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From Libya To Europe: Crossing The Archipelago Of Torture, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

I have dedicated my column this week to this issue because a few people have told me they will rather die trying than stay to face a future that does not exist. I don't know if I can stop them. All I can do is to lay the perils of…
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The Case For A Good Judicial System, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

How did we get here? I have heard that question many times and it is a question I too have asked many times myself. It is a rhetorical question. Nigeria did not get to this sorry state overnight. We all know where we are headed. Any society that does not…
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Buhari Has Lost The Buharists, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Buhari has lost the plot and his supporters by squandering a great opportunity. The last two years were a waste. He may pick the pieces and attempt some realpolitik for the next one year. He can only do that if he rediscovers himself and listen to the angry voices on…
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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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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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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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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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Protecting the Integrity of Nigerian University Admissions and Public Education, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The crux of the matter is: We must resist the impulse of turning our universities into academic wastelands. The paths of political interference, academic sloth, and mediocre achievement will ultimately lead us astray and endanger Nigeria. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) designed the United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)…
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President Buhari, Please Breakup the Unholy Trinity, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Unholy Trinity of Mamman Daura, Abba Kyari and Lawal Daura is not good for your administration. You can fire them today and nothing will happen. Same goes for the lesser evil - your attorney-general. He is a serpent! Dear President Buhari, I am happy you came back to Nigeria…
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Kleptocracy: What Are Treasury Looters Really Thinking?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is a crying shame that the Nigerian in a position of privilege steals so much money than he needs, can ever use or easily access! Even with the most lavish lifestyle, no one needs that much money in a The question is: Have these monies benefitted the heirs of…
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