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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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Ganduje’s Unfortunate Use Of Children As Political Prop, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Using children as political props did not start with Ganduje. However, he is now on record as the first to use children to justify corruption. It is not only sinful, it is criminal! Here we are in a country populated by wicked and unfeeling leaders, for whom stealing and material…
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On The Horns of A Dilemma: Our Morton’s Fork, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For those of us who understand how left behind we are, the selection of Buhari and Atiku feels like a concerted operation against Nigeria's greatness. Neither of these two will bring real development nor relief to the citizens. We are confronted with the stark option of choosing between a bandit…
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The Continued Mishandling of the Shi’ite Crisis, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The clampdown on Shi'ites cannot cure them of their lawlessness. Hatred for them for not being Sunnis will solve nothing. If the executive is not intent on birthing another terror group in Nigeria, there must be a change of tactic. Zealotry can be tamed with negotiation and dialogue. The Shi'ites…
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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu: What Will Be Your Legacy?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

If you choose to repudiate self and focus on building an enduring legacy, you are in a position to charge our trajectory, especially in the Southwest by working with your political Sir, in twenty years what will you be remembered for? What current of political philosophy or social advancement would…
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