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Politics and morality in Nigeria: A Critical Analysis (4)

Previously, political office holders stole thousands or millions of naira, dollars and pounds sterling; these days they embezzle hundreds of millions and billions which they use to finance absurdly ostentatious lifestyles and buy expensive property both in Nigeria and overseas, while ordinary Nigerians they are supposed to serve wallow in avoidable abject poverty.

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Nigeria, oh Nigeria! (2)

The problems of Nigeria are too serious to be treated cavalierly at this point in time. Therefore, instead of wasting energy and scarce resources celebrating a cretinous giant, Nigerians, especially top members of the ruling class and the bourgeoisie, ought to have spent the day meditating on the problems of the country and how to go about resolving them with renewed vigour, commitment, courage and selflessness. This year’s independence anniversary has come and gone.

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Who shall be our next President? (2)

Obviously that is a limitation, but we are not totally helpless as a result. Media practitioners over the years have improved their information-gathering and investigative capabilities using available technology, to the extent that one can have enough reliable information about prominent individuals (without necessarily meeting them face-to-face) which otherwise would not have been possible.

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The case for benevolent dictatorship in Nigeria(3)

We are not claiming that all the actions taken by Yew and Rawlings are flawless or that after their transformatory exploits all Singaporeans and Ghanaians respectively have been “living happily ever after.” Both countries are still grappling with the usual problems of nation-building, including the perennial issues of poverty and equitable distribution of wealth among the citizens.

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The case for benevolent dictatorship in Nigeria(2)

Yet, that does not mean that all socio-political revolutions are useless or that reform is always the best option. In a decadent country like Nigeria, if members of the ruling elite are impervious to the yearnings and aspirations of the people and continue to behave as if the entire country belongs to them, the case for radical change becomes more compelling. Now, has the ruling elite in Nigeria been sensitive and responsive to the welfare of Nigerians?

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The case for benevolent dictatorship in Nigeria(1)

As Nigeria moves closer and closer to the 2011 elections, politicians and other stakeholders in the political process have started strategising for the event. Attahiru Jega, a well-known academic who made a name for himself by leading the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) through a successful nationwide strike during the regime of Ibrahim Babangida, is now chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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