Towards Building a New Nigeria: National Re-Orientation or Transformation?

Every nation should be concerned about the issue of orientation. This, in reality, is a contemporary way of talking about a national ideology or national philosophy. There must be a set of values that are collectively endorsed to guide, direct, condition and shape the processes and patterns of production, exchange and accumulation as well as socio-political and economic engagements in a direction that improves on the living conditions of the majority…

Reinventing Africa for the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

Reinventing Africa for the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century By Professor Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON, OGI Being Text of the 2010 Annual Public Lecture of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), Lagos, 22nd July, 2010 It is a great pleasure to be here with you all today and I thank CBAAC …

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Nigeria’s Democratic Enterprise Since 1999: A Preliminary Assessment

Democracy is also about human, especially socio-economic and cultural rights, due process, accountability, fiscal discipline, transparency and the careful but targeted deployment of scarce resources to meeting the basic needs of the majority of the people. Let me add that democracy is about ensuring a steady and qualitative improvement in the lives of the people, in their socio-economic, political, cultural and spiritual development, the protection of their environment, the decolonisation of their minds, and putting the people in the middle of holistic and sustainable growth and development.

Good Governance and Economic Bliss

The issue before us is economic bliss and good governance. I have changed it to good governance and economic bliss because it is good governance that makes economic bliss possible. Contrary to the thinking of many intellectuals and policy makers, just as we all know the difference between good health and illness, ordinary people know the difference between development and underdevelopment. Today, some nations like to make themselves feel good by saying they are developing nations: we shall not argue with that.

Leadership and Sustainability of Democracy in Nigeria

By Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere, OGI, OON Text of Lecture delivered to mark the Inauguration of the Edo State Chapter of the Yar’Adua/Jonathan Solidarity Forum, at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, June 27, 2009. PROTOCOL I thank the organizers for inviting me to deliver this lecture. I heartily congratulate all …

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Report of the Technical Committee on the Niger Delta

In an attempt to tackle the crisis in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, the government set up a technical committee with the following terms of reference: To collate, review and distill the various reports, suggestions and recommendations on the Niger Delta from the Willinks Commission Report (1958) to the present, and give a summary …

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Leadership and the Future of Nigeria

…the nature of society, existing contradictions and opportunities, power balances and societal values can determine whether the imbued leadership qualities can be nurtured, subverted or simply negated or ignored. Leadership can be individual or collective. Either way, the purpose of leadership at home, work or anywhere for that matter is to exercise power, provide direction, encourage and inspire others, show the right direction, build appropriate legacies for the future generation, and work for the common or public good.

Political Obligation and Democratization

POLITICAL OBLIGATION AND DEMOCRATIZATION Professor Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON Text of Lecture Delivered at the Workshop on Political Obligations/Social Contract for Local Government Political Officers in Cross River State, Calabar, April 21st, 2008 It is indeed a pleasure to be amongst you here today. Let me congratulate you all on your election as chairmen of …

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Ethnic Reconciliation

Ethnic Reconciliation by Professor Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON Paper delivered at the Policy and Programme Retreat 2007, Organised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta State Chapter, Grand Hotel, Asaba, Delta State, February 2007. I thank the Delta State Chapter of our great Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for inviting me to deliver this …

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Constitutionalism and the National Question in Nigeria

Constitutionalism and the National Question in Nigeria Julius O. Ihonvbere The number one political contradiction or challenge in Africa today is how to deal with the national question.  The continent’s history and the contradictions and engagements of the post-colonial era have precipitated deep political fault lines and congealed interests on both side of the political …

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