PDP and Fayose’s Bid for the Presidency – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | Nov. 28, 2107 – That the whistle for 2019 has long been blown is not in doubt. While many of the people in the (now rejuvenated?) PDP with rumoured presidential ambitions seem too scared to throw their hats into the ring, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose took the […]

Nnamdi Kanu: The Morning After – Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | Nov. 28, 2017 – In my column of September 7 2017 entitled, ‘Nnamdi Kanu and the Redeemer Complex’, I made a few propositions about Nnamdi Kanu that now seem prophetic. I will like to quote two passages from that piece: “…a redeemer movement becomes dangerous when the […]

Why We Should also Listen to Maina – Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | November 18, 2017 – An article on Maina with a title such as the above is not likely to win its author any applause or friends. With Maina and ‘Mainagate’ becoming by-words for ‘fantastically corrupt’, to suggest that we should  pause to listen to his own side […]

In search of the ‘detribalized’ Nigerian – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | November 3, 2017 – Nigerians love buzzwords – slogans that are repeated frequently enough, (and imbued with assumed values), that they begin to sound like established facts or self-evident truths. One of the favourite mantras in Nigeria today is the notion of the ‘detribalized’ Nigerian. Depending on the […]

Re: IPOB is an insurgency, not a terrorist organization

By Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | October 15, 2017 –My last week’s column, ‘IPOB is an insurgency, not a terrorist organization’, elicited a remarkable number of comments – kudos and criticisms as one would expect when one throws one’s hat onto the public space. Space will not permit me to reproduce some of the […]

The Mantra, ‘Nigerian Unity is not Negotiable’, is Pseudo-nationalism – By By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | August 22, 2017 – Nigerians love mantras – statements or slogans repeated frequently enough that they begin to sound like established facts or self-evident truths. Recently in this column (on June 22 2017), I interrogated the mantra of ‘generation shift’, which was renewed with vigour following the […]

Separatist agitations in Nigeria: Causes and Trajectories (I)- By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Abuja, Nigeria | August 2017 – President Buhari’s health challenges have sparked intrigue in Nigeria and awakened the politics of succession, which revolve around an assumed power-sharing arrangement between the northern and the southern parts of the country. This intrigue is reminiscent of what happened when former President Umaru Musa […]

‘Restructuring’ is Just Another Empty Buzzword – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Abuja, Nigeria | August 1, 2017 –  Restructuring is currently the buzzword in the country.  But it is just an important-sounding but empty technical word, which means little other than to give false impression to ordinary folks that one holds the magic wand that will make all the problems in […]

Reno Omokri: What We Can Learn from One Another – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

Dr. Jideofor Adibe  | Abuja, Nigeria | June 9, 2017 –  Reno Omokri: What we can learn from one another   Reno Omokri’s article, ‘Hegemony: What the Igbo can learn from Yoruba and Fulani about power’ – published in the Vanguard of June 3, 2017, was very insightful and could mainstream conversations about inter-ethnic perceptions […]

Are You Considering a Career as Whistle-Blower? – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Abuja, Nigeria | May 16, 2017 – There is a very funny cartoon trending in the social media. It is about a teacher who asked some pupils what they would like to be when they grow up. The pupils all replied they would want to become whistleblowers. The federal government […]

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