In its March 31, 2014 issue, Time magazine published an article entitled “Nigeria’s Reckless Neglect” by Alexis Okeowo. The premise of Okeowo’s article was that the Islamic military insurgency in North-East Nigeria was as a result of past Nigerian governments neglect of social and economic problems of the North leading to one of the highest… Read more
For those of us who have lived through military dictatorships, we always dread military coups and their rule. Growing up in Nigeria, I lived through the military administrations of General Olusegun Obasanjo (1976-1979), General Muhammadu Buhari (1983-1985), General Ibrahim Babangida (1985-1993), General Sani Abacha (1993-1998), and General Abdulsalami Abubakar (1998-1999). During these years, Nigeria experienced… Read more
One hundred and fifteen cardinals from around the world gathered this week to elect a new pope for the Catholic church. They elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit priest from Argentina. We believe that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit they have chosen a man whom they believe is the right person… Read more
In 1999, the most populous African nation, Nigeria returned to democratic rule. Prior to this time, Nigeria was ruled by military dictators. Most notable of these were General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, the self-proclaimed “Evil Genius” and General Sani Abacha, who died mysteriously in 1998, paving the way for civilian rule. Abacha’s rule was a reign… Read more
This blog is written by Bekeh Ukelina Utietiang, a researcher and writer. My areas of research are development history, political and religious culture of modern Africa. I have special interest in religious and political movements and how these are in dialogue with the societies in which they exist.