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Voter Suppression through Permanent Voter’s Card, By Bamidele Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Permanent Voter's Card (PVC) is a solution in search of a problem. We must admit that there is a systematic attack on voting rights in Nigeria. The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is making it harder for people to vote with their vanishing PVC's. They came out ill-prepared despite having…
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Jonathan, his “boys” and the reigning regime of “Who Will Catch Me?”, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

A former governor with familial and business ties to Chad was fingered as a sponsor of terror. The next thing we saw; he became Nigeria's roving ambassador on terrorist matters, cruising around protected, under heavy State Security cordon. His state's airport is closed to air traffic. Even the current governor…
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Nigeria – From A Failing State To A Failed State, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For long, Nigeria wavered precariously between weakness and total failure. With Jonathan leading the party of lootocrats and do nothings, the report card is in; Nigeria is a failed state. It hasn't collapsed yet but its collapse is a matter of time if the current trends are sustained. A failed…
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Reflections On Rural Life, By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

The disconnect between life in rural Nigeria and life in the big cities is huge! In the unwilling megalopolis called Lagos as well as other cities, pseudo-modern sprawls are creeping up with no discernible criterion that is uniquely Nigerian. Life and living is robbed of common sense, moral action, renewal…
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Beyond 2015: The Brass Tasks Ahead, By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

Nigeria is in double jeopardy, afflicted with the twin evil of falling oil prices and falling reserves. Nigerians should start getting ready to face the music. Recently, the Finance Minister insisted in her guarded public pronouncements that Nigeria is not broke. But fortunately, the facts are there for everyone to…
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Is OPEC Toast, Is Nigeria Broke? By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

World’s demand for oil grew from million barrels per day in 1973 to 92 million barrels per day today. Nigeria has largely squandered its earnings through looting of the treasury and corruption. The time for reckoning is now here. Compared to other oil exporting countries, Nigeria has nothing to show…
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Drug Barons, Cheats, terrorists and Thieves as Chargé d’affaires, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

When a fugitive drug baron is in charge of his geo-political zone on behalf of his political party, all hope is about lost. When an alleged murderer, thug, and con artist wins a governorship election, all values are about toast and hell’s door is about open. When a terrorist, who…
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In The Life Of A Thug, beating A Judge Is Fair Game, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

There are tells in the Ekiti Story for the Ekiti’s, the Yorubas especially, and Nigerians. The poor masses are the schnooks, taken hostage, pillaged and duped by their favorite thug and crook. Slaps and unsolicited beating is what you get when you elect a blow-dried thug because he played Ayo…
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Why Are Nigerians Good At Picking Bad Leaders? Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

Nigerians are good at picking bad leaders because we focus on all the wrong things, like a candidate’s contrived narrative - lack of shoes, charm, exaggerated meekness, superfluous religiosity, their stellar pedigree or their deep pockets. None of these has any bearing on a candidate’s leadership potential. Attributes of good…
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Boko Haram: Negotiation As An Option, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Terrorism is achieving political agenda through violence. The politics of power is the reason behind the argument of not negotiating with terrorists. The protagonist point of view is that negotiating with terrorists rewards violence and discourages political change through peaceful means. They argue that negotiation weakens the negotiating government’s democratic…
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