Columns

Between Criminal Senators, And The Attack on Free Speech and Social Media, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Freedom of speech is a critical link in the chain of democracy. Nothing should ever be done to abridge it, especially in an emerging democracy and a fragile nation state like Nigeria. Social media in its various forms is the village square of old now transformed into a public sphere…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Why Buhari’s Ministerial List Is A Huge Disappointment, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

We were expecting the unlisted in the ministerial list, instead we were presented with the motley of the common and the known. The list was disappointing and it is hard to imagine that this list of the common and the expected was vetted for so long and under a notorious…
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Columns

Jonathan and the Futility of his Campaign of Attacks, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Up until the primary election of the All Progressives Congress, Nigerians bore the psychological hazard visited on them by the Peoples Democratic Party well. In the hours leading to Buhari's emergence at the APC convention, the groundswell of agitation for him to win was unprecedented. When Buhari emerged, his bond…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Why propaganda, vote-buying won’t save Jonathan, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Taking liberties with facts is in the province of political office holders, political parties and agency bureaucrats. It is what they do when they want to frame their case and sell their policies and programmes. What is lost on this President is that we are all wiser now. We understand,…
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Why Jonathan Will Still Lose Badly, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

All political careers end in tears, said conservative British MP, Enoch Powell, in reference to the departure of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, from Downing Street. He could have been referring to President Goodluck Jonathan, who has poured a lot of state resources into his election war chest and…
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Opinion

The Rape of Our Democracy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

So much has been written about President Goodluck Jonathan's rape of our democracy since his assault on the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday. From that well contrived and coordinated attack on INEC, many of us have gained knowledge and are humbled because the world does not appear as simple…
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Opinion

Trillion Level Looters – A Looter Continua!, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Is anyone still in doubt that Nigeria is a criminal enterprise? Former Central Bank Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has explained in plain English how the custodians of our money, those with whom our fiduciary responsibilities were vested became extraordinary looters and thieves. In just one of three-part series, he showed…
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Columns

The Nigerian Clergy, Politics and Violation of Moral Philosophy, By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

The Christian message governs everyday living and the concept of justice. This same message should resonate and be the concern of politicians and form the cogent reason why a good person should seek power. It is also for this reason that a Christian must have concern for politics and for…
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Nigerian Newspapers and The Loss of Corporate Social Responsibility, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

What does "corporate social responsibility" mean for a media organisation? Does it matter? What measure exists for it? Those questions raced through my mind as I saw the front pages of the Punch, the Guardian and Sun newspapers on Monday, January 19, 2015. The Sun prides itself as a tabloid,…
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Election Violence: What Buhari and Jonathan should do, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

In the last one week, a fresh wave of electoral violence was unleashed on the country by agents of politicians seeking power through destabilization. Some supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were shot on their way to an APC rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. On Sunday, unidentified persons…
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