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8Th Assembly: Now We Are Wiser

Since the conclusion of the March/April general elections, the country has switched from watching the flamboyance and exaggerated promises of ‘Change’ and ‘Transformation/Continuity to the theatre of the absurd that the National Assembly has been turned into by politicians. With the emergence of the opposition All Progressive Congress Party (APC) as the new government at […]

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Deconstructing ‘The Rot’ Alarm

When Nigerians embraced the ‘change’ message of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the last election it was essentially a product of a burning desire to re-establish confidence in governance in the  midst  development gaps that culminated in falling standard of living. The APC as a political party sounded like it knew what the issues […]

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The Symphony Of Empty Treasuries

When the great Shakespeare in one of his iconic plays described the world as a stage, he must have had the Nigerian political system in mind somewhat. Even when the literary legend lived some centuries before the ‘birth’ of present day Nigeria, his assertion aptly describes the Nigerian political system. From civil to military and […]

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The Road To Legislative Independence

“The corruption of the government sets in when the people attempt to govern directly and try ‘to debate’ for the senate, execute for the magistrate, and to decide for the judges”  -Baron De Montesquieu   As I write, the inauguration of the 8th Assembly has just been concluded and the members of the Nigerian National […]

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Northern Governors’ Deafening Silence On IDPs

Nnedi Ogaziechi, nnedis@yahoo.com Before the just concluded general elections, this column had expressed outrage at the hullaballoo over the participation of the hapless Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by some politicians mainly in the Northern parts of the country. Nigerian politicians are not very famous for being overly concerned about any group of people under their jurisdiction […]

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Imo 2015: The die is cast

By Nnedi Ogaziechi   This year’s electioneering campaigns have moved from the hilarious, vacuous, and historical to the most expository about candidates and even the ordinary voter in the street. For almost the first time since 1999, politicians are beginning to realize that the voters matter. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seems to have […]

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We have won!

By Nnedi Ogaziechi   No matter how the pendulum swings in the coming elections, we, the people, the mandate givers in viable democracies around the globe are the winners. We have come a long way since 1960. We are seemingly still developing as a democracy since 1999 but we are learning valuable political lessons. The fierce […]