Don’t Blame Jonathan

By Azubuike Ishiekwene At last, former President Goodluck Jonathan appears to have found his mojo. In recent speech after speech, he’s been taking the fight to the doorstep of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and causing quite a stir. Until now, the only thing Jonathan could remember as his achievement after six years in office was the transfer of power. Yet, he often spoke about this considerable feat in whispers at the end of which he would usually remark, almost as an afterthought, that it was also on his watch that Nigeria became Africa’s largest economy. That awkwardness is changing. At the recent non-elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, Jonathan, who led his party to a historic defeat in 2015, made one of his boldest statements yet. He said that apart from a few loopholes that he failed to plug, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government could so far not compare...

In God’s Name

A book with the title of this article published 33 years ago by British investigative journalist, David Yallop, made the Catholic Church very, very uncomfortable. Yallop said in the book that Pope John Paul I, who lasted only 33 days as pope, did not die a natural death. He said the Pope, who was not the preferred choice, was murdered by vested interests in the Vatican because he was poised to rid the Church of its hypocrisy, hubris and corruption, a claim that the Church denounced as trash. Trash or not, the Church in Rome and elsewhere has had to examine itself in light of many existential threats, after centuries of complicity in and ambivalence over some of the worst atrocities in the world. And believe it or not, money is at the root of it. In response to increasing financial pressures, the Church is bending to new social trends and becoming quite...