Bámidélé Upfront

Drug Barons, Cheats, terrorists and Thieves as Chargé d’affaires, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

When a fugitive drug baron is in charge of his geo-political zone on behalf of his political party, all hope is about lost. When an alleged murderer, thug, and con artist wins a governorship election, all values are about toast and hell’s door is about open. When a terrorist, who…
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Nigeria at 54: Seeking an Illusive Future, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week, we celebrated our 54th independence anniversary. Did I say celebrate. Well, at least the President did cut an anniversary cake in his sitting room and his ministers went there to great him. This is the fourth year that the Federal Government has not had the audacity to properly…
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Bámidélé Upfront

In The Life Of A Thug, beating A Judge Is Fair Game, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

There are tells in the Ekiti Story for the Ekiti’s, the Yorubas especially, and Nigerians. The poor masses are the schnooks, taken hostage, pillaged and duped by their favorite thug and crook. Slaps and unsolicited beating is what you get when you elect a blow-dried thug because he played Ayo…
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Jibrin Ibrahim

Escalation of Third Party Campaigning, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Apparently, the Secretary of the Government, Anyim Pius Anyim is now my colleague in civil society. I say this because I heard my good friend Mike Omeri of the National Orientation Agency explaining on radio the other day that the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAM) are civil society activists simply…
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Elections 2015: Of Cats and Kites, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Governors Sule Lamido and Muazu Babangida Aliyu have failed to bell the Jonathan cat. It turned out that they are lily-livered, chicken, cowards and without balls. In March last year, Governor Aliyu had presented himself as the leader of the Northern Governors who had in his possession a signed commitment…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Why Are Nigerians Good At Picking Bad Leaders? Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

Nigerians are good at picking bad leaders because we focus on all the wrong things, like a candidate’s contrived narrative - lack of shoes, charm, exaggerated meekness, superfluous religiosity, their stellar pedigree or their deep pockets. None of these has any bearing on a candidate’s leadership potential. Attributes of good…
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Reading the Nigerian State through a Good Lens, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is becoming increasingly clear that the #BringBackOurGirls Movement is an effective lens for accurately reading the state of the Nigerian State and the depth of the crisis it is facing. Even more important, the Movement has been pointing out the path that needs to be taken to save the…
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