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Constituency Projects: Easy Money for Leeches and Economic Saboteurs, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Who, or what, can lead Nigeria out of this sour patch of misgovernance? Who will help us educate the leeches in the National Assembly? Who will help protect our future by making sure we plan for this and future generation of Nigerians?.. There is a raging difference of opinion between…
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We Are Sentenced To A Lonely Old Age, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For many of us, our old age will be mired in nostalgia, regret and guilt. We will live long lonely lives with our children far away. As we age, we will shun visits to them, preferring the comfort of the familiar which is the home we have lived in and…
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How Oil Rent Messed Up the Nigerian Brain and Work Ethic, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

How did we get here? The impunity, corruption and mediocrity that has taken root in Nigeria is due to rent. In less than two generations, Nigeria has develop a rentier mentality that dismisses the imperative of work and efforts to make A rentier economy produces a culture that kills development,…
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Religion, Politics and the Growing Poverty Subculture, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

...can religious sensibilities clarify our thinking about poverty when Muslim and Christian clerics have taken control of the minds and pockets of Nigerians? No! Nigerians are fighting the fires of disease, insecurity, hunger and early death due to widespread and escalating poverty, propelled by the lack of vision and greed.…
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Is University Education For Everyone?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The race to the bottom in education started with lack of planning for a bugeoning population and the unrestrained pillaging of the nation's resources. In addition, the state and federal governments made vocational studies unattractive, laid emphasis on university education by focusing on the quantity and not the quality of…
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Dipo Famakinwa (1967-2017): Development Guru and Visionary, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

A good man is gone! What is important now is preserving and advancing his legacy. What does that mean? It means we must not let DAWN die! It means we must ensure capable and resourceful individuals who are committed to the cause of the Yoruba are appointed to lead DAWN…
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The Dumbing Of Nigeria By Entertainment, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The millenials were socialised into dumbness by a combination of irresistible forces, long in existence before they were born. These include the death of a reading and print culture, a disturbing lack of understanding of basic geography, science, history and civics. The dumbing down of Nigeria started with its failed…
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The Anti-Corruption War: Lost Cases and a Lost Cause, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

...justice is not swift in Nigeria as depicted by the sword. Saraki used several tricks to prolong his case and frustrate the administration of justice at the Code of Conduct Tribunal and it is perfectly legal. There is no reason prolonging our agony. Buhari's anti-corruption war is a charade, a…
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The Senate Of Dino’s Face and Saraki’s Hand, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Truly educated leaders will know and understand the limits of their powers and they will help us move beyond the tyranny of the ruling elite and witch hunt based on a few bruised egos. Perhaps we will learn to elect to the legislature, people with political integrity, men and women…
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A Deficit Of Great Leaders, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The entrenchment of machine politics is Nigeria's biggest barrier to political progress, and it will take improvement in ethics to overcome it. Whichever political party we examine, what we see are a people with an atrophied sense of moral perspective. This age, our age, has a deficit of great leaders.…
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