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Akinwumi Adesina’s Travails and the Failure of the Post-Colonial State, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Adesina is the first Nigerian to head the bank and all the fluff presently surrounding him is about his plan to wean Africa from consumption and jumpstart production. Apart from the proclivity of President Trump to upend and rip apart every world order that has brought relative peace and prosperity…
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Mr. President: What Would the Buhari Legacy Be?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The most important legacy the president should leave is an improvement of the security situation in the country. The expectation of Nigerians was that Boko Haram would be vanquished within the first year or two of his presidency. It did not happen. For over ten years now, the insurgency has…
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COVID-19: Multiplying Narratives, As Nigeria Moves Towards Herd Immunity, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The results of serological tests in the countries most affected however show that no country has had much more than 5 per cent of its population infected, while herd immunity would require at least a 60 per cent infection rate. In other words, COVID-19 will be the core problem for…
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Professor Ibrahim Gambari: Chief of Staff to the President, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I always say that we should be careful for what we pray for. My prayer is that Professor Gambari would remain faithful to his core value of commitment to the nation of Nigeria and would do all in his power to promote more inclusive governance. I am proud to call…
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Indaboski Pahose: The Niche Supplier Of Hope and Entertainment, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Looking at his juvenile video game stunts, one is forced to think how this kind of charlatan got his following. Indaboski commands following because his followers hunger for identity and hope. He sells it to them via entertainment and navel-gazing flair. Our youths are lost. They are sick, hopeless and…
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Kano Against COVID-19, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...Kano stakeholders and community leaders came together to establish the citizen initiative – Kano Against COVID-19. Its objectives are to engage in advocacy and mobilisation along the three tiers of government, within the community, the private sector, civil society and international partners, to combat the pandemic; identify the key problems…
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COVID-19 Pandemic: Between Optimism and Denial, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The way the pandemic and its fallouts have been handled so far, shows that life and death decisions in the political arena are part of the executive's responsibility. Those who are supposed to rally the republic and be in a Churchillian mode are behaving as if this is a temporary…
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COVID-19: The Wicked State, Kano and the Age of Citizen Action, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the lesson is that governments around the world are not really interested in saving the people from the pandemic, the core objective they have is to pretend that they are. The salvation for the people lies in engaging in citizen action to cajole, fight, expose and shame them into action…
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Will Nigeria Waste the Lessons of the COVID-19 Crisis?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is a nightmare scenario out there. President Buhari should level with Nigerians and let them know that hard times are here If we get creative and commit to looking inwards and developing the real sector, we can emerge from this stronger. In all of these, there is one big…
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Abba Kyari: the Life and Times of a Gatekeeper, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Abba Kyari was not the person ruling Nigeria, if he was, he would have removed his numerous enemies in His fault might have been that he assumed almost everyone that wanted access to the president had a selfish personal agenda. He might therefore have blocked many people whose main concern…
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