Author: Whispers NG

Corruption and Religion In Nigeria

I research corruption in Nigeria/Africa. I have written and published scholarly papers on the subject. It is a topic that fascinates me immensely, both on a scholarly and a philosophical level. I constantly want to know why people are corrupt (the psychology of corruption), and why Nigeria’s corruption problem persists and is reproduced through time and space. I want to know what drives corruption and why people are willing to do or tolerate diabolical things to acquire wealth and satiate their greed. My “obsession” with corruption means that I am attuned to mundane and quotidian incidents that, unknown to...

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Youth and Leadership Shift for Development

Our nation, like most African countries, is degenerating into deep developmental and integration crisis – a threatening quagmire challenging the core and fundamental pillars of our nationhood. This moment is like Charles Dickens’s “best of times; is the worst of times, it is the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness, it is the epoch of belief, it is the epoch of incredulity,” This moment in our national history beckons for a paradigm “leadershift” in our political landscape for a development solution driven leadership. A peaceful social political revolution through viable visions, critical social progress reasoning, credible leadership...

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The Revolution Has No Tribe

Do you not know that poverty is not an Ijaw man? He will not spare the rest of us and afflict only the Ishan He will step over the river and come across the border So, when the drums sound let everybody answer Do you not know that corruption is not from Nekede? He will not hear that Ife had no dealings with Modakeke He will wake up all of our children at might with hunger So, when the drums sound, let everybody answer Do you not know that HIV/AIDS is not Kanuri He will not select his victims...

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Nigeria: The Politics of Corruption

In a surprise move, the Nigerian government recently released a list of alleged treasury looters from the immediate past administration. In power on the political platform of the All Progessives Congress (APC), the Muhammadu Buhari administration was responding to a dare by Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who wondered why the country’s vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, a professor of law, would make blanket accusations of corruption against his party members. It was probably a mistake. With the chairman of the PDP topping the list, the Buhari administration might have also erred. Because now the...

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Where Is the Nigerian Opposition?

Less than a year to the next general elections in Nigeria, the biggest deficit in the political process leading to that moment is the absence of a robust, virile and effective opposition. The role of the opposition in a democracy is to question, criticise, challenge, and audit the governments of the day – local and national – and make them more transparent and accountable, and even if these twin-objectives may not be immediately achieved, the opposition exists nonetheless to put the people in power “on their toes”, as it were in the people’s overall interest. This is the underlying...

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