Tag: Democracy

Ibn Chambas, Hassan Idayat, Udo Jude Ilo, to discuss ‘democracy decline’ in West Africa hosted by Yale

Idayat Hassan, director, Centre for Democracy and Development, West Africa and Udo Jude Ilo, head of Nigeria office for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), are expected to join other experts to address the decline of democracy in Africa. The webinar put together by Yale Macmillan Center, Yale[Read More…]

Investigation: Democracy, media practice and the future of investigative journalism in a repressed state like Nigeria

Perhaps more than any time in history, ordinary Nigerians came to realise their political power after the 2015 elections. Social media, Twitter and Facebook, in particular, had been employed to mobilise and expand political participation to the point that an incumbent president had been voted out of office. Despite Peter[Read More…]

“It is not just against the media” – Nigerian National Newspapers protest amendment of NBC, NPC bills

Major National dailies in Nigeria from Punch Nigerian Newspaper, to Vanguard Nigerian National Newspaper, to DailyTrust Nigerian National Newspaper, Business Day, Guardian, Daily Sun and others, Monday issued a unanimous statement of protests against the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. In the joint statement published across the front[Read More…]

INTERVIEW: “A country is not something you take from; it is something you give to” – Jamiu Abiola discusses Democracy

In June 2021, I met Jamiu Abiola, the multi-linguist, author and the Shettima of Borno and we spoke extensively about what Democracy meant for his family. He told me his goal was for Nigerians to look at each other and not think about their zonal differences; “I’m from the south,[Read More…]

INEC Chairman says a disruption to the electoral process would undermine Nigerian democracy

Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, warned that a disruption to the electoral process would undermine Nigerian democracy and destabilise the country. Yakubu made this known at an emergency meeting with security agencies, under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, in Abuja on Thursday[Read More…]

Opinion: Why is this acclaimed population advantage not transformed into high yielding productivity

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State recently made the following proud statement; “Kano has a population triple or four times some states, therefore, should be given a higher consideration in terms of employment. We have 44 local government areas. We have 484 wards, 24 members of the House of Representatives,[Read More…]

Ekweremadu says the political crises in Edo state is an affront to Nigerian democracy

The former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has described the political crises in Edo state as an embarrassment and an affront to Nigerian democracy. Senator Ekweremadu was speaking on the sideline of the Enugu Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congress to elect new executives of the party at the state level.[Read More…]

“Border Closure yielding good results – Nigerian farmers are now “smiling to the bank.” – Speaker Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has reiterated that contrary to popular opinion, the current National Assembly is not a rubber stamp. On the other hand, he also stated that he was not elected to fight the Executive but to engage and collaborate with stakeholders to bring[Read More…]

“Democratic process ‘too slow’” – Nigeria’s President Buhari Not so pleased about democracy

President Muhammadu Buhari has once again longed for the absolute prosecutorial powers he wielded when he led a military junta in Nigeria in the 1980s. PREMIUM TIMES reports that as the president clocks 77 on Tuesday, he granted a brief interview to state-run television, NTA, telling the station that he[Read More…]

20 Years After, Nigeria’s Politics is Still Run by Old Men’s Club – US Envoy

Nigeria is young at heart, but its leaders are too old to relate with her youthfulness. She has loads of ideas but the people in charge of her ideas are too stuck in their old ways that they find it difficult to relate. These people have been around for too[Read More…]