Sonala Olumhense


Character and Credibility In African Leadership

Written by Sonala Olumhense

What is Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan’s worth?

In a story on Africa’s richest leaders, the website RichestLifestyle last week put it at $100 million. It implied that such a stunning figure, for a man who has only been in power for a few years, was plundered from the public till.

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Happy Birthday, Nigeria?

Written by Sonala Olumhense

That was a familiar Nigerian greeting last week as the country marked its 54th year.

But the greeting could only have been applied as a joke. We should not be marking the calendar, which is God-given; we should be celebrating the joys we have given to our people, which are few and often dubious.

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Let Us Probe Nigeria’s Defence Spending

Written by Sonala Olumhense

As a Nigerian, I am mystified about the hard times our military is having with the Boko Haram murderers in the northeast.

Two things are particularly disturbing. The first is the superior firepower that the murderers possess, and the capacity they have developed, in less than five years, to use them.

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Under The Hood Of Boko Haram

Written by Sonala Olumhense

Last week, a foreign source identified two of the Nigerians he alleges to be behind the Boko Haram militants.

One of them: former military Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Azubuike Ihejirika.

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Nuhu Ribadu, Then And Now

Written by Sonala Olumhense

Hopefully, for his own sake, Nuhu Ribadu will become Adamawa State’s next governor, following his decampment to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) last week to run for the governorship As a person, I wish him well.

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Defending Free Speech

Written by Sonala Olumhense

Disclaimer: I do not write this article in favour of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), which last week gave President Goodluck Jonathan an October deadline to rescue the abducted Chibok girls or consider his presidential ambitions void.

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Mixed Metaphors: Different Wars, Same Warrior

Written by Sonala Olumhense

For those who have some difficulty understanding how Nigeria has come to be stuck in quicksand, a review of two similar scenarios may be helpful.

First, the security file. Last week, as the country prepared for yesterday’s elections in Osun State, the military arrived in full force.

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