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The Tucano Planes Purchase: No Lessons Learnt From History, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The bad in the purchase of the Super Tucanos is that the conditions attached to the procurement are very similar to the conditions the British attached to the Jaguar jets bought by Shagari, and which made the then General Muhammadu Buhari cancel the delivery of the remaining jets. The agreement…
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Buhari’s U.S. Food Import Deal Will Make You Poorer, Fat and Sick, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Whatever your decision, be informed about the long-term consequences of consuming food grown and preserved by agricultural pesticides and industrial chemicals. These chemicals cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. Nigeria does not have the competence, the wherewithal and even the political or economic will, to monitor the amount of these…
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Nigeria: Has Cheating Become Our Way Of Life?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Nigeria needs a multidimensional strategy on how we set examination questions, what we examine and how we conduct examinations. We need a thorough look at a society that is normalising all that is antithetical to growth, peace and development. A society where cheating is viewed as normal is primed for…
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Buhari: Four More Years Of Administrative Surrogacy?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The challenge for the opposition is building a good coalition and creating a populist slogan of opportunity, accountability and responsibility. Nigerians want an easy to understand, coherent economic view and aggressive reforms to make governance better. We all want jobs, education, power, infrastructure, health and security. We want a party…
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A President In Search Of Validation From Award Mills, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

A president does not need the validation of engraved crystal ornaments or gold-plated trophies. The president can shore up his sliding approval rating by tackling the herdsmen issue, fight corruption honestly and put an end to cronyism and rank nepotism that he has been elevated to an art. Like other…
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Bill Gates, the Naked Truth and the Power of IMPACT!, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Bill created the new paradigm of philantrocapitalism in charitable giving. He created a utilitarian approach to philanthropy by bringing a for-profit mentality to the non-profit He spoke our minds. He spoke the mind of millions who want Nigeria to rise to its full potential, and not the minds of government…
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Is Buhari Unaware, Bound By His Choices Or Both?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Obviously, there is an enormous gap between the way President Buhari perceives himself and how those of us, who invested our hopes and aspirations in him, perceive him. We want a president who knows the issues and is open to continuous exploration and Nigeria needs an empathic and aware president,…
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University Education At All Cost Is Not Working, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we are seeing a generation much worse off than their parents. Many parents have two to three unemployed graduate children living with them. A lot more are paying for their grandchildren's school fees. The university-at-all cost ideology is doing material harm…
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A Shameful Elite and the Democratisation of Information, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Every well meaning Nigerian must condemn the consistent urge to legislate for the protection of the current ruling elite, instead of looking for far-reaching and enduring legislation that will benefit future generations of Nigerians. This legislative myopia is a threat to our collective well being. Laws should be made to…
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