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Nigeria Air and Hadi Sirika: Why Transparency Matters, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Given the total information blackout, a lot of speculations arose that he was planning to use the asset of Arik and Aero start the new airline. Others speculated that he was begging Qatar Air to come and set up an airline for us. Speculation became the sole mode of engagement…
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Abracadabra, the Electoral Act and Irresponsible Political Action, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The current timing of the submission of the bills however is completely inappropriate and can only be considered as mischief. They should be withheld and the best time to present them is just after the general elections, so that whoever is in power after May 29, 2019 would dust them…
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KABAFEST 2018: Celebrating the African Story, By Jibrin Ibrahim

What then is the African story? This was the more difficult question. To illustrate the complexity of the question, the moderator Adam Ibrahim recalled the novel by Aminatta Forna called "The Hired Man". It tells the story of the terrible civil war in Croatia and the horrors that accompanied it.…
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The False Choice Between Human Rights and National Security, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In democracies, there is no choice at any moment between the rule of law and national security. On the contrary, the security of the citizen is predicated on the absolute respect for the rule of law. Democracy is based on the affirmation of the principle that the governance of human…
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The 2019 Elections and the Party System That Won’t Change, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Over the past two years, very many Nigerians had worked towards and hoped to have a Third Force that would change the nature of Nigerian politics towards good and democratic governance run by a new political Be that as it may, a few weeks to the party primaries, the key…
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Do Young Nigerians Know that Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

My prayer today is that state ministries of education should look up this book of readings and prayers and use it or a similar instrument to teach the younger generation what we learnt – that Christianity and Islam draw from the same principles and value pool. Let it be known…
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The Daura Affair and Threats to the Democratic Order, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the Lawal Daura affair is a microcosm of a wider crisis in the Buhari We cannot have significant improvements in security provisioning unless and until President Buhari creates order and functionality in the security sector. He must urgently review the sector and appoint people who are ready to work together…
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Elections and Respect for the Broadcasting Code, By Jibrin Ibrahim

... Often, to catch peoples’ attention, the regular media seeks to be as sensational as the social media in a race to the bottom. The NBC therefore has a huge task of ensuring that the Broadcasting Code is respected, especially because elections are the nodal points for the most irresponsible…
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Combating Fake News and the Emotive Pathway to Self-Destruction, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The spirit and the skills of the verification of what we hear and see must improve if we are to get out of the trap of mutual self-destruction. It will take time to rebuild trust but let’s begin by fact-checking what we are told so that the fear that the…
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