up to the 2023 change of baton? Does the ambition ....
The low turnout problem
Democracy is often a series of new problems to solve. One such new-ish problem that really became acute in this electoral cycle is that of low turnouts.
Things are getting better
Justice Ephraim Akpata did not postpone the 1999 elections. Abel Guobadia did not postpone the 2003 elections. The notorious Maurice Iwu did not postpone the equally notorious 2007 elections. But since 2011, every election has been postponed for one reason or the other.
Nigeria’s next big reform
Every time you see a building in Nigeria with “This house is not for sale” painted on it, it is a stark and painful reminder about Nigeria’s failure to reform one of the most critical ingredients for economic development in any society. Since 1978 when it came into being, Nigeria’s Land Use Act (LUA) has…
Afonja and the weakness of memory
In the second verse of the second chapter of the book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament, God is having a conversation with the prophet during which he tells him “write the vision and engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets” [AMP].
How Nigerian politicians are the luckiest in the world
Admit it - Nigeria’s politics is very entertaining and fun to watch. Yes, Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world but so what? The same Nigeria is very rich in what my kids like to call shenanigans.
The SARS Betrayal
Like any normal Thursday, the young man, an artisan, settled to his dinner in his living room with his friend and co-worker after a hard day’s work. They took off their shirts and plugged their phones to charge in a socket nearby.
How to save Nigeria from NNPC
Nigeria has had very many dark days. A series of unfortunate events has meant that the country has never quite managed to live up to its potential. But one particularly terrible dark day - April 1, 1977 - stands out as the biggest economic disaster that has so far befallen Nigeria since independence.