Archives for March 2014

Dying to get a job

It is not what one looks forward to with fondness. I mean, whoever derives pleasure from writing about a national tragedy should have his/her head examined. But write about the latest in the series of tragedies we must. At the risk of having our heads examined, we must ask why innocent men and women should die in the process of looking for gainful employment. Dying to get a job? What a contradiction in terms! One would have expected that the whole purpose of looking for a job is to stay alive … [Read more...]

Power of incumbency, impunity and corruption: the linkages

Is corruption an issue in Nigeria? What kind of question is that? Isn’t the answer obvious? Apparently not-- obvious, that is. In fact, judging by the way the government and the apathetic-cum-cynical public are going about it today, one should be forgiven for asking whether corruption is, or will ever become, an issue in the struggle for, and exercise of, power. At a time when Transparency International ranks Nigeria among the most corrupt countries in the world (144th among a total of 177 … [Read more...]

Boko Haram: Focus on Internal and External Dimensions

"(The Project for the New American Century/PNAC) is dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world, and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle"--William Kristol, PNAC Chairman "As it is among individuals, so it is among states. When one state claims to know what is 'good' for another, it is merely using that as a cover for motives that are at best, non-altruistic, at … [Read more...]