• Building A Culture Of Measurement

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    Listening to Chidi Odinkalu, the brilliant and passionate advocate of human rights lead a discussion at SALT initiative gathering about three years ago, he used the phrase an “innumerate culture” to explain our inability to measure. We are a country where measurement is almost an anathema. The problem is not that of government alone but…

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  • Lessons From The American Presidential Transition

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    On January 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United State of America following a long tradition of Presidential democracy that has endured. The election of Donald Trump, for me, provides us another opportunity to review our democratic traditions as a country and begin the process of instituting traditions…

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  • It Could Be Debt Relief… 2

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    Last week I published the first part of an article I wrote in 2005 arguing against paying $12 billion for debt relief when the nation was and remains in dire need of investment in critical physical and invisible infrastructure required to expand the capacity and scope of the Nigerian State. As we debate whether to…

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  • It Could Be Debt Relief… 1

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    In 2005 I wrote an article arguing against the debt relief as proposed by the creditors at that time. The article speaks to me again because I made some predictions that eerily have come to pass and wish to share this knowledge again as we debate whether to borrow or not to borrow. Top of…

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  • Rise Of The New Voters

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    The BBC website on Friday night announced that “Ghana’s opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won Wednesday’s tightly contested presidential election. President John Mahama called Mr Akufo-Addo to concede defeat, a spokesman for his party said, as the Electoral Commission announced the result. Celebrations have broken out in the capital, Accra. The website also reported that…

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  • Legitimising The Nigerian State: INEC And Elections

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    At the assumption of office by President Muhammadu Buhari, one had a faint hope that one of the key issues that the President will deal with is to start the process of state legitimisation through the sustenance and deepening of the electoral process that he had accused, three times at the courts, of partisanship and…

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  • On My Father’s Shoulders

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    I stood on daddy’s shoulders and grew tall enough to see distances unimagined, to scan the horizon and enjoy vistas of a world he dreamt about. My father carried me on a shoulder broad enough to hold me aloft and strong enough to keep me steady on the journey to growing up. The first day…

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  • Personality Disorder And Terrorism

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    We live in very interesting times. A time when settled issues have become unsettled. A time when hitherto widely accepted dogmas are giving way to new ideas. A time when the world is confronted with extreme views from diverse sections of the globe. A time when individuals are greatly empowered with access to information, greater…

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  • Cultivating A Healthy Lifestyle

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    Today I will depart from the depressing topic of politics and statecraft which, in Nigeria, is the regular item on our national menu, and discuss fitness and healthy living. Yesterday, Saturday as I entered Jabi Park to exercise, I paused for a moment and marvelled at the number of men, women and children engaged in…

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