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The minister's code, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, June 17 -- There's a growing feeling in high political circles that the media is too free for its own good, and maybe also, for the good of the country. As a result, there are attempts on mul... Read More


What is the endgame in Nigeria's South-East?, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, June 3 -- Nigeria has been struggling with insecurity for over a decade. Against reasonable expectations six years ago when President Muhammadu Buhari was voted in, things have worsened. Com... Read More


The travails of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, May 20 -- The list was long and the contents harsh and threatening. The notices may have been issued separately, but they landed like a packaged digital bomb in my WhatsApp inbox. Eight unio... Read More


Coup Talk and Echoes of a Banana Republic, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, May 13 -- These days, it seems all right to play with fire. The blaze started like a solitary spark in Mali in August when the streets, the elite and jihadists banded to remove President Ibra... Read More


Busybodies Outside the Gates, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, May 6 -- Bill and Melinda Gates had barely finished saying the "D" word when all kinds of marriage counsellors and grief-mongers besieged social media with suggestions of why they think the c... Read More


Generational Tension and Children Up In Arms, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, April 15 -- I was visiting a senior over the weekend when our conversation devolved into the soul of the Nigerian banter: How is the country going, I asked? He paused. After a moment of refl... Read More


The Audacity Of Anarchy, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, April 8 -- There was a BBC News story in February that caught me between laughter and bemusement. The news channel reported, in very strong language matched only by the alarming reactions of ... Read More


Brazil, Zambia and Echoes of a $1.5bn Nigerian Repair, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, April 1 -- Brazil has proved a disaster in the management of COVID-19, but there are other areas where we can use their examples. Like what to do about failing refineries. This hot-button to... Read More


My Vaccination Story, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria, March 25 -- It wasn't planned. I was seeing off my neighbour and friend on Thursday evening when one of the officers of our estate residents' association called out to me. He was in knickers... Read More