Okey Ndibe


The Business of Drafting Jonathan

Written by Okey Ndibe

The Business of Drafting JonathanThere’s a new business in Nigeria. It’s the business of drafting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to present himself for reelection. A group called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has emerged as the biggest, most enterprising player.

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Suleiman Abba’s Opportunity

Written by Okey Ndibe

Suleiman Abba’s OpportunityAt the beginning of August, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Suleiman Abba as Nigeria’s new Inspector General of Police. On the day of his formal investiture as police henchman, Mr. Abba promised to bring a new intensity to the fight against cri

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Towards an Ethnicity of Values

Written by Okey Ndibe

For me, one of the most disconcerting facts about public discourse in Nigeria—including intellectual exchanges—is the rampant, if not default, deployment of ethnic or religious sentiments. Confronted with issues of moral urgency that demand the taking of principled positions, far too many Nigerians find comfort in embarrassing expediencies shaped by ethnic or religious affiliation.

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Nigeria and Biafra’s Wasted Memory

Written by Okey Ndibe

Much is often made of the hundreds of billions of dollars that Nigeria has frittered away since huge deposits of crude oil were discovered within its boundaries. A contemptible, uncreative elite, its obsession with conspicuous consumption matched by its inability to produce anything of value, has overseen Nigeria’s obscene, record-setting squandermania.

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