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The Machiavellian Nature of Democratic Politics in Nigeria By Tam Kemabonta

The Machiavellian Nature of Democratic Politics in Nigeria By Tam Kemabonta

To be Machiavellian means to be cunning. It describes one with a penchant for manipulating people and feeling no remorse. In politics, a Machiavellian could be seen as an individual who buries moral sentiments and handles situations in practical terms. In other words, such an individual does not see right or wrong but only circumstances. The term “Machiavellian” was derived from ... Read More »

2015 Elections: Mixing Religion and Politics By Will Ross

2015 Elections: Mixing Religion and Politics By Will Ross

As tensions rise ahead of elections in Nigeria, some fear the country’s unity will face a new test and divisions will be exacerbated by a vote which sees a Christian presidential candidate from the south, Goodluck Jonathan, facing stiff competition from Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim candidate from the north. It is not their first face off but is likely to ... Read More »

Maheeda Reacts to Proposed Ban on Porn Websites

Maheeda Reacts to Proposed Ban on Porn Websites

Maheeda has reacted to the move by the FG to block all porn sites in Nigeria, saying she is indifferent as far as the issue was concerned. However, reacting to the statement, Maheeda denied being a porn star on her twitter page. She said she is only a nudist and won’t be showing any concern as far as the NSA ... Read More »

Peter Obi Fires Back At Soludo

Peter Obi Fires Back At Soludo

Former governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi has dismissed Soludo as a man haunted by his past for stating that he (Obi) built no signature project in Anambra State during his tenure. Speaking through his Media Assistant, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, Obi described the article by Professor Charles Soludo as full of evidence of one who is still nursing deep ... Read More »

2015: UN Warns Against Violence- Vanguard

2015: UN Warns Against Violence- Vanguard

The United Nations (UN) has cautioned Nigerians and political parties’ supported to desist from act that is capable of causing violence in the forthcoming general elections. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, who made the remark in an interview with journalists during his courtesy visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb Aminu ... Read More »

Nigeria: State’s Insecurity – Insurgency, Corruption,Elections and Management of Multiple Threats

Nigeria: State’s Insecurity – Insurgency, Corruption,Elections and Management of Multiple Threats

Events in our recent history have thrust us into the glare of world attention in ways that have not always reflected us in our best light. The paradox of modern Nigeria is that while we have proudly emerged as the largest economy in Africa, and a viable investment and trade destination, a raging insurgency and perhaps our early management of ... Read More »

Nigeria Keeps Playing the Boko Haram Blame Game By Siobhan O’Grady

Nigeria Keeps Playing the Boko Haram Blame Game By Siobhan O’Grady

Goodluck Jonathan’s national security advisor has a simple message for the Nigerian military: “If you don’t want to fight … get out of the army.” Speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London on Thursday, Sambo Dasuki said the cowardice of Nigeria’s army is the reason why a multinational military base in Baga fell to ... Read More »

Nigeria In 2019 By Torinmo Salau

Nigeria In 2019 By Torinmo Salau

This may sound a bit too fast, fast forward four years from “Decision 2015”!! What shall we be saying? Nigerians will probably have to come back in 2019 to ask so many questions. Right now, a fair number just want Goodluck Jonathan out of office, and Buhari is their default option. But I think it’s a dangerous place to be ... Read More »

Nigeria Election Tensions Raise Spectre of Break-up By Tim Cocks

Nigeria Election Tensions Raise Spectre of Break-up By Tim Cocks

As Nigeria approaches its most divisive and closely fought election since the end of military rule in 1999, its leaders are having to reassure voters that Africa’s most populous nation will remain in one piece. The Feb. 14 vote pitting President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian popular in his southern oil-producing Niger Delta region and in the east, against former military ... Read More »

History Of Fuel Price Increases In Nigeria Till Date

History Of Fuel Price Increases In Nigeria Till Date

• Gowon – from 6k to 8.45kobo • Murtala – from 8.45k to 9k • Obasanjo – from 9k to 15.3k • Shagari – from 15.3k to 20k • Buhari – from 20k to 20k (Price remains the same) • Babangida – from 20k to 39.5k • Babangida – from 39.5k to 42k • Babangida – from 42k to 60k ... Read More »

Fooling Around With Petrol Prices

Fooling Around With Petrol Prices

That was President Goodluck Jonathan on January 16th, 2012 backing down from the earlier announced N141/litre that would have all but eliminated the subsidy paid on petrol by the government. Until yesterday, that price of N97 has remained the same. But what is petrol without crude oil? Strictly speaking, what the Nigerian government does with petrol prices in Nigeria is ... Read More »

Smears & Fears: Nigeria’s Presidential Campaigns Gets Personal

Smears & Fears: Nigeria’s Presidential Campaigns Gets Personal

When Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, was in Abuja last week, he urged all presidential candidates and parties to rise above the personal and debate the issues that matter. But the message appears to have gone unheeded, with fresh attacks from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Muhammadu Buhari, from the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Buhari, ... Read More »

Boko Haram Release Hostages As Chad Joins Fight

Boko Haram Release Hostages As Chad Joins Fight

Boko Haram freed two dozen hostages after a mass abduction by its militants in Cameroon, as Chad prepared Monday to engage in the international battle against the extremist group. Twenty-four of the 80 people taken hostage by Boko Haram in the north of Cameroon Sunday were released as Cameroonian armed forces pursued the Islamist extremists, according to a government source. ... Read More »

CNN Report On Nigerian Soldiers Satanic- Defence HQ

CNN Report On Nigerian Soldiers Satanic- Defence HQ

The Defence Headquarters have expressed outrage against recent reports by the CNN on the activities of Boko Haram in the north-east zone of Nigeria (Click to Watch Report), describing the reports as satanic and crafted to destroy the Nigerian Army. A statement posted on the website of the Nigerian Military took umbrage on the idea of CNN making reports on ... Read More »

2015: Nigeria Will not Disintegrate- Mark

2015: Nigeria Will not Disintegrate- Mark

Senate President, David Mark has asked Nigerians to stop the blame game and support the Armed Forces to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East, and rescue the Chibok girls, saying that “blasts are non-partisan in their destructive nature.’’ Mark, who spoke while welcoming his colleagues back from the Yuletide break as the Senate resumed yesterday, said every ... Read More »