Category Politics

Edward Snowden, hero or villain?

It’s been exactly a year since the NSA contractor Edward Snowden made his now infamous leaks of classified US military documents. Since June 5th 2013, there has been a lot of debate as to if his actions were those of a hero or a villain and depending on what side of the privacy bracket you […]

Why we painted the Ministry of interior red and sprayed the words ‘Murderer’

On Saturday 15th March, we went to the mortuary of Abuja’s National Hospital. We saw seven cold and soulless bodies. They were all passively shaking as the slabs they lay on were one after another pulled out of the freezer. They weren’t even properly labeled as the mortuary staff attending to us had to go […]

New year, old habits

Happy new year (or as the Nigerian government will call it) time to sneak in controversial policies. I can’t believe it has been 22days already: time does fly when you’re having fun. How are we doing with our resolutions? Has everyone failed yet? This year I had only one: live in a place long enough […]

Catholic guilt

I take responsibility for everything that is good and bad in my country. For every wrong perpetrated, there is something I could have done to stop it but I didn’t. If I try hard, if I do everything in my power, if I remain relentless, focused, if I took more time to do right, convince […]

On days like this, I love the house of reps: here is why

I have a love-hate relationship with the rouse of representatives in Nigeria. These are days where they stand up and really speak with the voice of the common man, and then there are days when its all about their greed and how much they can wrestle from the coffers of government. Their independence is refreshing, […]

Sometimes I imagine I am a good writer…

I dreamt that I was going to be an author…a successful one. That was my biggest dream growing up. I thought nothing could be more awesome and gangster than writing books for a living. Eventually, I decided I was also going to be a soccer player, lawyer and scantily the president of my country. Lately, […]

ON HISTORY AND FOUNDING FATHERS (By Abba Kalgo)

Growing up, I revered Nigeria’s founding fathers. I still do. From early social studies lessons, I was taught how our founding fathers fought for independence from colonial masters. I was taught about Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Obafemi Awolowo and their contributions to the development of Nigeria. In later years, I […]