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Did the Special Adviser Tell a Fib?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

So, was the special adviser mislead? She could have quite credibly mistaken the number for sub-Saharan Africa’s personal home remittances for Nigeria’s. Or did she simply tell a fib — one that was designed to make her government look good? That the Buhari administration has a sense of humour is…
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On the Forthcoming Cabinet Changes, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...the cabinet change is not designed to deal with identified lapses in the performance of existing ministers, nor to reward ministers who have performed exceptionally — difficult to name any, from my admittedly poor vantage. Rather, halfway into the administration’s term it would just be bringing in new faces —…
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Autarkists and Import Substitution Development Strategies, By Uddin Ifeanyi

At the import substitution and clamour for autarchy levels, this inversion of the cause-effect relationship is already hurting. To make the famed “local rice” affordable, sub-national governments across the land have set about subsidising the price at which people buy it. How do you square initiatives such as this with…
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Nigeria: An Imperfect Balance Between the Useful and the Beautiful, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Ultimately, our bane as a country flows from the fact that the balance between the useful and the beautiful is so skewed in our decision-making models. But what is the meaning of exceptions like this bloke? Do they simply prove the rule (especially when they are so few and far…
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OPEC’s Quota Cut and Big Oil’s Long-term Outlook, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Irrespective of what happens on the 1st of January next year, and six months after, when OPEC is scheduled to take another look at the agreement, the truth is that global oil is in long-term decline. The decision, last week, by member countries of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting…
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Ruminations On What It Means To Be “Modern”, By Uddin Ifeanyi

When we therefore argue that Africa’s growth and development need not be “modern” to make use of the tools that the “West” has deployed in its spiritual and material advance, all we are saying is that there may be other ways in which these spiritual and material values may be…
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There’s a Horde at the Gates, But It Is Not Barbarian, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...according to one of the more colourful imageries to make the echo chambers, Mr. Trump leads a baying mob, pitchfork, tar, and burning torches at the ready, on its way to drain the swamp. So brazen has been his baiting of his legion that they are unlikely to stop until…
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