Breaking News
Translate

What is Nigeria’s foreign policy?

Macron, May, Merkel: three heads of powerful Western states visited Nigeria in rapid succession and one marvels at the fact that no real summary of what Nigeria benefits from these diplomatic dialogues seems to exist. If it does, it’s neither extensively discussed nor debated. In other climes, foreign policy can either bring down a government or propel it to electoral victory: the consequences of the Iraq war, its perception as a failure by most Americans in part enabled Barack Obama’s victory.

Read More

Politicians take advantage of ignorance: 2019 is the opportunity to show we aren’t all fools

Personal interest in Nigerian politics always seems to supersede the interest of any group. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the National Assembly in recent years. With the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, budget hanging in the balance, Nigerians must be wary of any attempt to sabotage the upcoming elections, as present difficulties are all too reminiscent of the electoral postponement in 2015 and of the last-ditch antics of the now infamous “Orubebe outburst”. Sabotage is a near constant of our politics, so is flouting the rules of decency, morals, ethics and quite frankly, common sense.

Read More

Theatrics in the National Assembly: Who is guilty of sabotage?

Virtually every government in Nigeria was overrun or infiltrated at one point or the other by saboteurs: Goodluck Jonathan himself famously claimed his administration had been infiltrated by Boko Haram sponsors and sympathisers. Government appointees in Nigeria live large and act out a script, sometimes even without the knowledge or endorsement of their principal. They do the bidding of other unseen actors and one often wonders about the process which enables or allows so many strange characters to occupy positions of responsibility.

Read More

Will defections be the beginning of party politics reform in Nigeria?

PARTY politics in Nigeria has been turned into a game: beyond analysis of R-APC, nPDP battles and defections, very few people have bothered to ask how any of these political games and schemes benefit Nigerians. I am yet to read any analysis which details the ideological leanings of any of the main contenders: politics in Nigeria is a game of survival, not of loyalty or convictions.

Read More

Disinterest in politics: A sign of both privilege and delusion

TO a number of well-to-do Nigerians, it doesn’t matter who wins elections, who becomes senator, governor or president, because they believe they will always have access to contracts, businesses and opportunities and that they are above caring how this country is run. Unfortunately, neither the elite nor the middle classes seem to have learnt lessons from the recession or the consequences of free spending, little savings or real investments.

Read More