NEWS + ANALYSIS
JAPHETH J OMOJUWA

NEWS + ANALYSIS

NIGERIA’S POLITICIANS WON’T DEBATE THE REAL ISSUES BEFORE NATIONAL ELECTION

March 11, 2015 | by Japheth J Omojuwa

Nigeria’s general election will be held on March 28, with only a short time left for the political conversation to address crucial issues like national insecurity, the declining economy, and endemic corruption — but substantive discussion has been little more than a sideshow to the campaign trivialities that have taken center stage in recent weeks. These are dicey times for Nigeria, and the elections are only a diversion in a troubling story that will continue long after the polls are closed and the results announced.

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BEYOND THE BRING-BACK-OUR-GIRLS HASHTAG IN NIGERIA

June 6, 2014 | by Japheth J Omojuwa

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said that “the way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.” This statement aptly sums up what the #BringBackOurGirls campaign is trying to accomplish. When the girls are finally rescued, the Nigerian government is likely to wax lyrical about its commitment to national security, but this was the same government that chose silence when action was needed.

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