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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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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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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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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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The Cultural Context of Nigeria’s Problems, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Nigeria's, and indeed Africa's, problems lies in our culture, the lack of strong institutions, poor governance, religion and the unlucky latitudes we have found ourselves in. While wondering where to start, the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) scandal hit, closely followed by the appointment of a new inspector general of…
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Connecting the Dots of Corruption: How Individual Greed Crippled Nigeria (III), By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Because we do not connect the dots, we are unable correlate the lack of punishment for actions as one of the reasons why we are where we are. Further up the judicial chain, we tend to think only the judges are corrupt. No! The lawyers, magistrates, and administrative staff are…
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Connecting The Dots of Corruption: How Individual Greed Crippled Nigeria (2), By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

No sector is immune to corruption in Nigeria. The financial sector mirrors the larger society and given the ability of actors there to cook the books, its situation calls for more introspection. The banking sector is the facilitator of official corruption in Nigeria. The wealth of Nigeria is desperately tied…
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Connecting the Dots of Corruption: How Individual Greed Has Crippled Nigeria (I), By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Our lack of reckoning and buck passing betrays our almost congenital inability to think deep, connect the dots and see how we are ruining the country collectively. We blame leaders for everything, refusing to see how we extend corruption in our homes, our spheres of influence and how the cancer…
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Aregbesola In the Eyes Of History, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Warts and all, Aregbesola is an invigorating historical character. A throwback to the past, he is actually in reality, the one real social democrat who has held a strategic office in this republic. This is an amazing feat, having come out of the right wing neo-liberal environment of post-1999 Lagos…
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Atiku: An Ambition Capable of Endangering Our Commonwealth, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The stage is set for Nigerians to pick their poison. It is a choice between a notoriously slow, nepotistic, irredentist, sitting president they know and an amoral, shadowy, slippery bandit, whose wealth is considered to have been notoriously derived from graft and economic exploitation of the state. Campaign for political…
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