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COVID-19: The Strong Are Not that Strong Without Good Governance, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Today the world is waking up to the reality that the United States is very weak in catering to the interests of its own people. The country runs the most expensive health care system in the world with two key characteristics, over 30 per cent of the people are not…
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Nigeria’s Urgent Need For A Supply Chain Czar, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

We are in dire straits and we do not have a national rallying point. A drawn out crisis could lead to shortages, starting with food and into every other thing, since we import most things. In a disruption, how do we coordinate logistics, haulage, rail etc. here? How can pharmaceutical…
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COVID-19: As Nigeria Slowly Moves Into Lockdown Mode, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...at the same time that we are confronted with a devastating pandemic threatening our lives, we also have a large army of purveyors of fake news seeking to deceive us and distort the reality we are facing. Moving forward, the government must take proactive measures and decree a total lockdown…
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The Nigerian Political Economy In A Time of Corona Virus, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Unfortunately, there is no respite because it is a buyer's market out there. Nigeria's Bonny light cannot sell because we are demanding higher selling prices than Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Saudi and Iraq are offering generous discounts of between $5-$8 per barrel to buyers. With production cost of $17-$17 per…
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Björn Beckman, 1938-2019: A Life of Struggle and Friendship, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Professor Björn Beckman was important to us because of his deep commitment to African development. He immersed himself in the successive radical struggles of the 1980s and 1990s and beyond. He was a central pillar in the coterie of comrades who defined pathways for resistance to imperialism, neo-colonial and national…
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Pius Adesanmi: A Lasting Legacy Of Civic Engagement and Responsibility, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Upon weeks of reflection, I agree that your work was done, You would not have imagined the impact you made in people's lives. You were mourned like a true statesman, a patriot and a hero. The world's best news outlets and newspapers touted your scholarship. Indeed, it is better to…
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Bishop of Truro, Extremism and Religious Persecution in Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The general view of the workshop participants, in my understanding, was that the Bishop of Truro, by his terms of reference, worked from the answer to the question and therefore found what he was asked to look for. Many participants pointed out that there is indeed evidence of the targeting…
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Amotekun: On the Tripod Of Security, Sustainability and Competitiveness, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Actions have consequences. Amotekun will have consequences. We have to work to make the consequences of establishing Amotekun positive. Deep thought should be given to the economic side of Amotekun. Amotekun should be seen as the precursor for an overall ideology that will drive the Yoruba to sustainable development and…
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Towards A Sustainable Resolution of the Farmer-Herder Crisis, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, strongly recommended the development of water and pasture resources within grazing reserves to cater for the interests of pastoralists, who could then be oriented away from areas where extensive farming is on-going. Of course, in the long run, Nigeria and indeed Africa have to…
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