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God and the Nigerian Public Space - For the first time in a long while, I spent four days in Lagos last week to participate in three events. But it was last Thursday that I experienced what is usually described as a good problem. On the same day that I was attending the inaugural meeting of the African Institute for Governance (AIG) as a member of the Advisory Board, I was also supposed to be at the Nigeria Breweries Plc for the interview session to select the 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year Award. At the end, I could only breeze in and out of the Nigeria Breweries panel session, thanks to the understanding of the chairman, Prof. Pat Utomi, who gave me permission to stay at the AIG event. Meanwhile, earlier that morning at the AIG meeting, we had the inauguration of the seven-member Advisory Panel with Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede and his lovely wife, Ofovwe explaining the whole concept to us after which we “unanimously” ratified the chairmanship of President Olusegun Obasanjo. In attendance were Dr. Enase Okonedo of the Lagos Business School, Mr. Ken Offori Atta from Ghana and Prof. Ngaire Woods, Dean of Oxford University Blavatnik School of Government that is partnering with AIG for the Scholarships and Fellowships. While the NBA President, Mr. A.B. Mahmoud, SAN, joined us later, former CBN Deputy Governor, Mr. Ernest Ebi and Mrs Yemisi Ayeni, the two other persons on the Advisory Panel, were absent.