Bámidélé Upfront

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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Yes, Poverty Is a Crime; that’s Why the Poor Are Vagrants, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...what we are seeing is conflating poverty with Part of the problem might be in the training regime for security agencies, in which the poor are assumed to have criminal tendencies naturally. In mid-March, newspapers carried the report that an Abuja Grade 1 Area Court in Karu sentenced four vagrants…
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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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Columns

Magu and Daura as Signifiers that Presidential Authority Has Crumbled, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Today, Nigerians are getting very worried that President Muhammadu Buhari is too weak to exercise his authority and his subalterns are taking the opportunity to do what they like. Let us hope and pray that the President can re-assert his authority immediately by ensuring that all his subaltern appointees obey…
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The Imperative of Rolling Back Our Dangerous Impulses, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

We must aspire to actions and deeds that are bigger than our existence. Nigeria will not be great until each one of us aspires to a larger mind than the one that will be destroyed with our brain in death. President Muhammadu Buhari came back contrary to the wishes of…
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Our Brand New Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, By Jibrin Ibrahim

This government has already built a solid reputation as the slowest government in Nigerian history. If it took 20 out of the available 48 months to develop the Plan, I wonder when the gear will shift to full implementation. Finally, after 20 months in office, the government published its Economic…
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