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Life In the Mud and Dust In A Kakistocracy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) have been treating children suffering from lead poisoning in Zamfara since 2010. Unsafe mining and ore processing have been fingered as the root causes of the lead poisoning crisis in the State. Many Zamfara children have died, while others are going through the slow…
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Nigeria: Nurturing the Anger of the Poor, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The ingredients of violent agitation are threatening to come together. The populist posture will soon wear out. The government must take active steps to guarantee legal rights to basic needs like food, health and education. Failure to act will threaten Nigeria's corporate existence. "No more free money". Some of us…
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Curtailing Theft and Vandalism In Our Communities, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Collectively we can free our communities from theft and vandalism because these twin evil affects us all. We can free our communities and country if we pay attention to what is going on around us and we are on the lookout for odd movements and behaviour. We should be quick…
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Chibok Girls: Five Years of Angst; Five Years of Struggle, By Jibrin Ibrahim

This Movement initiated by the brave people of Chibok and amplified by concerned voices round the world is creating a new path for ordinary citizens and civil society activists to create a new Nigeria. As the World joins Nigerians in making accountability demands on our government, we thank them for…
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Sartorial Commandments: ABU’s Assault On Freedom of Expression, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Universities are established for learning and the search for truth. The vitality of Nigerian universities came under threat long ago and the threat is now existential. Our institutions of learning are no longer spaces for contesting ideas, seeking and learning the truth, but a coliseum for gladiators to struggle for…
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Yoruba Political Leadership and Its Socio-economic Future, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is sad that in a little over a generation, we have erased all the gains and edge Chief Awolowo gave us through free In the broken down public school systems, even in richer Lagos State, how does anyone get the preparation to become a doctor, robotics engineer etc? The…
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Pius Adebola Adesanmi: Like A Dew On Grass, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is a week since the crash that took you from me, from Your death shook Nigeria, Africa, Canada and the world. You were a change maker in life and in death. Because you died, many will now be spared the horror of death in Boeing 737 Max 8. They…
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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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