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Economists’ obsessed with job creation, but how about less work? (1)

Economists’ obsessed with job creation, but how about less work? (1) Increased automation has not reduced our workload: Why not, and what, if it did?   In 1930, the British Economist, John Maynard Keynes, predicted that by the end of the century, the average work-week would be about 15 hours.  Automation had already begun to replace many jobs by the early 20th...... more

For NASS, a youthful legacy beckons

For NASS, a youthful legacy beckons In the last two decades, the last three years has gone down in annals of Nigerian politics as an epochal period whereby the young populations in Nigeria got a heavy dose of attention from the topmost echelon of the national parliament. The combination of two young Nigerians as President of the...... more

APC tastes the humble pie

APC tastes the humble pie After a prolonged ride on the high horse, the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have finally eaten the humble pie. It set up a committee on “True Federalism” amid the cacophonous clamour for the restructuring of the country. The move appeared forced. The party, in truth, was not interested in all the...... more

2019 and the vote conjurers

2019 and the vote conjurers For a man who came to power without contesting an election in the real sense of the word, one can forgive Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello if he does not understand how democracy works. The Catholic Bishops who criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, according to the governor, did so because they are...... more

Oxfam Sex Scam versus Nigerian IDPs

Oxfam Sex Scam versus Nigerian IDPs Oxfam is a United Kingdom-registered charity that ranks as one of the foremost international non-governmental bodies that have over the last many years impacted positively on lives of members of the human race, from highly disadvantaged communities. This global brand is currently embroiled in a needless sexual scandal generated by the...... more

A Governor’s panacea to menace of herdsmen

A Governor’s panacea to menace of herdsmen John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster and the WZB (Berlin), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is the author of a best-selling politics book entitled The Life and Death of Democracy. As a student of political philosophy, Keane had won my undying admiration for...... more

Fe-Buhari and Love Gone Sour

Fe-Buhari and Love Gone Sour With less than one week to Valentine’s Day, millions of young men and women all over the world are already plotting and planning what to do with (or more appropriately for) someone on that once-in-a-year day of orchestrated display of affection. The interesting thing about Valentine’s Day though is that as...... more

Dan-Ali’s counter-narrative

Dan-Ali’s counter-narrative The murderous arrogance, which the perpetrators of the New Year Day massacre in Benue State have been displaying, has finally received official endorsement. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, placed the stamp of approval on the massacre on behalf of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister said the...... more

Adeosun, Gwarzo and matters arising

Adeosun, Gwarzo and matters arising Apparently in the desperation to get rid of someone who had become a problem for their boss, the media handlers of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, committed a fatal professional error on Tuesday. They broke the all-important 11th commandment: Thou shall not get caught! In the email forwarded to...... more

The cookie has crumbled

The cookie has crumbled Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written an epitaph on President Muhammadu Buhari. He has summarised Buhari as a President who came and was blinded by nepotism and clannishness and, therefore, incapable of leading a multi-ethnic entity such as Nigeria. His last line was that Buhari should consider a well deserved rest...... more

Aisha, Obasanjo and Buhari’s burden

Aisha, Obasanjo and Buhari’s burden Conventional wisdom teaches that when you get to a situation where your friends and enemies are singing from the same page on issues affecting you, it is time to reflect on what you are doing wrong. Against the background of a groundswell of disaffection to his stewardship and the yet-to-be declared...... more

When a Nation Becomes Funeral Home

When a Nation Becomes Funeral Home On a sunny day in January 2010, in a small town in Kuru Karama, Plateau State, a Muslim mother watched helplessly as Christian men bludgeoned and hacked to death her two young children. About the same time, in a nearby village in Fan district, a Fulani pastoralist witnessed farmers from the...... more

Hostile neighbours

Hostile neighbours Governor Samuel Ortom is certainly distressed. He is the most embattled public office holder in the country at the moment. Killer herdsmen have raped the peace in Benue, the state he superintendents over. As governor, he swore an oath of office to protect life and property of his people. That makes...... more

Benue versus Miyetti Allah

Benue versus Miyetti Allah By 2017, the mindless killings of Benue people by rampaging herdsmen had reached an apogee. The bloodletting had become an embarrassment to a government that swore to protect life and property. Scandalised by the wanton destruction of life and property in its territory by murderous terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, the government...... more

Of Oxford, Rome and 2019

Of Oxford, Rome and 2019 How do you feel about the next generation of Nigerian leaders? That was the first question from the Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, Prof Ngaire Woods on Monday. It was in the course of a meeting between the authorities of the school and the team from the African...... more

