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Why Soldiers Condemned to Death for Mutiny Must Not Die, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Mutiny is a very dangerous threat to the conduct and prosecution of war. It does not happen in a vacuum, and it is grounded in a groundswell of severe discontent and resentment. Through the ages, material deprivation, poor governance, inadequate welfare are the principal causes of mutiny. The soldiers' collective…
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Buhari: A Symbol Of Ethics And Integrity, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

As we look to hire a new President to sweep off the horrendously incompetent Goodluck Jonathan, we need to consider the prescription of Warren Buffet, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway. He said, "In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy.…
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Voter Suppression through Permanent Voter’s Card, By Bamidele Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Permanent Voter's Card (PVC) is a solution in search of a problem. We must admit that there is a systematic attack on voting rights in Nigeria. The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is making it harder for people to vote with their vanishing PVC's. They came out ill-prepared despite having…
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Jonathan, his “boys” and the reigning regime of “Who Will Catch Me?”, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

A former governor with familial and business ties to Chad was fingered as a sponsor of terror. The next thing we saw; he became Nigeria's roving ambassador on terrorist matters, cruising around protected, under heavy State Security cordon. His state's airport is closed to air traffic. Even the current governor…
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Reflections On Rural Life, By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

The disconnect between life in rural Nigeria and life in the big cities is huge! In the unwilling megalopolis called Lagos as well as other cities, pseudo-modern sprawls are creeping up with no discernible criterion that is uniquely Nigerian. Life and living is robbed of common sense, moral action, renewal…
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Beyond 2015: The Brass Tasks Ahead, By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

Nigeria is in double jeopardy, afflicted with the twin evil of falling oil prices and falling reserves. Nigerians should start getting ready to face the music. Recently, the Finance Minister insisted in her guarded public pronouncements that Nigeria is not broke. But fortunately, the facts are there for everyone to…
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Is OPEC Toast, Is Nigeria Broke? By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

World’s demand for oil grew from million barrels per day in 1973 to 92 million barrels per day today. Nigeria has largely squandered its earnings through looting of the treasury and corruption. The time for reckoning is now here. Compared to other oil exporting countries, Nigeria has nothing to show…
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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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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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Utilitarianism – What Nigeria Lost, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The horror of living in a country so blessed yet so devastated can be explained by the lack of belief in utilitarianism. Nigeria is not breeding apostles of kindness and compassion in significant numbers. There are few torch bearers for the common good and there is little concern for human…
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