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INTERESTING TIMES: A RECAP OF EVENTS IN 2014

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“May you live in interesting times”
The first time I heard the above saying, I thought it was an expression or a prayer for good fortune. Upon research however, I discovered it is purported to be an English translation of a Chinese proverb with the word “interesting” conveying ironic meanings such as chaotic, turbulent and awe inspiring. Please take note of my use of the word “purported” as there has so far been no clear and verifiable evidence to prove that it is actually of Chinese origin. As far as interesting times go, 2014 has been one heck of a ride. You will hardly meet a Nigerian who will attest to having experienced a year such as this one.
2015 has been expressed by various individuals as being a year that will usher in the change so many Nigerians are eagerly seeking for, some see it as being just a number on the calendar, while others have threatened to raise all kinds of hell if the status quo of the leadership of the country is not maintained. Personally, I believe to hav…

NIGERIA IN A CHANGING GLOBAL ORDER

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Editor's Note: This article was written by Mukhtar Usman-Janguza: A London based Africa and Middle East public affairs, social and economic commentator. He blogs at janguzaarewa.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @JanguzaArewa
What will the new global order look like? What implications will it have for Nigeria’s foreign policy options? How should Nigeria orient itself in this emerging world order? President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Office. Whoever emerges as Nigeria’s President after the 2015 elections should set as one of his priorities the formulation of a new conceptual doctrine to guide Nigeria’s relations with the major world powers)
Historic changes are taking place in the international system that should command our attention. The tectonic plates of world history are moving. Shifts in the global balance of power, barely perceptible 10 years ago, have gathered pace. The unipolar era, characterised by America’s unrivalled primacy in global affairs, is drawing to a …

OPEN LETTER TO HON. AMINU WAZIRI TAMBUWAL: PLEASE DO NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT

Editor's Note: This letter was written by Hamza Ahmad Gudaji, a Portharcourt based legal practitioner. 
Sir, recall that in 2006 former Vice President Atiku Abubakar defected to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). That move stirred tremendous political excitement across the country but in the final analysis he scored less than 3 million votes in the 2007 presidential election. Your recent political trajectory is traveling the same course as that of Atiku in 2006/2007.
Clearly your defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has generated positive political current for the opposition party. Your tentative ambition to contest for the presidency is however a negative current, which could render the ultimate objective of taking power from the P.D.P unattainable.
Understandably, the exit of an influential and prominent political office holder (such as yourself) from a failed ruling party will make significant impact across the polity, but this must not be mistaken or misinterpreted…

SOVEREIGNTY 101: A CRASH COURSE FOR THE TERRITORIALLY UNCONCERNED

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(Map showing at least 16 towns and villages in the northeast controlled by Boko Haram. Photo Credit: Stratfor)

“In today’s news, the Nigerian Army acting under the instruction of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has deployed troops to immediately take back towns captured by Boko Haram and re-establish the authority of the Federal Government of Nigeria. It will be recalled that some towns and local governments in the North East were captured by the terrorist group and were declared a part of their Caliphate.” The above statement is what is expected of a rational government in an ideal society. However, as Nigeria is anything but an ideal society with a rational government, we thus find ourselves in the quandary that has become our current reality. With towns and villages falling under the control of Boko Haram like bowling pins while the government focuses its attention solely on the forthcoming 2015 elections, I find it highly expedient to offer our leaders and c…