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A Parvenu Class and the Disintegration of the Lagos Establishment, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For Lagos to meet its immense, mouth-watering potentials, a new governing class that is in tune with the need to build an all-embracing democracy based on innovations, skills, competition and technology has to be created. The present political establishment have clearly exhausted the limits of its stifling possibilities and is…
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Edo Governorship Election and the Consolidation of Nigeria’s Electoral Democracy, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The key stakeholders – INEC, security agencies, political parties and citizens - played their roles largely in accordance with the law and regulations. The 2020 Edo governorship election is therefore another important step in the consolidation of Nigeria’s electoral Peaceful and credible elections are possible and must become the norm…
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Pathway To National Dialogue and Rebirth, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The president should immediately initiate a process of dialogue to address multiple concerns over growing acts of violence, inter-communal and inter-religious conflicts. For the Nigerian people to accept the dialogue, there must be a serious attempt to address insecurity and growing mistrust between citizens. The trust deficit between citizens and…
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The Killing of Terwase Akwaza and the Rise of Conflict Entrepreneurs, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Hamisu Bala Wadume, Gana, Herdsmen, and all those outlaws whose names are known or not yet known to us, are conflict entrepreneurs. The rise of conflict entrepreneurs is predictable in a country with a weak law enforcement and judicial system like ours. With vast ungoverned areas, Nigeria is a haven…
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CAMA, Religion and Good Corporate Governance, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...when religious organisations formally register with the state and use the said registration to raise substantial capital, such revenue should be spent in consonance with the objectives the organisation has set for itself. Following the signing into law of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA) by President Muhammadu…
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Cyber-Scams: The Ill-Wind Raging Across Nigeria’s South-West, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What is going on in the South-West is organised crime. It is an ill wind that will destroy us. This kind of money multiplies crime and makes our communities unsafe. We have a values problem. Our worship of material success is killing us. We must realise that money from proceeds…
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Aṣeni Within: The Lesson of Yoruba Tragedy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Why are we no longer a strategic people? We are long on bluff, showboating and short on planning, organisation and execution. The enemy within does not describe what some of us feel or think of those who should lead us and beat the path to a great future for us…
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Recalling Predictions On the Death of the Nigerian State, By Jibrin Ibrahim

These illustrations are simply to draw attention to the fact that we are not saying anything new today that is different from the discourse of the 1990s, 1980s or 1970s. Forget all the big words used, they all boil down to one simple issue – corruption captured Nigeria long ago.…
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The Freedom Of Dangling Breasts, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

How can I unsee the hurt, the loss and the pain? I am hopeful as the number of reported cases dwindle, as we attempt to get back to some kind of normal through learnt resilience. Through this traumatic and stultifying, collective experience, I have enjoyed the freedom of dangling breasts.…
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