Paper presented by Prof. Steve Azaiki, Coordinator National Think Tank, Nigeria
(15 – 17 October, 2014) at a conference; titled: ‘Nigeria Beyond 2014’ organised by Nigerian Research Network, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The issue of corruption in Nigeria is just but a case study of what is happening in Africa. In other words, Nigeria is Africa’s mirror of corruption. By this, I mean Corruption in all forms especially among leaders and governments in Africa. Continue reading CORRUPTION, POVERTY AND SOCIAL INSECURITY IN NIGERIA
GUARDIAN April 5, 2014
How can Nigeria, a country so blessed, live in abject-poverty of the soul and of the body? We cannot solve the paradox of want in the midst of plenty by doing away with plenty.
The confusion, the killings, the hatred, the war in the land is caused by poverty. When I heard of the tragedy of the immigration recruitment exercise, three things came to my mind: The employment young Nigerians, who have gone to the university with neither education nor skill; the Nigeria government that does not participate in the preparation of our education and poverty of understanding the depth and danger of unemployment with its attendant security problem; and the youths who have completely refused to invest in themselves ,refocus their attention and energy and examine their values and mindset. Continue reading Nigeria And The Immigration Of Death
Nigeria At War: The Case For State Of Emergency
STEVE AZAIKI — LEADERSHIP, April 23, 2014
Today I and my fellow country men and women must decide if we will choose peace or war. It is time for us to show patriotism and love for our brothers and sisters in the North. Calvin Coolidge in a speech, in October 6, 1925 said “No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace or insure it victory in time of war”. Dwight D. Eisenhower was right when he said “Men acquainted with the battlefield will not be found among the numbers that glibly talk of another war.” Those who fought the civil war and those of us who were children, and those of us who lost our fathers, brothers, uncles and loved ones will agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson (“War”, Miscellanies, 1884) when he said “War, to sane men at the present day, begins to look like an epidemic insanity, breaking out here and there like the cholera or influenza, infecting men’s brains instead of their bowels”. Continue reading Nigeria At War: The Case For State Of Emergency
GUARDIAN APRIL 1, 2014
Now that Nigerians are talking let us give hope a chance. “When hope is taken away from a people, moral degeneration follows swiftly after,” Henry Wadsworth Long-Fellow (Tales of wayside inn, 1886) said.
Let us remember Edgar Waston Howe when he said, “there is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing — but we all do and call it Hope.” Continue reading Political Conference of Hope!
Ex-President Alhaji Shehu Shagari is one per- sonality whose name rings a bell within and outside the Country. He is a true statesman and father of modern Nigeria. – By Ibrahim Mohammed
Continue reading Centenary Nigeria Countdown; Shehu Shagari, The Humble Nation Builder
The Federal Government has been urged to take responsibility for the development of the Niger Delta region by refunding funds spent on infrastructure in the area. Continue reading FG SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR N’DELTA DEV
When, a few weeks to his 95th birthday, former South African President Nelson Mandela’s latest health crisis notched a new high, I am sure I was not alone in nursing the private thought that, perhaps, he was being kept alive by all means medical science could permit, to at least prolong his life until his 95th anniversary, just five years shy of a Centurion. The world rose in celebration to mark that birthday on July 18, while Mandela remained in a Pretoria hospital, with varying reports of his beleaguered recovery, although your guess is as good as mine that Mandela, the global icon, is not in a race to become the world’s oldest living man. Continue reading Let Mandela Go
Before 1999, the Ijaw nation had no one whom they affectionately called the governor-general. Not because the Ijaws, Nigeria’s fourth largest ethnic group spread over a wide swath of the coastal terrain had a shortage of personages, anyone of whom could be hero-worshipped. Continue reading Alamieyeseigha in the Eyes of the Ijaws