“Nigeria’s Criminal Crude” – A Report by Chatham House

The London-based think tank, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, otherwise known as Chatham House recently published a report titled “Nigeria’s Criminal Crude: International Options to Combat the Export of Oil”. The report analyses the international dimensions of Nigerian crude oil theft and explores what the international community could do about it. A summary of … More “Nigeria’s Criminal Crude” – A Report by Chatham House

A Knee-jerk Approach to Managing Immigration in the UK

A proposed scheme by the UK government that would require first-time visitors from certain Asian and African countries to deposit a £3,000 bond to obtain a visitor’s visa to the UK has provoked outrage from these countries, notably Nigeria and India. The pilot scheme to commence in November 2013 would initially cover a select number … More A Knee-jerk Approach to Managing Immigration in the UK

Quote of the Week: General Theophilus Danjuma

“The masses of our people are chained down in dehumanizing and grinding poverty while we continue to maintain few islands of false prosperity in a turbulent ocean of penury and squalor… There cannot be peace and harmony where there is wide disparity between the few rich and a multitude of the poor” This is an excerpt … More Quote of the Week: General Theophilus Danjuma

The Story that Got an Al-Jazeera West Africa Team Arrested

On Saturday 15 June, the Al-Jazeera West Africa correspondent Yvonne Ndege, and her 3-man crew were arrested in Niger. According to information posted on the Al-Jazeera website: The team was initially detained at around 9.00 (GMT) on Saturday, questioned, and asked to hand over the material from a story they were filming about refugees. The … More The Story that Got an Al-Jazeera West Africa Team Arrested

The Good and the Ugly: 14 Years of Democracy in Nigeria

Today marks exactly 14 years since the transition to democracy in Nigeria. Many Nigerians have mixed feelings about the progress and quality of our democratic process which seems to lumber ahead, mostly staggering, but sometimes with steady steps. Despite the few snags here and there, there is still cause to celebrate. To that effect, I … More The Good and the Ugly: 14 Years of Democracy in Nigeria

Morten Jerven’s “Poor Numbers” and Improving Statistical Capacity in African Countries

I don’t know about you but in the recent past, I had thought the debates in international development in this century had become rather stale. We had moved from Africa the “Hopeless Continent“, “Africa’s Growth Tragedy“, the continent of the “Bottom Billion” and the Trade vs. “Dead Aid” debate, to “Africa is Rising”, Africa “the … More Morten Jerven’s “Poor Numbers” and Improving Statistical Capacity in African Countries

A Tribute to Nigeria’s Victory at AFCON 2013

While the euphoria of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 victory has subsided, this victory for Nigerians, no doubt, came just at the right time, when it was badly needed. Some pundits have even read deeper meanings into this victory as: a symbolic “turning point” for Nigeria’s fortunes in other spheres, as a rallying … More A Tribute to Nigeria’s Victory at AFCON 2013

Off to Nigeria

So I am off to Nigeria today. I am looking forward to going home after what seems like eternity because the last time I was in the motherland was August 2011. I put off my trip home severally last year, and in the interim, I “endured” concerned, cheeky and some downright snide remarks such as: … More Off to Nigeria

Nigeria’s Missing Billions and Trillions

It used to be tens of millions of naira and occasionally, hundreds of millions of naira and when a corruption incident amounting to a billion naira was mentioned, we were stunned, disgusted and spoke about it intensely for weeks. Now misappropriation of public funds in Nigeria is recorded in billions and trillions of naira such … More Nigeria’s Missing Billions and Trillions

Guest Columnist in Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s Friday Column

Last week Friday, I had the great honour of being featured in Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s Friday column, as the 5th Young Voice, from his fortnightly YOUNG VOICES in which he introduces a young Nigerian passionate about positive change. As you are probably well aware, Malam El-Rufai, currently a chieftain of the party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) … More Guest Columnist in Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s Friday Column

Managing the “Youth Bulge” in Nigeria (II)

The first part of this piece last week, HERE, examined the threats and opportunities posed by Nigeria’s rapidly growing and youthful population to the social cohesion, political stability and economic development of the country; how the dividends of this youthful population can be realized by providing meaningful, education, employment and economic opportunities and the main … More Managing the “Youth Bulge” in Nigeria (II)