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 […]

Do Election Debates Really Matter? – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | December 21, 2018 –  Since  the Vice Presidential debate on December 14 2018 between the candidates  of selected five political parties, there have been continuous spin not only on who won the debate  but also on whether Buhari would show up for the presidential debate slated for […]

Alleged Buhari Double and the Spirit of Public Inquiry – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe  | Nasawara, Nigeria | December 10, 2018 – This week’s reflection is on a trending story that began when Buhari returned from his 104-days of medical treatment in the UK in 2017. Many were surprised that on his return,  Buhari, who was a subject of several extremely negative rumours during his medical […]

2019: As the whistle is blown…By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe |  Nasarawa, Nigeria | December 1, 2018 – The whistle for 2019 has finally been blown as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lifted the ban on partisan politics and campaigns on Sunday, November 19 2018. The same day Buhari unveiled his campaign manual, which he called The Next Level.  Alhaji Atiku, […]

The Return of Nnamdi Kanu – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | November 7, 2018-  The recent re-surfacing of Nnamdi Kanu, the uncouth leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Israel, raises more questions than answers: How did he escape from the raid by Nigerian security forces on his father’s compound on September 14 2017? How did […]

Buhari’s ‘New Affection’ for Jonathan and the 2019 Elections – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | November 2, 2019 – As we nudge towards the 2019 presidential election, and with many people predicting that it will be more bitterly fought than the acrimonious 2015 poll, there is something that is giving me some hope that the doomsday scenario may not materialize after all: it […]

2019 and the Road to Damascus – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, | Sept. 15, 2018 – We have now fully entered the political season – with its embedded bazaars, festivities, speeches, permutations and configurations. Most of the activities in the political space are configured to bring dividends in 2019. The presidential election will define the year 2019 and will be a […]

Why the Bounce from Declaring June 12 ‘Democracy Day’ May Not Last Long – By Dr. Jideofor Adibe

By Dr. Jideofor Adibe | Nasarawa, Nigeria | August 18, 2018 –  Let’s give it to Buhari and his advisers. Whoever suggested making June 12 the country’s ‘Democracy Day’ (rather than May 29, which it has been until now) gave the Daura General a master stroke. It was a decision that especially excited the sensibility […]

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