How to Measure the Performance of a Nigerian President

There are many able Nigerian analysts, commentators, pundits, academics and journalists who have earned a say in the Nigerian political arena; most are insincere, some swing and a few are truthful i.e. in their evaluations of state of political realities and performances of governments and their principals. All performances do have a benchmark for its measurement to be valid. It is then amazing to many how a president could score 50% on education or 60% on health or 50% on the economy without a consistent robust and accessible benchmark or any sensible work done. Spontaneously made up or believed in performance ratings are delusional but facts and figures are hard to find, by routine governance choice. A rule of thumb benchmark that accurately determines the ethos, vision and energy expended by a African government or leader on domestic governance is  sufficiently expressed not by a great book, great paper or great teaching but by a terse insightful unequivocal musing of George Ayittey in The Strange Case of Xenophilia that is very easily supported by metrics. Continue reading

Yankius on Iyabo Obasanjo’s Ambition to Be President

Natural Injection: O mi Yankius, which ones? I know say you go don dissect the open letter when Obasanjo send to President Buhari. What’s your opinion on the matter?

Yankius: I did not and will never read it.

Natural Injection: Really, why? You normally read everything. Wetin dey pepper you inside?

Yankius: When Obasanjo was president of Nigeria, if anyone voiced criticism of him he simply to them dokuously to “Shut Up!” then head up.

Natural Injection: Okay, that’s true. You read the letter when his own daughter, Iyabo, write take call her Papa hypocrite because of him open letter to Buhari?

Yankius: Yesio, I don dissect the letter with many different styles.You self go like. But na ancient news. Continue reading

The Unfortunate Magic of the First 100 Days in Office

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The first 100 days in office is essentially a “confidence report” or “reassurance of commitment” to the electorate by a politician has been elected into executive office after three months. Although a fancy “report card”, it is a trifling thing with some media-circus ceremonial importance. It is unfortunate for a polity to rely on it as a genuine measure of political success.

In Nigeria’s case, the first 100 days is far less than 1% (i.e. 0.07%) of the four-year tenure of an elected executive. Continue reading

“OurVotesCount”: 2015 Elections & the National Association of Seadogs

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The #OurVotesCounts voter education and election monitoring project run by the National Association of Seadogs (NAS) was a laudable project that sought to help in the constructive actualisation of a “free and fair” general election and encourage voters to go the ballot with their conscience rather than their stomachs in the 2015 general elections. How wonderful!

Who is leading or heading #OurVotesCounts project and NAS itself? Continue reading

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