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Nigeria: 2017 Trend Analysis and the Contours of Inertia, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The most frightening trend for 2017 is the return of hunger and malnutrition to Nigeria. In 2016, we observed the growth of starvation in the North-East due to the Boko Haram insurgency. The dollar crisis has increased the annual trend of buying up food from farmers at harvest and exporting…
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Chibok, Sambisa and the Struggle for Liberation, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The various crises affecting different parts of the country have created a vast humanitarian The challenge before the nation is the reconstruction of the Nigerian State and the placement of the safety and welfare of Nigerians at the centre of the governance agenda. Let 2017 be the year in which…
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Corruption Is Deep But It Can Be Defeated, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigeria became the only country in the civilised world where corrupt persons could get court injunctions stopping the prosecutorial agencies and the courts from investigating and prosecuting their corrupt acts. The tide is changing. The wheels of justice are turning and our only prayer is that all those guilty of…
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The Magu Affair and the Crumbling of Presidential Authority, By Jibrin Ibrahim

If the president allows himself to lose his legitimacy, he cannot exercise his authority and that is what we are beginning to observe. The president appointed Magu to the EFCC in November 2015 and thirteen months later, he cannot get the appointment confirmed. Where is his authority? The action of…
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MMM and the Narrative of a Nigeria Open to All Swindlers, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigeria has had a history of “wonder banks” offering clients unbelievable returns on their money, and in the 1980s and 1990s, the government had banned such banks and closed their operations. Is it because MMM are foreigners that they were allowed to operate freely and even to regularly criticise government?…
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Ghana 2016: The Art of Losing Elections, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The NPP campaign programme was effective but at the end of the day, Akufo-Addo did not win the elections, John Mahama lost it. Ghana’s electoral geography is well known and there are swing districts that change to deliver victory or defeat to incumbents. The swing districts all moved to the…
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2016 Ghana Elections Smooth But Tensions High, By Jibrin Ibrahim

This time round, it appears feasible that Nana Akufo-Addo might have won but as an observer I cannot speculate on the outcome before it is formally declared. What is striking is the very strong mobilisation of the NPP, based on the belief that they won presidential elections on two previous…
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A Propos the Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Godfather (UDIG), By Jibrin Ibrahim

...godfathers define themselves as men who have the power to substitute themselves for the voting citizenry during elections by determining who gets nominated to contest for elections in political parties and who wins the subsequent elections in the state. Since 2011, the integrity of our elections has been improving and…
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What Happens to Governance When the President Will Not Govern?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Governing Nigeria is no easy task and our problems are so many and so deep that governance processes have to be pursued with urgency. There are many successes in President Buhari’s efforts especially on the wars against terrorism and corruption and he must be commended for his achievements. Handling the…
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The Feasibility of Nigerian Parties Becoming Democratic, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The practice in Nigeria is that political barons and godfathers take decisions on behalf of party members who have no say in the running of party affairs. It is actually an aberration to talk of party members in Nigeria. Membership cards are given to barons and godfathers who keep them…
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