Bello’s Okene, where ‘spirits’ drive cars

Bello’s Okene, where ‘spirits’ drive cars January 1, this fresh Year of our Lord, 2018, afforded some national papers an opportunity to announce their winner of the ‘Person’ of the preceding year. And one of the best newspapers that money can buy in Nigeria, known as The Guardian, “the flagship”, was at its best when it named the...... more

Reign of hate

Reign of hate The new year has begun on a note of hate. Rivers State fired the first salvo. A section of its bitter citizenry chose a most inauspicious date to demonstrate its hate and disdain for the rest of the people. Ordinarily, New Year day is held sacrosanct by those who harbour the...... more

When judges imperil democracy

When judges imperil democracy Ever since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost at the 2015 general election, I have taken special interest in its affairs. That is simply because our democracy will not thrive without a credible opposition. So, two weeks before last month’s national convention to elect the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members,...... more

Still borrowing from tomorrow…

Still borrowing from tomorrow… …I want to preface my intervention with a story I told sometimes in 1999 or thereabout which is still very relevant today. And like I did back then, I seek the indulgence of readers because the story is about a supposedly loving couple having problems which bordered on sex. The husband...... more

Lai Mohammed’s recantation

Lai Mohammed’s recantation After weeks of research, the federal government has finally found an anchor for the $1 billion slush fund that it has withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account. The announcement from a representative of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum has been an issue of controversy. No one has been able to understand why...... more

Governments and plight of Nigerian pensioners

Governments and plight of Nigerian pensioners The original thinkers of political science and philosophy of politics that worked on the fine-tuning and evolution of the progressive concept of democracy, which connotes that system of government that was earlier practised in ancient Greece, clearly holds the time-tested and time-honoured impression that the welfare of the people is at...... more

The Boko Haram slush fund

The Boko Haram slush fund Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, and a newcomer to the club of governors, is not about to inherit the inglorious indulgences of his garrulous predecessor. The new governor has comportment. He is not brash. He also, unlike his predecessor, does not hanker after headlines. He looks to me like...... more

Buhari’s birthday and the 400 prophets

Buhari’s birthday and the 400 prophets When my authority inspires sycophancy, I have no followers, only resentful manipulators of my power for their own selfish gain. — George Kunz When in June 2015, I started gathering materials for my book, ‘Against The Run of Play’, I also decided I would go through the newspaper reports from the...... more

Perish the toll gates idea

Perish the toll gates idea No one can really understand why successive governments in Nigeria chose to impoverish their people and make life and living extremely difficult for all. It is always one wrong-headed policy to another leading to confusion, inconsistency, lack of foresight and general embarrassment to investors and the populace. Toll gates were introduced...... more

Happiness has a new name

Happiness has a new name This column does not, as a matter of policy, comment on government and governance in Imo, my home state. However, it could, when the unusual takes place, relax this policy momentarily in order to be a part of a compelling history. Since the advent of BROKEN TONGUES in 1999, Imo has...... more

Beyond the brutalities of Police SARS

Beyond the brutalities of Police SARS If there is any lesson from the current revelations about how men of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) molest, torture, maim and sometimes kill innocent citizens, it is that seeking questionable validation, especially when not on solid grounds, can go horribly wrong. When the first reports about the brutality of...... more

How to achieve Nigeria’s digitization

How to achieve Nigeria’s digitization The best way to start this piece on this thorny issue is to narrate what a successful digital switch-over of broadcasting did to the local television industry in one of the African nations that has successfully become a global brand in terms of political stability, industrialisation, good governance and tourism. The...... more

Mugabe’s Exit: What impacts on Africa?

Mugabe’s Exit: What impacts on Africa?   The forced resignation from the high office of the President of Zimbabwe: 93-year-old Mr Robert Mugabe, on November 21, 2017 perhaps, made global headlines as the most significant political event out of Africa this year.  Although the story was nearly overshadowed by the gruesome picture of 26 Nigerian migrants that died...... more

PDP’s pregnant convention

PDP’s pregnant convention The unexpected loss of power struck it like a thunderbolt from outer space. Those who meant well for the party did not see it coming. They were blinded by optimism. Little did they know that saboteurs had infiltrated the party. They sold out when they were expected to hold the party...... more

Nigeria and the Memory of Tafida + The Imo Road to Happiness

Nigeria and the Memory of Tafida + The Imo Road to Happiness …Your Excellencies, we the Yar’Adua family bore our period of trial with dignity. And we mourned the death of Tafida not with tears of rage or hatred but with prayers and celebration of Allah’s praise. The tears we shed were of pity for those of us who, when bestowed with power...... more


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