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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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The Evolving Culture Of Public Scrutiny, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For those who seek and desire a greater Nigeria, we welcome the evolving critical challenge in public spaces, we accept the amplifying public voices of independent-minded people determined to change this country by improving public services, insisting on transparency, accountability and responsibility. Change is gradual but constant. Let those who…
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Has Boko Haram Become A Money Spinner For The Army Brass?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Is it possible that the Army brass has turned the Boko Haram insurgency into a full-time money making occupation, wasting the lives of soldiers on the field, while generals make money both in Abuja and the theatre of operations, by not providing the necessary tools and intelligence capacity required for…
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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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