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Is INEC Ready For Tomorrow’s Elections?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In this column last week, I asserted confidently that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was ready to conduct the 2019 elections. It was not but should have been. It was particularly unfortunate that the Commission covered up its unpreparedness and deceived Nigerians and indeed the world that it was…
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Nigeria 2019: When Words Become Dangerous Portents, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Clearly, the fear of loss, despite the denial, caused the president to misdirect his shoot at sight order will likely aid voter suppression on Saturday. Out of the fear of possible violence, most voters, especially in the South where the military are good at baring their fangs, are likely to…
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Nigeria 2019: Engaging the Exigencies of Polling In a Digital Age, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is important for Nigerians to take on board the fact that there has been considerable investment by INEC in technology solutions and administrative systems that have, to a significant extent, irrevocable improved the integrity of Nigerian elections. It is impossible to slide back to the Maurice Iwu days when…
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The 2019 Elections: A Call for Caution and Hope, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Let us allow the campaigns to go on peacefully so that Nigerians could make up their minds who they want to vote for in a serene Campaign platforms are churning out survey reports claiming that their candidates would win, and that’s fine. The ultimate choice is that of the voter,…
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Beyond Oil: Only An Academic Irrigation Project Can Save Nigeria!, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The 'blessings' of oil and natural gas cannot last forever. What Nigeria needs now is not drilling for oil in dry basins but a recycling of oil and gas into knowledge by reforming the school system, improving vocational training and funding universities as knowledge hubs. There is no way forward…
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The Onnoghen Affair: Getting the Judiciary and the Bar To Work For Justice, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigerians are seriously concerned about the entrenched culture of corruption and impunity in the country. Therefore, it beholds on the National Judicial Council to ensure justice is not just done but seen to be done in the CJN matter. More importantly, all the judges and senior lawyers notorious for bribe-taking…
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How Our Cultural Contexts Offer Sturdier Models For Institution-Building, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What development and democratic models teach us is to build institutions first and tackle poverty later. That flies in the face of the maxim that a hungry man is a desperate man. We need to rethink that. Poverty in Nigeria and indeed the African continent is almost total. The poverty…
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Reviving the Nigerian University System, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The elite abandoned the financing of public education and took their children to private schools inside and outside the country. In this context, the struggle for re-establishing the linkage between higher education and the public good has become the pathway for rebuilding a State that can provide prosperity, welfare and…
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How Religion (Theodicy) Has Created Problems For Nigeria, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Prayer and worship cannot build a nation. God is not in the business of building roads, hospitals, schools. We can only develop as a nation through effort, determined action, a good law enforcement and legal system, human rights and a good work ethic. How come we have so much moral…
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CJN Walter Onnoghen and the Reputation of the Judiciary, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The chief justice of Nigeria must respond to the present crisis around his person and the judiciary in a way that would save the institution. He must explain to Nigerians the sources and legitimacy of the huge amounts of money in his accounts and his properties. Sometimes, only poets can…
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