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Who do you owe allegiance to: Corruption vs the common good

As we know, the very concept of corruption in Nigeria is contested. I’m surprised no one has thought of making “yam and goat” t-shirts or bumper stickers. I recently read an article by Susan Rose-Ackerman, an American political scientist in which she writes that to defeat corruption, one must analyse and understand the link between state and society in a given country.

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The banality of evil in Nigeria

The “banality of evil” is a concept created by Hannah Arendt, a Jewish political theorist who escaped Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. The idea refers to the ease with which ordinary people can be culpable of the most evil, horrendous things if they believe, or are persuaded by a higher authority that their actions are either justified or a part of their duty.

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Should religion and ethnicity play a role in politics?

If one is to believe Section 10 of the Nigerian Constitution which reads: “The Government of the Federation or of a state shall not adopt any religion as a state religion” then it is clear that Nigeria is a secular state. Section 14(2) (a) further states: “sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom Government through this Constitution derives all its powers and authority”.

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Witch-hunts in global perspective

The idea of a witch-hunt seems to be trending now in Nigeria, as everyone with a case to answer believes he or she is being witch-hunted, forgetting the evidence presented by the courts to justify the case’s existence. Another very famous witch-hunt is currently taking place in the United States and if you’re familiar with the term “Benghazi” you’re sure to already know about it.

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Colonial mentality

HOW did corruption become a way of life in Nigeria? This question should be of the utmost importance to the Presidency and of course to the future minister of information whose role, if not for the “job for the boys syndrome” should have remained combined with that of the minister of culture (and by extension tourism). Nigeria’s national orientation, our inability to unanimously condemn wrongdoing, is perhaps our country’s greatest problem.

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The end of an era: impunity be gone

THINKING about Nigeria at 55 I am both saddened and immensely hopeful. Saddened because we are not where we should be. Malaysia, Indonesia, which in the 60s and 70s were lagging behind Nigeria, now surpass us in terms of socio-economic development. Nigerians could once swagger on Oxford Street or the Champs Elysee with a buoyancy enabled by the strength of the Naira.

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Nigeria in the year 2030: A new narrative

OUR obsession with the drama and intrigue of politics has relegated discourse on policy and national development to the background. We all know what Saraki is accused of but how many of us can detail his agenda as Senate president? What were his plans to reform a body which in the eyes of the average Nigerian, is merely a retirement home for former governors or for privileged, would-be influential Nigerians, all barely present (or awake when they are physically present)?

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