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Björn Beckman, 1938-2019: A Life of Struggle and Friendship, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Professor Björn Beckman was important to us because of his deep commitment to Nigeria. He immersed himself in the successive radical struggles of the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. He was a central pillar in the coterie of comrades who defined pathways for resistance to imperialism, neo-colonial and national exploitation and…
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The Shocking “Need” for Torture Houses, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Yes, let’s close down the torture chambers, we have no need for them. What we need urgently is to open humane correctional centres. Even more important is the need to seek serious solutions to the drug addiction and social crisis in our society. Nigeria and indeed the international community have…
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Ake Festival 2019: Grey Matter From Africa’s Literary Giants, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It was an opportunity for us Africans to situate ourselves on the world stage, not so much to compare ourselves with others but to ask ourselves two questions: What stories can we tell and what experiences should we reflect upon to inspire us to improve our lives and livelihoods? Secondly,…
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Sexual Harassment As Academic Licence: Arresting the Rot in Our Universities, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The general corruption and spread of sexual harassment in the university system deepened over the years because both the university administrations and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have not invested significantly in developing and implementing a code of ethics to guide the conduct of staff and students. This…
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Nine Theses On Nigerian Religions, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Not only has it abdicated its responsibility for social provisioning, the state has also largely withdrawn its commitment to promoting equitable social and economic development in the country. Given that nature abhors a vacuum, religious organisations were quick to seize the opportunity of occupying the terrain and using their nexus…
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The State of Transnational Justice in Africa, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The need for transitional justice mechanisms is rooted in large scale violent conflicts that are multiplying atrocities and displacing communities. Africa, with its numerous wars, insurgencies and illegal mass killings by security forces has the largest need for the mechanisms today. This week I am in Addis Ababa participating in…
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Brexit, English Tribalism and the Difficult Future for European Democracy, By Jibrin Ibrahim

For too long, the English masses had been constrained by their ruling class to bottle their xenophobia against everybody else but Brexit liberated them. The Referendum was run on the official platform of restoring the sovereignty of Parliament. Now we know it was a ruse. It was about the superiority…
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KABAFEST 2019: Continuing the Celebration of the African Story, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Thanks to the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival for reminding us that the African story is being told by our writers, poets, musicians and artists. It’s a vast story with multiple and diverse narratives. These stories have also been and are being told by different generations of African writers and…
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Nigeria: The Injustice Pressure-Cooker Must Not Burst, By Jibrin Ibrahim

She notes that the country-wide patterns include the excessive use of lethal force by the police and military, in violation of applicable international standards, the lack of effective investigations, the absence of meaningful prosecution and the militarisation of policing. The result, she says, is further mistrust and breakdown of confidence…
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