Buhari: Heckling is part of the democratic process – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe  | Nasarawa, Nigeria | August 2, 2019 –  The news that President Muhammadu Buhari was interrupted and booed intermittently by some lawmakers while presenting the appropriation bill to the National Assembly recently has been trending on the social media. Also trending is a list of the lawmakers said to have booed […]

The Otedola Example – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | July 29, 2019 –  “Otedola has made me, I can play football again,” Christian Chukwu, the 68 year-old former Captain of Enugu Rangers, former captain of the Green Eagles and former Chief Coach of the Green Eagles, reportedly joked when he paid a ‘thank you’ visit in […]

Nigeria without Nigerians – by Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | July 1, 2019 –  Today’s reflection was inspired by Buhari’s recent reiteration of the determination of his government to run ‘an inclusive government ’. Speaking recently when he received a delegation from Nasarawa State, led by Governor Abdullahi Sule, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari was quoted […]

Buhari’s Inauguration: Another Missed Opportunity – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

 By Dr. Jideofor Adibe| Nasarawa, Nigeria | June 1, 2019 Muhammadu Buhari made world history yesterday when he probably became the first elected President in the world in modern times to be inaugurated into office without giving an inaugural speech. He gave no reason why he did not deliver an in inaugural speech. Buhari was […]

Is Nigerian Democracy in Recession? – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | May 3, 2019 –  The recent suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Judge of Nigeria has raised fundamental issues  that go beyond the government’s claims of fighting corruption and the opposition’s and social activists’  bedlam about the country’s possible descent into fascism. The entire saga […]

Managing Perceptions of the 2019 Elections – By Jideofor Adibe

By Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | March 28, 2019 –  Perception – also known as optics- is a belief or opinion held by people on the basis of  how things seem. Our perception of any event is our reality and our truth, which is why people say that perception is everything. The American essayist, […]

Osinbajo and the Politics of 2023 By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe  | Nasarawa, Nigeria | March 28, 2019 –   Vice President Yemi Osinbajo raised the stakes in the politics of 2023 when he added his voice to the politics of ethnic baiting. Speaking during a visit to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola, on December 22 2013, the Vice President was […]

Why Obasanjo’s Voice Still Matters – Dr. Jideofor Adibe

Dr. Jideofor Adibe  | Nasarawa, Nigeria | Feb. 9, 2019 –  Obasanjo’s recent 16-page letter to Buhari, which sounds more like a state-of-the nation address, has, as expected, dominated the deadlines since it was delivered on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Titled, ‘Points for Concern’, the 4,018-word commentary was a bare-knuckled critique of the Buhari government […]

Opinion: What to expect from the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria

igeria’s presidential election scheduled for February 16, 2019, will be the country’s sixth since May 1999, when the military handed over power to a democratically elected civilian government. Though there are 73 political parties fielding candidates in the election, the race is generally believed to be between the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku […]

2019: Opposition Versus State Institutions – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | January 17, 2019 –  2019: Opposition versus state institutions Jideofor Adibe   By the time Nigeria conducts its elections in February and March next year, it will be almost 20 years since its current experiment with liberal democracy – the longest period the country has been under […]

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