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Buhari’s Corrupt and Incorrigible Acolyte – “President” Abba Kyari, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

When will Buhari touch his roguish anointeds? When will these charades stop? Abba Kyari poses a direct challenge to Nigeria's democracy, because he embodies the empty promise of Buhari's anti-corruption fight. For a man whose animating ideology is money by any means and whose power relations can be charitably characterised…
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The Trump Sucker Punch, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

...with Trump, no one individual, group or country is safe. Only Trump is safe with Trump. He lacks the paradoxical blend of boldness and restraint required of a leader. Calling President Buhari "lifeless" is disrespectful, contemptuous, undiplomatic and antagonistic but not unexpected. American founding fathers extended the philosophy of liberalism…
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APC: An Unstable Majority, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The APC may yet maintain their unstable majority in 2019, but insecurity, mass killings, selective prosecution, allegations of corruption, a barely-there economy and overall stasis in governance is a legacy the government will have to confront. The game is on! Since Buhari won the presidential election in 2015, intra-party wrangling,…
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Defections and the Contours of Political Power, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What happens next will be interesting to students of Nigerian politics because the defections from APC has not been unexpected; the splinter was long in Right from the onset, the APC was an amalgam of disunited interests and a victim of its own No party can achieve its goals where…
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The Crisis Of Leadership Recruitment In the South-West, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The urgency of now demands leaders who will rise to answer the call of the hour. We need leaders who will take on the challenge of our suffering out of strong moral conviction. We want leaders who will understand that failing to act under current events and circumstances has colossal…
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Ekiti Clientelist Jiu-jitsu: Engaging the Needy and the Greedy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Unfortunately for all of us, each vote costs a lot more! Individually, in our communities, we must engage the needy and the greedy among us; that the real value of every vote is our future, the future of our families, our communities and ultimate our country. This trend must be…
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Nigeria: Losing the Monopoly of Violence To Non-state Actors, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

A responsible government should not allow people to steal cows or to kill for cows. When individuals or groups are targeted by nebulous groups who are not backed by a nation and cannot be held accountable, that is terrorism and the government, if not complicit, should declare them as terrorists.…
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Equal Justice and Protection As Escape From Corruption and Poverty Trap, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

No matter the lens we use in viewing the effects of corruption; it is often personal and very If Nigeria must escape this annihilating poverty trap, let there be consequences for actions, let there be justice and Nigeria will realise its potential and take its place among great countries of…
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A Party and A President In Political Panic, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

This panic would have been unnecessary if the APC learnt anything from The die is cast! With active politicking for 2019 in top gear, it is unclear if the president and his party have what it takes to serve the country now, and check the apprehensions from which the country…
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Power To The Youth!, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is time to show our people that Nigeria is not operating a democracy. Our system is a heist; a platform for self-enrichment. Political life has been heavily undermined, and compromised. What we have is undemocratic liberalism, whereby individual protection and rights are ignored. Nigerian youth have on them the…
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