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Nigerian Democracy and the Threat of Transactional Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Vote buying is therefore the worst form of transactional politics that is compromising our democracy. The greatest challenge we have in conducting the 2019 general elections is to ensure as many citizens as possible resist the temptation of debasing their votes for short-term financial gain. This week, the Yar’Adua Centre…
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Ganduje’s Unfortunate Use Of Children As Political Prop, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Using children as political props did not start with Ganduje. However, he is now on record as the first to use children to justify corruption. It is not only sinful, it is criminal! Here we are in a country populated by wicked and unfeeling leaders, for whom stealing and material…
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The Nigerian Left and the Future of Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The meeting urged the political left to support comrades who are running for public offices on credible progressive platforms. In so doing, the political left would commit itself to promoting the ideals and values of an alternative system that seeks to change the present order. The transformation of the state…
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On The Horns of A Dilemma: Our Morton’s Fork, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For those of us who understand how left behind we are, the selection of Buhari and Atiku feels like a concerted operation against Nigeria's greatness. Neither of these two will bring real development nor relief to the citizens. We are confronted with the stark option of choosing between a bandit…
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Islamic Movement in Nigeria: Ending the Killing Spree, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is very sad, disturbing and totally unacceptable that the Nigerian Army established to protect the lives of Nigerians would regularly resort to the use of a section of Nigerians as cannon fodder. The issue at stake is that the Nigerian State and its armed forces have taken the position…
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The Continued Mishandling of the Shi’ite Crisis, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The clampdown on Shi'ites cannot cure them of their lawlessness. Hatred for them for not being Sunnis will solve nothing. If the executive is not intent on birthing another terror group in Nigeria, there must be a change of tactic. Zealotry can be tamed with negotiation and dialogue. The Shi'ites…
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Civilian-led Security Governance In Post Boko Haram Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

While waiting for the complete routing of the Boko Haram insurgency, it’s important to start planning for the de-militarisation of the North-East over the short- to medium-term to re-establish community confidence in civilian security institutions and respect for the rule of law. The Nigerian military are currently deployed in 32…
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Researching and Understanding West African Societies, By Jibrin Ibrahim

A clear winner of the West African crisis is China, which is increasing its commerce with the zone, extracting natural resources for its own benefit but also contributing to the infrastructural and social development of the zone. One the massive transformation in physical mobility enabled by the fact that China…
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Party Primaries, Direct and Indirect Dismissal of Popular Mandates, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...what is clear is that this season of primaries has shown the fragility of our democracy. Once again, it has become clear to all that Nigerian democracy has a great weakness because of the lack of respect for internal party democracy and the consequent recurrent disrespect for party rules, particularly…
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