Bámidélé Upfront

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu: What Will Be Your Legacy?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

If you choose to repudiate self and focus on building an enduring legacy, you are in a position to charge our trajectory, especially in the Southwest by working with your political Sir, in twenty years what will you be remembered for? What current of political philosophy or social advancement would…
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Columns

Nigeria Air and Hadi Sirika: Why Transparency Matters, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Given the total information blackout, a lot of speculations arose that he was planning to use the asset of Arik and Aero start the new airline. Others speculated that he was begging Qatar Air to come and set up an airline for us. Speculation became the sole mode of engagement…
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Bámidélé Upfront

The Evolving Culture Of Public Scrutiny, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For those who seek and desire a greater Nigeria, we welcome the evolving critical challenge in public spaces, we accept the amplifying public voices of independent-minded people determined to change this country by improving public services, insisting on transparency, accountability and responsibility. Change is gradual but constant. Let those who…
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Columns

Abracadabra, the Electoral Act and Irresponsible Political Action, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The current timing of the submission of the bills however is completely inappropriate and can only be considered as mischief. They should be withheld and the best time to present them is just after the general elections, so that whoever is in power after May 29, 2019 would dust them…
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Has Boko Haram Become A Money Spinner For The Army Brass?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Is it possible that the Army brass has turned the Boko Haram insurgency into a full-time money making occupation, wasting the lives of soldiers on the field, while generals make money both in Abuja and the theatre of operations, by not providing the necessary tools and intelligence capacity required for…
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Columns

KABAFEST 2018: Celebrating the African Story, By Jibrin Ibrahim

What then is the African story? This was the more difficult question. To illustrate the complexity of the question, the moderator Adam Ibrahim recalled the novel by Aminatta Forna called "The Hired Man". It tells the story of the terrible civil war in Croatia and the horrors that accompanied it.…
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Buhari’s Corrupt and Incorrigible Acolyte – “President” Abba Kyari, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

When will Buhari touch his roguish anointeds? When will these charades stop? Abba Kyari poses a direct challenge to Nigeria's democracy, because he embodies the empty promise of Buhari's anti-corruption fight. For a man whose animating ideology is money by any means and whose power relations can be charitably characterised…
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Columns

The False Choice Between Human Rights and National Security, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In democracies, there is no choice at any moment between the rule of law and national security. On the contrary, the security of the citizen is predicated on the absolute respect for the rule of law. Democracy is based on the affirmation of the principle that the governance of human…
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Bámidélé Upfront

The Trump Sucker Punch, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

...with Trump, no one individual, group or country is safe. Only Trump is safe with Trump. He lacks the paradoxical blend of boldness and restraint required of a leader. Calling President Buhari "lifeless" is disrespectful, contemptuous, undiplomatic and antagonistic but not unexpected. American founding fathers extended the philosophy of liberalism…
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Columns

The 2019 Elections and the Party System That Won’t Change, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Over the past two years, very many Nigerians had worked towards and hoped to have a Third Force that would change the nature of Nigerian politics towards good and democratic governance run by a new political Be that as it may, a few weeks to the party primaries, the key…
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