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The Killing of Terwase Akwaza and the Rise of Conflict Entrepreneurs, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Hamisu Bala Wadume, Gana, Herdsmen, and all those outlaws whose names are known or not yet known to us, are conflict entrepreneurs. The rise of conflict entrepreneurs is predictable in a country with a weak law enforcement and judicial system like ours. With vast ungoverned areas, Nigeria is a haven…
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Cyber-Scams: The Ill-Wind Raging Across Nigeria’s South-West, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What is going on in the South-West is organised crime. It is an ill wind that will destroy us. This kind of money multiplies crime and makes our communities unsafe. We have a values problem. Our worship of material success is killing us. We must realise that money from proceeds…
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Aṣeni Within: The Lesson of Yoruba Tragedy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Why are we no longer a strategic people? We are long on bluff, showboating and short on planning, organisation and execution. The enemy within does not describe what some of us feel or think of those who should lead us and beat the path to a great future for us…
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The Freedom Of Dangling Breasts, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

How can I unsee the hurt, the loss and the pain? I am hopeful as the number of reported cases dwindle, as we attempt to get back to some kind of normal through learnt resilience. Through this traumatic and stultifying, collective experience, I have enjoyed the freedom of dangling breasts.…
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The Last Disrespect, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

At death, the verdict of Nigerians and history will be harsh on most Nigerian leaders. They will be described as reckless, wasteful and purposeless, without any redeeming We have the right to pay our last disrespect to anyone who did not respect us while alive. "De mortuis nihil nisi bonum…
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Shoprite, Wealth Distribution and an Adverse Macroeconomic Environment, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

There are no real increases in wages as nominal wages cannot keep up with inflation. How can the economy grow with high lending rates, high inflation, with consumers having no disposable income to spend? Unless there is a clear policy to resuscitate the middle class and increase purchasing power parity,…
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Degree Fakery, Resume Implants and Biographical Discrepancies, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Politicians like Obasa go to great lengths to prove they are worthy of election. To get ahead of the pack, they exaggerate their resumes. If it is true as alleged that Obasa is not a lawyer as claimed, this is a grave political indictment, in addition to the various corrupt…
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Akpabio: When Sexism Becomes A Desperate Act of Control, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What has Ms. Nunieh's four husbands got to do with all that is at issue? Clearly Akpabio's intent was to slut-shame her by deploying the low cost ingredient of failed marriages. Apparently, Akpabio found her accusations unsettling, and his loss of patriarchal control, in this instance, infuriating. That the Niger…
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The Price Tag Of Fraud: Hushpuppi and Associates, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What is the price tag of these FBI takedown of Nigerian cross-border criminal gangs on Nigeria's reputation? What impact will it have on forging business links and the ease of travel for Nigerians? Well, fraud is expensive in so many ways and the cost to Nigeria is and will be…
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Framing Defeat As Victory, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What happened in Edo was an unexpected, fast and furious spectacle. The biggest loser of the game - Adams Oshiomhole, the ousted APC chairman - has no one to blame but himself. He allowed himself to be pushed and The outcome of the crisis he precipitated is a perfect example…
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