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Anthony A. Kila
Director of Studies, ECAPS
European Centre for Advanced and Professional Studies
Cambridge England
United Kingdom

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  • Garba Ogbede should be sacked or promoted.
    by Anthony A. Kila
    July 25, 2016
    There is no doubt in my mind, given the ways things are going in the country; Mr Garba Ogbede should not be allowed to remain at his present position: The man should either be sacked or promoted.
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  • It is time for a moratorium on this National Assembly
    by Anthony A. Kila
    June 23, 2016
    In a sane society, there is a level below which no individual or group should be allowed to sink into, hence we have rules for incapacitation and practices of charity and isolation for those who show trends that can hurt our humanity and indeed our sociality. Mercy is what is reserved for the weak and ill ones amongst us; castigation is what we save for our errant ones. When the offender is powerful due to status or capacity then the answer must include rebellion.
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  • This PDP should Perish or Reform
    by Anthony A. Kila
    June 07, 2016
    Once upon a time, there was a land wherein it was common practice for everyone to be happily affected by, and even actively participate in any kind of religious festival or event around them. It did not really matter whether it was a Christian, Muslim or Egungun festival, everyone in the various communities enjoyed the events and they all rejoiced with their associates, colleagues, neighbors or family members who were part of that creed even though they were not. The only difference between say a Christian and a Muslim on Christmas day was who paid bill because everybody celebrated and those that belonged to the celebrated faith hosted or sent refreshments to those that did not
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  • This PDP should Perish or Reform
    by Anthony A. Kila
    May 25, 2016
    There is no other way to put it; the PDP as it appears today is not useful to Nigeria and to students of politics anywhere in the world. As a party, it is confused; as a movement, it seems soulless and with no principles or vision, as a group it appears shapeless and with no structure or ethos. Even its brightest and most articulate minds appear not to want to associate with the party. The best of the party have developed the habit of speaking as individuals or even like mere passers-by rather than as members or leaders of a party that was in power till just about a year ago.
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  • Buhari should say something about CBN Recruitment Scandal
    by Anthony A. Kila
    April 27, 2016
    There is an open sore on the minds and dignity of many Nigerians that probably only President Buhari can quickly heal by saying something clear and loud about the sore and those that caused it. The sore in question is the recent murky recruitment exercise carried out by the Central Bank of Nigeria in which children and close relatives of public office holders and politicians were secretly recruited into sensitive and highly lucrative jobs
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  • We need to do something about this NTA
    by Anthony A. Kila
    October 18, 2015
    After a long period of abstinence, I have returned to discover that there is still an open sore on the airwaves of Nigeria and since about over a decade ago, thanks to technology, from Nigeria to the airwaves of practically the whole world. The sore is in the form of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). It is an open wound that hurts millions of Nigerians within and beyond the shores of Nigeria and it needs urgent healing; there is no other way of saying it, this NTA as it stands today needs to be either thoroughly reformed or completely disbanded.
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  • If Buhari does not probe
    by Anthony A. Kila
    May 28, 2015
    If for any reason in the world, the new Muhammadu Buhari led administration does not probe suspected looters and recover stolen funds for Nigeria we shall have no choice but to conclude that the new President Buhari is an adulterated version of the General that Nigerians voted for in the last elections.
    NigerianNews Special

