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Wanted in Nigeria: Politics for development


By Tonnie Iredia Political scientists offer varying definitions for the term, ‘politics’ making it easy for everyone to latch-on to what validates his disposition. In Nigeria, the definition which seems to have gained ground over the years is that which sees politics as the struggle for power for the purpose of controlling government resources. The
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Kogi, vote

Setting the agenda for Edo 2020

By Tonnie Iredia Formal electioneering campaigns in Edo and Ondo states got legal impetus last week following the reaffirmation of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to conduct governorship elections in both states as scheduled in spite of the subsisting pandemic. Political parties in the country that had earlier served as mere distraction to governance
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BREAKING: Not over for Uzor Kalu as EFCC sets for fresh, immediate retrial

For once, let us applaud EFCC

By Tonnie Iredia A cursory look at the history of Nigeria’s foremost anti-graft agency – the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC would place credence on the view that it was only in the first few years of its existence that a few people probably remembered to applaud the agency. Thereafter till now, it has been
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Nigerian governors that are above our Constitution

By Tonnie Iredia The ideals of governance such as free education and other developmental projects which citizens can look up to from their government are contained in Chapter 2 of the Nigerian constitution titled ‘Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy.’ Unfortunately, the objectives are classified as ‘not justiciable’ rendering it impracticable for anyone
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Palliative: They expect Nigerians to live on N167 per day

Many Nigerian patriots are not in government

By Tonnie Iredia In developing societies, people in government are always unduly defensive in their public utterances; each press statement is always a rejoinder while every broadcast interview is to correct certain so-called public misconceptions. This has in fact been the thrust of our information management approach in Nigeria since the colonial times. The ongoing
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Now, where are our politicians?

By Tonnie Iredia For the first time in many years, Nigeria has in the last few days operated like most countries of the world where day to day happenings are premised mainly on what government is doing.  Earlier, the only thing that was happening in Nigeria was politics, politics, and politics, without governance. As at
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