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More On Teachers Failing While their Students “Pass” Exams, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...there wasn’t enough space in the classroom to put benches to sit all the pupils, who were in any case forced to sit on each other. There was no way any learning could occur in such classes which had ten times the maximum amount of pupils that should be in…
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Buhari and the Leadership Deficit, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Two years on, we are yet to see the courageous leadership we thought a man of his age, training and experience would bring to governance. We elected him, hoping he will have the courage to break from the norm; we thought he would challenge the status quo; we believed, rather…
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A Peculiar Paradox: Teachers Failing While Their Students “Pass” Exams, By Jibrin Ibrahim

What we members of the Nigerian elite have lacked is a sense of enlightened self-interest. We failed to realise that if we do not build and develop our society, we will have no society to live in. If we think it does not matter to us, we should know that…
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Between Baru and Kachikwu: Spite, Arrogance and Power Grab, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It does not pass the smell test that Maikanti Baru initiated contracts for services beyond his pay grade and went ahead to sit as the chairman of the Tenders Board where he approved all the contracts he proposed, without prior approval by the NNPC Board of Directors. Ibe Kachikwu's sequence…
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Eat and Quench: Let’s Listen To What Our Food Is Telling Us, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Currently, there is panic in informed circles that the massive quantities of tilapia fish and frozen chicken consumed in Nigeria have been preserved with chemicals normally used for embalming dead bodies and that’s why they never go bad. Not only are we all accelerating our movement to our deaths, we…
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Nigeria Still Sitting On Its Hands: Electric Vehicles As A Threat To Oil, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Nigeria has a lot to fear and a lot of catching up to do. We have to take the threat seriously, instead of our usual, perrenial nonchalance. 2030 is only 12 years away! I urge President Buhari to assemble a world class team as an economic imperative, to help chart…
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Nigeria: Citizen’s Diplomacy and American Agendas, By Jibrin Ibrahim

For all of us as civic leaders, we felt bonded on the principle that Nigeria is greater together than in pieces and we should focus on consolidating democratic processes so that no one feels excluded or marginalised. Peace building is crucial as Nigeria is witnessing multiple challenges of violent conflicts…
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Improving Civil-Military Relations, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Our Constitution defines the purpose of the state as the protection of the security of Nigerians and the pursuit of their welfare. If Nigerians begin to feel that their security and welfare matters, their inclination to arm themselves and engage in self help might reduce. Improving civil-military relations is the…
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IPOB and Security Agencies: Calming the Tension, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The president should direct the armed troops that have been deployed to Abia State to withdraw, and the police should take over the case of Mr. Kanu in line with the provisions of the Constitution and the Police Act. Even more important, it is time for political and community leaders…
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Senator Aisha Alhassan: Disloyalty As a Political Tactic, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

She betrays an insufficient appreciation for a strong political ideology and a coherent set of beliefs that must not be abandoned at the altar of political expediency. Her mercenary approach to politics is a deep belief in “win at all costs” as a political virtue. It is a shame because…
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