Bámidélé Upfront

Staying Woke Against Government’s Attempt To Gag Social Media, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

People should be vigilant to keep their freedom. Under-performing governments like the Buhari administration will continue to seek increased control over digital platforms. They will attempt to use legislation or taxes on data subscription rates to limit access, as a way to clampdown on free speech. Finally, the government is…
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Kano Emirate: the Dangers of Playing Politics with Institutions, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the governor’s defiance of court orders in proceeding to implement and appoint new emirs despite the knowledge of the proceedings before the court and the service of the court orders, is simply wrong and unbecoming of a governor. Persisting in error after a clear court judgement just over a week…
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The Largest University System In Africa, and the Worst, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What Nigeria needs is not the proliferation of Universities but a national strategic vision for education, with specific changes in policy and governance. It is depressing to see a country with so much potential, lose so much for the lack of long range vision. I have no hope in the…
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Pension For Governors: Governance Without Accountability In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Are all current and former Nigerian governors mad? After years of siphoning state funds without accountability, why do so many of them stampede state houses of assembly to pass laws providing them pensions for life at rates that are clearly unsustainable for the states, who are forced to stop paying…
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Economic Crimes Ruin It For Us All, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The negative reputation of Nigeria out there diminishes legitimate opportunities for investment and sustainable growth. Sooner or later, we will know that there is no substitute for commonsense and good behaviour. Rebuilding damaged reputation is costly and difficult. A cheaper way is to enforce consequences for bad actions. We need…
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Weaponising Electoral Geography: Thugs and the Vote In Bayelsa and Kogi, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The weaponisation of electoral geography has become very scientific. They derail the opposition by frightening them into staying at home during elections. Those brave enough to come out are attacked by thugs, thus suppressing their votes. Meanwhile, security and electoral officials are compromised with a combination of threats and bribes.…
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Prebendalism: Are Vote Buying and Voter Intimidation Here To Stay?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

With what we have seen progressively in the last ten years, vote buying has become entrenched. The poorest and most victimised now expect the disbursement of cash before voting in elections, as the one and only thing they get from an ineffectual government as their share of the commonwealth. What…
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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 Nigeria. He immersed himself in the successive radical struggles of the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. He was a central pillar in the coterie of comrades who defined pathways for resistance to imperialism, neo-colonial and national exploitation and…
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The Shocking “Need” for Torture Houses, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Yes, let’s close down the torture chambers, we have no need for them. What we need urgently is to open humane correctional centres. Even more important is the need to seek serious solutions to the drug addiction and social crisis in our society. Nigeria and indeed the international community have…
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Ake Festival 2019: Grey Matter From Africa’s Literary Giants, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It was an opportunity for us Africans to situate ourselves on the world stage, not so much to compare ourselves with others but to ask ourselves two questions: What stories can we tell and what experiences should we reflect upon to inspire us to improve our lives and livelihoods? Secondly,…
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