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Vigilance in Democratic Transition

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on April 4, 2015 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2015 Presidential Election has been concluded. Nigeria has a President-elect and Nigeria’s political history is richer on many counts. We have witnessed, for the first time, the electoral loss of a ruling party at presidential level. We also bear witness, for the second time, to the metamorphosis of once a military dictator into a democratically elected leader. The difference this time is that this President-elect was not recruited by his fellow dictators. Necessity prod...

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Withdraw this ministerial nomination, Mr. President

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on March 12, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, Canada recorded a conviction under its extant Elections Act. In that case, which is now under appeal, Michael Sona, a Conservative Party campaign employee got a nine-month jail sentence and a year on probation as a result of his role in the so-called “robocalls” incidents. The “robocalls” refer to automated calls that targeted opposition party supporters and falsely advised them, on Election Day, of a change in their designated polling centres. The objective ...

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Poll postponement: Nigeria in the eye of storm

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on February 13, 2015 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It is really true. A day in politics can make a thousand years’ difference. The idea of postponing Nigeria’s 2015 general election originally scheduled for February 14 and 28 was easily dismissible as a dangerous rumour from a fifth columnist. But everything changed following the meeting of the National Council of State on Friday, February 6. Politicians’ inability to give uniform account of what transpired at the meeting was a first sign that all was not well. V...

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2015: Failure foretold or success unforeseen?

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on January 18, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

As was the case in 1993, “Nigeria is on the march again” for a-make-or-break general election. And the Independent National Electoral Commission, the institution constitutionally saddled with conducting Nigeria’s elections is at the centre of that march. Would the elections be another charade or would this time be different? Would there be stalemated or conclusive, fair and free elections? Would actual winners be the official winners? The answers are blowing in the wind, and...

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My Watch and Obasanjo Exceptionalism

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on January 4, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Olusegun Obasanjo is one of the most influential Nigerians alive or dead. As a soldier, a dictator, a national leader and a permanent actor in our political process, Obasanjo is an important part of Nigeria’s post-independence historical trajectory. His role through it all has been quite dramatic, often akin to a fiction more than reality. Within his constituency of sycophants, he was once touted as the “founder” of modern Nigeria, especially during the orchestra...

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Intellectual Property: Leveraging on Diaspora Exchange (I)

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on December 28, 2014 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Depending on where one locates its advent, contemporary globalization is now, certainly, more than half a century. It requires asking whether globalization has been beneficial to Africa. One quick and easy way of addressing this often asked question is to cursorily look at the regional dynamics of over half century of globalization. Not many disagree that East Asia, South East Asia and South American regions have taken a quantum leap. China, India and Brazil have indisputably emerg...

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Aminu Tambuwal: Whose Presidential Race?

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on November 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If the faint signals of the present forebode anything about the 2015 presidential election, it is that we should be worried about INEC’s preparedness to deliver credible polls nationwide. The crisis over permanent voters card is my first exhibit for this contention.



In addition, the security situation in parts of the country continues to deteriorate and presents increased cause for worry as well. Under these not-so-cheerful scenarios, the prospects of an ...

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Africa's renewal: Burkina Faso and youth power

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on November 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (1)

A recently published foresight study on Africa focuses on the potential role of knowledge and innovation as key to Africa’s future.The study conducted by a global network of predominantly African researchers under the aegis of the Open African Innovation Research (Open A.I.R.) makes a link between the continent’s economic prosperity and its political stability. The research points emphatically at one of the defining features of Africa -its burst of untapped youthful energy as the ...

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Mayor Ford: Good Bye from Toronto Mayoralty

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on October 30, 2014 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (2)

On October 21, I was a guest of a Parliamentary Committee within the precincts of the Canadian Federal Parliament in Ottawa. I testified on Bill C-18 (Agriculture Growth Act). The next day, hell was let loose on Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa, no thanks to a gun man that kept University of Ottawa, the entire federal bureaucracy and historic symbols of Canadian democracy on the edge for well over 10 hours after killing a young soldier on duty. The 24-year unarmed soldier was at the Nationa...

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Can Jonathan reverse legacy of impunity?

Posted by Chidi Oguamanam on September 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In the past few weeks, Nigeria’s litany of scandals require a loud and unceasing responsorial ora pro nobis. First, many people of good conscience are still wondering who among President Goodluck Jonathan’s courtiers decided that #BringBackJonathan2015 should be the reward for the failure of his government to #BringBackOurGirls. Second, the controversial Australian “negotiator”, Mr. Stephen Davies, dropped a bombshell in his Boko Haram “revelations”. While ...

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