Bámidélé Upfront

Professional Politicians As Incompetents, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

We must shun the idea of a professional politician who has nothing to return to if he loses an election. We must disavow any politician who is fixated on power, wants power for its sake and one who seeks financial reward. If we don’t do these, we will continue to…
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President Buhari, Tunnel Vision and Optics, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Where do we go from here? President Buhari has shown that integrity is not enough to govern. Politics and disparate ambitions among key actors in government is consuming this administration. Buhari is messing up his own legacy. He can wrestle his administration back from the hands of amphibious destroyers in…
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Judicial Tyrants and The Rule Of Thieves, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Can justice be served in the case of Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and her indicted colleagues? Hopefully! We must show our collective outrage and see this cancer for what it is. The arrests, indictments and evidences confirm what we have known all along but which the government ignored - that the judiciary…
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May We Never Forget Them and Their Sacrifice, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

To honour their memory, our appreciation must go beyond burying them at the National Cemetery. It must go beyond posthumous honors. The least we can do for those who made the ultimate sacrifice is to demand better conditions and equipment for soldiers on the battlefield. We must demand that the…
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Nigeria According to Personal and Political Ethics (II), By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

One of the biggest problems in Nigeria is that many powerful people mistake themselves for the state. In the hands of leaders like Saraki, Nigeria will remain unfortunate unless Nigerians rise against religious, ethnic and monetary considerations when electing public office holders. Things happen very fast when the Nigerian political…
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The Buhari Administration – Between Arbitrariness and Institutionalisation, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

President Buhari should know that he’s frittered his goodwill and Nigerians are now impatient. The people of this country, from Sokoto to Uyo, are tired of appeals to ignorance, emotions, untestable claims to know, unachievable promises to deliver, and all forms of manufactured and exaggerated crises. John Locke calls it…
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Nigeria According To Personal and Political Ethics (I), By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Obanikoro did not come back home because he loves Nigeria. He came home because America will not let him be Musiliu Obanikoro. He will rather come home and bribe judges or even be in prison for a few months where he gets to renovate his own wing of the prison…
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Is Democracy and Freedom Good For Nigeria?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The real issues and problems in our democratic experiment should concern us all. The issues are the lack of institutions to protect us from ourselves, education, poverty, the social and economic roles of families, the lack of democracy in our economic lives, and the need to redefine our local governments.…
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Yoruba Ancestry: What They Couldn’t See, What We Can See, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

If we get our acts together, educate our children to global standards, we could create a Yoruba regional miracle within the continent with the rapidly growing workforce. Our fathers say the war does not affect the wise cripple. How we prepare for the coming population boom is the single most…
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Beyond Selfies: Zuckerberg’s Visit and The Knowledge Economy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Nigeria is light years behind in the new knowledge economy. For it to compete, ground work must be laid to become factor driven, efficiency driven and innovation driven. A lot of work needs to be done in education and skills development, power generation and distribution, technological readiness and innovation. Beyond…
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