Uche Igwe

Some of President Jonathan’s close allies are threatening, or prophesying, violence in Nigeria should he fail to be re-elected in 2015. His opponents are not taking this lightly. This alarming talk is raising political temperatures in the already deeply divided nation


If the Nigerian government is sincere about achieving peace and solving the recurring problem of electoral violence, it must implement the Sheikh Lemu Report wholly and not selectively. It must, as recommended, mete out punishments alongside compensation and adopt preventive measures

Why are Nigerian politicians so obsessed with awards when most of them have nothing to show in terms of quality service delivery to the citizens who elected them?

Nigerians are getting increasingly disappointed by President Jonathan’s uninspiring record. Religious leaders could play a greater role in pushing him and other politicians to dutifully discharge the mandate given by the electorate

The latest assessment of governance in Nigeria paints a gloomy picture of the African giant. It is not that Nigerians do not know their own problems; they must now step up and stop national decay.

Despite the rhetoric, the Nigerian government has no intention of reforming its oil industry to benefit the people. Nigeria remains the global poster child for “resource curse.”


Although the Malawian constitution is clear about succession in the event of the death or incapacitation of the president, a cabal close to the late President Mutharika wanted to install their own man in power instead of Vice President Joyce Banda.


Africa’s greedy rulers have looted the immense resources of their own countries, leaving the people poor and desperate. The continent’s people must rise up and hold the rulers to account through proper governance mechanisms that will ensure transparent management of national resources.


The emergence of presidential candidates like 27-year-old Ms Kingwa Kamenchu and Ms Martha Karua suggests a departure from the past and mirrors the yearnings and aspirations of the youth and women for an end to politics-as-usual.


Time has come for politics of accountability and inclusion. The country’s top leaders need to move away from their ethnic enclaves and promote reconciliation and healing as Kenya heads to the next election.