African Affairs / General / Nigerian Affairs / Syndicated Op-Eds

Understanding Nigeria’s Historic Elections and Why They’re So Contentious

It is common to hear policy makers, development experts and pundits talk about the need to “build strong institutions” in Africa as the solution to governance challenges without quite understanding what processes building or modifying these “institutions” entail. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in their 2012 tour de force, Why Nations Fail, provide a compelling … Continue reading

African Affairs / Events / General / Nigerian Affairs

EVENT: How to Fix Nigeria: The 2015 Elections and Beyond

I’ve been invited by the Royal African Society to participate in a panel discussing the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria, and the underlying political, economic, social and global issues around it.  Details of the event are available on the Royal African Society’s website. I have reproduced it below: Date & Time: Wednesday 28 January, 6:30-8:30PM Venue: Brunei … Continue reading


Premature Election Fever and Security Challenges in Nigeria

This piece below was written for Democracy in Africa. Find the original HERE. ‘…These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state… As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this’, declared Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. This was during his recent imposition of a … Continue reading

General / Nigerian Affairs

Bankole: Culprit, Pawn or Scapegoat?

It an almost widely acknowledged fact that any situation involving huge sums of money and wealth, its allocation and distribution has political dynamics surrounding it. The precise nature or dimension these politics take is something that has locked economists and political scientists over a turf-war of sorts over who is encroaching on whose territory and … Continue reading