Curse of Oil
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"The Niger Delta holds some of the world's richest oil deposits, yet Nigerians living there are poorer than ever, violence is rampant, and the land and water are fouled. What went wrong?
If you have been through a lot, you ought to be wiser. Nigeria has gone through affluence and lack, and it should be wise. Except that there is no evidence of wisdom. Nigerians are experiencing more of the same, even when things ought to be getting better.
A Nigerian soldier points a gun at a citizen in Ilesa, Osun State, in this picture taken by  The Nation newspaper. It is not clear if the citizen was eventually shot, but it clearly proves the sub-human conditions and violence surrounding the 2007 elections. Soldiers have been deployed to many states supposedly to ensure security, amid widespread allegations that the ruling party, PDP,…
Media reports that the Indepedent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu lied about his academic credentials is troubling. An electoral commission is a sensitive institution expected to be led by people with the highest degree of integrity and honesty. This is the reason why allegations that Professor Iwu lied about part of his academic qualifications must be urgently unravelled. The elections cannot…
What kind of nation leaves it policemen to die without help, after they were shot by armed robbers on active duty? What kind of nation would not have bed space for injured citizens at its only National Orthopedic Hospital? What kind of nation would demand honest police officers, when those officers have nothing upon which to desire honesty?These questions become…
After we retired former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, early in his doomed political career, the temptation was to go to bed and simply relax. But how could we, when the problems of Nigeria were far from being over? Can we safely retire in the assurance that all is now well? Of course, not!  We never set out to address only the Babangida…