  • The curious case of Ben Murray-Bruce
    by Anthony A. Kila
    May 13, 2015
    There is a fascinating metamorphosis going on amongst Nigerian elites that is worth of paying attention to. Like in the biological process wherein animals physically develop a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in their body structure through cell growth and differentiation, some Nigerian elites are rapidly metamorphosing into something different from what they were. Unlike in the animal kingdom, the metamorphosis of the Nigerian elites seems to be externally induced by the results of the general elections and in particular the emergence of General Muhamadu Bhuari as President-elect.
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  • Kaduna on my Mind
    by Anthony A. Kila
    April 08, 2015
    Dear friends at home and abroad, today my short notes are dedicated to the state of Kaduna.
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  • Simple questions for Yoruba monarchs
    by Anthony A. Kila
    March 09, 2015
    The presidential campaign team of the PDP and their presidential flag bearer, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan must know something we do not know about the electoral value of the monarchs in some parts of Yourubaland for he is spending quite some time with them lately. Let us be clear, such move is legitimate: a candidate has the right even the duty to do anything within the law to secure his or her victory. Seeking support and endorsements is not only a natural part of the electoral process; it is indeed a healthy part of it
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  • Dear APC, Saying No is not enough
    by Anthony A. Kila
    February 03, 2015
    Lest we become guilty of what we accuse others of doing, it is important we clearly and calmly say to the APC Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) and indeed the whole of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership and voters that whilst their refusal to participate in the NEDG-organised presidential debates is not only a legitimate but also a politically astute move, it is however below the standard of what the country needs today
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  • Simple needed laws Nigerian politicians will not pass
    by Anthony A. Kila
    January 01, 2015
    What do you think is the main problem facing Nigeria? Yes, you are not the only that think so.
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  • Jimi Agbaje's biggest burden
    by Anthony A. Kila
    December 24, 2014
    If you believe in luck then you will have to admit that compared to most of the states of the federation, my state, Lagos is indeed a lucky state in terms of governance and its political process. From the days of Jakande to that of the outgoing Governor Fashola, no administrative imbecile or political lunatic has ever seriously contested for let alone become governor of the state. Whilst one might have reservations about some of their actions or style of governance, it will be objectively difficult to completely write off any past elected governor of Lagos as a pure failure.
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  • Politicians are ready; are the people ready?
    by Anthony A. Kila
    December 17, 2014
    The primaries are over. Some politicians are happy many more are grieving and recovering from the shock of losing. That is their world, they are rational political beings: the most stupid politician in the world knows why he or she is the process, what about the citizens though, are we so rational; do we know what we want?
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  • The burdens of this new APC.
    by Anthony A. Kila
    June 25, 2013
    After weeks of our national carnival of the absurd in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those managing it engaged in a parade, wherein factions were dancing to the tune “suspend this”, “fire that” and “I dare you”, our self-proclaimed biggest party in Africa has had its NEC and President Goodluck Jonathan has spoken. Here is a prediction: Last week will not go unnoticed. Last week will be remembered by students of politics as the week the PDP finally lost or regained its bearing on the way to the 2015 general elections. The coordinating conjunction “or” is a must here not only because of the self-evident fact that 2015 is such a long time away, but also because of three main variables: the Nigerian political theatre, effects of power and the role of the opposition.  NigerianNews Special

  • Are they fit to rule?
    by Anthony A. Kila
    June 11, 2013
    June 12 is coming almost here again and though those that are paid to represent and act on behalf of the citizens of this great country have decided to celebrate its democracy day last month, it is this week, of June of 12, that many of us continue to believe democracy should be celebrated and reflected upon. And though most of us still privately provide for our own water, electricity, pay for our children’s education, employ our security staff and go the extra miles to personally reassure international partners to do business with us, we still cannot ignore those ruling the country.  NigerianNews Special

     

  • The Italian Festa.
    by Anthony A. Kila
    June 07, 2011
    Our notes will be incomplete if we do not pause to invite some reflections upon some of the events that took place beyond our shores last week. For whilst we were following the state organized inauguration ceremonies of newly elected officials across Nigeria, with some wondering if the spectacles were worth the tabs, and others speculating on who will be nominated by the elected, Italians were partying across their cities and giving the world some useful lessons on what democracy is all about: the primacy of people.  NigerianNews Special

     

  • There is still one more inauguration to do.
    by Anthony A. Kila
    May 31, 2011
    Unavoidable, a lot of attention of has been drawn to the inauguration ceremonies that recently took place across most parts of Nigeria for newly elected leaders and those returning and I am sure they will still generate more conversations and analysis.  NigerianNews Special

     

  • Short changing the Ndigbo: Victims and Perpetrators.
    by Anthony A. Kila
    May 24, 2011
    The ongoing clamor for the post of speaker of the house of representative by leaders of many Ndigbo sociopolitical and partisan groups has brought back the themes of political marginalization, exclusion and even shortchanging of the Ndigbo back to the forefront of the national discourse in Nigeria. Some important questions need to be clearly and analytically answered about these themes.  NigerianNews Special

     

  • Two Governors and Many Missing Opportunities.
    by Anthony A. Kila
    May 17, 2011
    In democracy, government is not just about nominating people into power, providing services and representing people; it is also about building and defending institutions, setting standards, being accountable and transparent. In dealing with their universities, which is part of my own most immediate constituency, the Governors of Edo and Ekiti states, Mr Adams Oshiomole and Dr Kayode Fayemi, have missed many opportunities to act as true patriotic democrats should operate whilst dealing with matter of the state.  NigerianNews Special

     

  • CBN Governor should work for real people
    by Anthony A. Kila
    May 10, 2011
    Even when joyful, it is always advisable to keep one’s eyes open. The recent inclusion of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Lamido Sanusi, on the celebrated list of the 100 most influential people in world has filled many of us with pride and joy but a closer look at the achievements of his administration has also shown us that there is a missing trophy in the collection of the CBN Governor.    NigerianNews Special

     

  • It is time to form a Yoruba Nation.
    by Anthony A. Kila
    May 03, 2011
    Unless we want to deceive ourselves or we genuinely fail to see reality then we must accept that the voters that went to the polls last week to decide who should be governors did not only elect their governors. They also used their thumbprint and ballot papers to draw a map that clearly states that the time has come to form a Yoruba nation.   NigerianNews Special
     

