Tuesday, May 24, 2022


Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, a lawyer, is co-convener of Nigeria Mourns. He writes in his personal capacity.
March 20, 2022

When courts of law become political sex workers

Nigerian courts are nothing if not consistent in this kind of magic.

The Supreme Court of Nigeria
March 13, 2022

Africans and the Russia-Ukraine War

Since African governments have decided not to endow their own people with love, the rest of the world has chosen that Africans will not get the benefit of international law.

African Union plenary
March 6, 2022

Chidi Odinkalu: Emir of Kano, Air Peace and with too many sovereigns

With this many sovereigns, folks may be forgiven for wondering whether Nigeria is capable of forging a country.

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and Air Peace
February 27, 2022

Are Nigerians a people not worth counting?

Democracy may depend on numbers but Nigeria’s numbers are hardly good for democracy.

February 20, 2022

Innumerate election register enables Nigeria’s crisis of illegitimate government

A country that defaults to judicialising its numbers in this way to paper over incapacities in counting imperils democracy and cannot account for anything.

Women voting
February 12, 2022

Chidi Odinkalu: Nigeria and the price of sovereign innumeracy

There was a national census in 1973 which, as Karl Maier recalls, proved to be “farcical.” The results were never published.

Nigerian Map
January 30, 2022

Chidi Odinkalu: Ernest Adegunle Shonekan and Nigeria’s unending tale of three masters

In Nigeria, history repeats itself over and over under three masters.

Ernest Adegunle Shonekan
January 16, 2022
January 9, 2022

An inconvenient manifesto to reclaim Nigeria’s judiciary

The roles of appointment, promotion, discipline, training and appellate control of lower courts cannot justifiably all be located in one person and office.

The Supreme Court of Nigeria
December 13, 2021

Living and dying young in Buhari’s Nigeria

That is what General Buhari’s Nigeria has become: a country without a past, bereft of a future and unable to describe its present.

President Muhammadu Buhari and late Sylvester Oromoni Jnr