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Culture and Economic Outcomes, By Rafiq Raji

Culture also plays a role in financial development, which is germane to economic growth. Specifically, a strong correlation is found between uncertainty avoidance and the financial development of a country. That is, countries with high uncertainty avoidance or a low appetite for risk, tend to have relatively less developed financial…
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The Shocking “Need” for Torture Houses, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Yes, let’s close down the torture chambers, we have no need for them. What we need urgently is to open humane correctional centres. Even more important is the need to seek serious solutions to the drug addiction and social crisis in our society. Nigeria and indeed the international community have…
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Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him): The Teacher of Teachers, By Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and all…
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Magu, Still Nigeria’s Most Dangerous Man, By Azu Ishiekwene

For every additional day that Magu stays in office without re-presentation for confirmation, the government would be giving the impression that apart from the leadership of the Eighth Senate, insiders other than Lawal Daura had an interest in blocking Magu’s confirmation. It was framed as a question roughly one year…
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Supreme Court and the Atiku Election Petition, By Reuben Abati

In the absence of a reasoned, written down and properly articulated judgment, it is difficult to take on their Lordships on the merit of their submissions. When their reasons are finally available, it would be time to do a proper, extensive, judicial review. But what can be legitimately said at…
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Reappraising Economics From First Principles, By Uddin Ifeanyi

That the North Koreans are failing in this endeavour is small bear. Nor does it matter that the economy might be better served pursuing policies that improve its competitiveness, rather than seeking to circle the laager as competing economies move up the production possibility frontier. Need we be reminded that…
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When Esu, God Of Construction and Destruction, Mapped Own Role In Nigeria, By Festus Adedayo

The Agbekoya war is indisputably one of the focal points of the most successive resistance to the Nigerian state. The peasant farmers union had gone berserk in the Western Region, in protestation against high taxation during the civil war. They held the government of the West literally hostage, hounding soldier…
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Francisco Franco Is Still Dead, But Getting Better, By Owei Lakemfa

After his death, there were still stories circulating whether he had actually died. So there were jokes about “Francisco Franco is still dead” Sometimes, some would say: “Francisco Franco is still dead but getting better.” How do you pray that the souls of men like Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and…
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Does Culture Matter For Development?, By Rafiq Raji

Mokyr (2016) establishes a strong link between culture and development. He argues that the unprecedented and sustained technological progress in the West stems from a significant change in “cultural beliefs about the natural world and the diffusion of knowledge” in 17th to 18th century Europe. A significant body of research…
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