  • Wild Wild North: A festival of Incompetence and Mischief
    by Anthony A. Kila
    April 26, 2011
    Lest we all become guilty of what we accuse others of doing, two things need to be said very clearly about the ongoing crisis in the Northern part of Nigeria: one is that  the Northern crisis is a very good example of a predictable and therefore avoidable tragedy; the other is that such tragedy was made possible by those elites in charge of the country’s affairs who at a crucial time in the life of their country proved to be in most cases incompetent, in some cases ingenuous and even mischievous in some other cases.  NigerianNews Special

     

  • We are not all guilty
    by Anthony A. Kila
    April 14, 2011
    When talking about issues and prospects of the country, it is a common place in Nigeria to lump together its people and wrap them up as one into a shroud of helplessness inside which people are jolted and crushed every so often by the shock of some obvious and clearly avoidable mishaps; the recently concluded parliamentary elections is a clear proof, for those that need one, that we the people are not all the same and that we are not all guilty of the woes of Nigeria.  NigerianNews Special

     

  • Towards a normal country
    by Anthony A. Kila
    April 06, 2011
    Before and beyond the obvious irritating and expensive ridicule that Nigerians at home and abroad were exposed to last week, thanks to the postponement of the parliamentary elections (or NASS as they say in the Nigerian parlance), it should now be clear to all those that care and bother to think that what this country desperately needs right now is to consciously move towards normalcy rather than continue to seek greatness. NigerianNews Special

     

  • Goodbye “No Probs”: Tribute to Otunba Jobi Fele
    by Anthony A. Kila
    March 31, 2011
    As attentive readers of my notes will have noticed it is not our habit to write about people. We even do our best to refrain from naming protagonists when admonishing or approving, as we firmly believe that given where we are today only a few very deserve our mentioning. If you scan newspapers and magazines and you think about the most mentioned individuals, you will quickly realise that only a few people are today famous for their invention, productivity, integrity, labor or altruism. NigerianNews Special

     

  • Notes on 2011 Presidential Debate
    by Anthony A. Kila
    March 24, 2011
    The recently concluded presidential debate has taken discussions about the forth-coming general elections in Nigeria to a different and interesting dimension. Overall, the event was well organised, well attended and more importantly very followed and now widely discussed. Thanks to the internet, and other form of technologies such as the satellite, Nigerians within and beyond the country continue to watch and  talk about the debate face to face, via telephone conversations, through text messages and as predictable, the internet abounds with comments and judgments about the debate and the candidates. NigerianNews Special

     

  • Agonies of a Global Villager
    by Anthony A. Kila
    March 21, 2011
    It is now virtually impossible for most people to finish a day without using or coming across the concept of global village. Some cite it directly whilst most refer to it. As one can imagine, these allusions come in different spices and each one of us will use it or come across it in our own way and in our own world. NigerianNews Special

     

  • Political Profile of Irrational Voters
    by Anthony A. Kila
    March 07, 2011
    There are roughly two categories of people involved in any electoral process. In the first category we have the very few that actively seek office and each one works to get as much vote as he or she can get; these are the candidates. By the way, the word candidate comes from candidātus (in Latin dressed in white) because in ancient Rome, those seeking office were dressed in white togas. The second category is made of the very many who have to vote for the very few in the first category, they are the voters and each voter has only one vote to manage. NigerianNews Special

     

  • Electoral Scorecard for Rational Citizens
    by Anthony A. Kila
    February 28, 2011
    We now know the names of all the candidates that will be contesting in the forthcoming elections, we also know who their running mates will be. A point needs to be made immediately about these candidates: unlike what we have seen for too long in Nigeria, those running for elections this time around are doing so because they explicitly want to do so. NigerianNews Special

     

  • Internal Democracy: Exit, Voice and Loyalty
    by Anthony A. Kila
    February 14, 2011
    The list that came last week with the names of candidates for the forthcoming political elections should be the final lists of flag bearers that will contest on behalf of the political parties registered by INEC. It should be so not because we like or dislike any of the candidates on the list but simply because electoral regulations (according to section 31 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010) clearly states that the list needs to be published within seven days of the receipt of the now famous form CF001. For the few engaged participants and the very many affected citizens, the list should finally tell us who is still fighting as a candidate and who is out for now. NigerianNews Special

  • Burden of an Unpassing Past
    by Anthony A Kila
    August 15, 2007
    There is a consensus in the corporate world that Africa as a whole and Nigeria in particular, is the market of the future. Most researchers and investors agree that Nigerians, for example, just need to be informed about the existence and quality of certain goods and services and demands will come from individuals and private organisations. NigerianNews Special