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The 2019 Elections and the Nigerian Party System, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The problem with the parties remain that they do not really have members and they show little regard to democratic rules in their internal affairs. As the chairman of INEC explained, the key role these parties will play in the coming elections is to clog the ballot. The greatest challenge…
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2018 and the Return of Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

As the political class accelerates its activities in the coming weeks and months, the Nigerian voter is clearly in a painful process of decision-making. The Buhari administration has not delivered sufficiently on their promise of improved security, more jobs and a successful war against corruption. They would therefore have great…
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Morocco and ECOWAS: Picking Cherries and Dismantling Core Principles, By Jibrin Ibrahim

By insisting that West Africa’s two core principles should not apply to it, Morocco is clearly not sincere in its application. Precisely because Morocco is not ready to join ECOWAS as a member that accepts the values of the organisation, its application should be rejected. Other forms of cooperation with…
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The Dangers of a Self-Serving Judiciary, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The reputational erosion of Nigerian judges has become so deep that radical action has been required to save the judiciary. The fight back mechanism by the judiciary to protect the corrupt within them is an unfolding tragedy that must stop. Corrupt judges have no integrity or reputation and must be…
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Politics and the Institutional Disconnect In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The disconnect between the people and the politician is almost total and that has been a tragedy for the process of our democratic politics, as many leaders have been socialised to believe that they do not need the people. On Monday, the Northern Union organised an anniversary lecture to honour…
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African Dictatorship and the Coup that Claimed It Wasn’t, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The coup that ended the 37-year dictatorship of Robert Mugabe had to claim that it was not a coup. The reason was simple; it is very difficult to justify a coup in contemporary Africa for the simple reason that all our regional institutions and the international community have zero tolerance…
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The Dangers of Boxing In the Pastoralists (2), By Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigeria must quickly develop a new policy framework that is comprehensive and mutually beneficial to pastoralists and farmers. Any policy that does not take into consideration the welfare of both sides will most likely fail. There must be a consultative process that listens to the concerns of all stakeholders in…
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The Dangers of Boxing In the Pastoralists (1), By Jibrin Ibrahim

As violence between herdsmen and farmers has grown and developed into criminality and rural banditry, popular narratives creating meaning, context and (mis)understandings have been emerging. The manifesting narratives on rural banditry in the media and in popular discourse are becoming part of the drivers expanding conflicts in the country. People…
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