Ayittey Benchmark: Performance of Presidents

Ayittey Benchmark: Performance of Presidents. How else do you measure it?

There are many able Nigerian analysts, commentators, pundits, academics and journalists who have rightfully earned a say in the Nigerian political arena. Most are insincere. Some swing. But a few are truthful in their evaluations of the state of political realities and performances of governments and their principals. All performances of governance do need to have standardised or unique benchmarks for their measurements to be valid. (more…)

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“Blame or Claim” Governance: Buhari’s Only Hope

There is an insightful article for those interested in governance by Taiwo Makinde titled Problems of Policy Implementation in Developing Nations: The Nigerian Experience. In the paper, the Makinde explains quite persuasively why policy implementation in Nigeria routinely fails with successive governments. He implicates, among other factors, a lack of continuity of policy implementation from a previous government to a succeeding, e.g. from Presidents Babangida to Abacha [or Jonathan to Buhari]. Ego [of the leader] is the reason he provides for this. The logic is simple; it is better for the current president to sabotage the good works of a predecessor and initiate his own that will place his mention high on the lips of posterity. It holds for all forms of organisation in Nigeria. The significant exception is President Muhammad Buhari and for strange reasons; blamocracy [and claimocracy].


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Gowon & Babangida: Nigeria’s Drug Culture 2

Gowon & Babangida: Nigeria’s Drug Culture 2

I reject the claim the article titled Gowon and Babangida Created Nigeria’s Drug Culture, which I wrote is guilty of appropriating unnecessary blame to Gowon and Babangida as wrongful. And misleading readers about creating the drug culture in Nigeria. In the first paragraph, I clarified that some will disagree with the content. (more…)

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Gowon and Babangida: Nigeria’s Drug Culture

Gowon and Babangida Created Nigeria’s Drug Culture

Access to drugs policies have been most responsible for either a rise or decline in the demography of drug addicts in Nigeria. A controversial thing the Obasanjo military government did in 1976/77 was to ban several goods, including controlled substances, into Nigeria. This was to curb the wasteful “Import or Die” phenomenon triggered by the unexpected “Oil Boom” years governed by General Gowon. (more…)

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The Portrait of a Nigerian Druggie Youth

The Portrait of a Nigerian Druggie Youth

Inspect the photograph. In the photograph, you can see the portrait of a young teenager in a blue T-shirt (the Boy in blue) attempting to light up a reefer. His peers surround him, eager for him to do it because if he does, they can too. There is some apparent awe for the Boy in blue by his mates; he is their leader by choice or nature. He is not from a privileged background and neither are his peers, but they look up to him. (more…)

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Sapele’s Youth Drug Addiction Epidemic

Sapele’s Youth Drug Addiction Epidemic: It is alarming.

One must wonder what happened to a once genial and hope-filled town called Sapele. It was a youth’s town and youngsters had much promise and bright futures. Well… According to a competent and concerned eyewitness Ejorheya Brighoademo, a governance professional and works in the tourism and entertainment industry in Sapele, the rate of drug addiction is conservatively 50% of the entire teenage population of the town! An entire generation afflicted with a destructive scourge. Incredible! How did Sapele, a major town in Delta State, Nigeria, give into the drugs scourge? (more…)

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Buhari Should Sell Nigerian Youths As Slaves

Buhari Should Sell Nigerian Youths As Slaves

President Buhari, like many past Nigerian heads of state, is living proof of why slavery flourished along the coast of West Africa a few centuries ago. The Europeans, Americans and others nurture, support and encourage their youth. That is they could build the edifices that symbolise civilisation and world power. In contrast, many African kings had no use for their proliferating population of youths. Today is no different. Diaspora is the dreamland of the Nigerian youth. Under Buhari’s administration, the incentive for the Nigerian youth to go overseas for a better life has never been greater. Only because of the lack of opportunities that stare them in the face. If leaders have no respect or value for their youth, who will? (more…)

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