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Commissions of Inquiry As Diversionary Tactics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

When strident demands are made for action, they establish yet another inquiry to delay action. Nigeria has learnt from this British tradition of delay tactics through the institution of commissions of inquiry. I know because I have served in three commissions. Too many people delude themselves into thinking that government…
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What COVID-19 is Telling Us About Right-wing Populism, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The problem about right-wing deniers is that they not only do terrible harm to their own people but also to others who become collateral victims of their senseless acts. For them, human lives have no value, what has value is their image and the imperative of forcing everyone to accept…
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Public Safety: As Nigeria Gallops Towards the Tipping Point, By Jibrin Ibrahim

When those who run the state do not respond to our cries for help, they make self-help the only we cannot say that we have a state which has a social contract with us. In the political science narrative, we say the state has reached the tipping point and is…
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COVID-19 Infection Rate: The Numbers Game, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The tragedy today is that too many states are playing politics with COVID-19, significantly increasing the risk of infections and death in their communities for the silly image-improving deception that their numbers are down, so that normal life can resume. The story of COVID-19 has always been about the numbers…
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Mr. President: What Would the Buhari Legacy Be?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The most important legacy the president should leave is an improvement of the security situation in the country. The expectation of Nigerians was that Boko Haram would be vanquished within the first year or two of his presidency. It did not happen. For over ten years now, the insurgency has…
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COVID-19: Multiplying Narratives, As Nigeria Moves Towards Herd Immunity, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The results of serological tests in the countries most affected however show that no country has had much more than 5 per cent of its population infected, while herd immunity would require at least a 60 per cent infection rate. In other words, COVID-19 will be the core problem for…
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Professor Ibrahim Gambari: Chief of Staff to the President, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I always say that we should be careful for what we pray for. My prayer is that Professor Gambari would remain faithful to his core value of commitment to the nation of Nigeria and would do all in his power to promote more inclusive governance. I am proud to call…
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Kano Against COVID-19, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...Kano stakeholders and community leaders came together to establish the citizen initiative – Kano Against COVID-19. Its objectives are to engage in advocacy and mobilisation along the three tiers of government, within the community, the private sector, civil society and international partners, to combat the pandemic; identify the key problems…
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COVID-19: The Wicked State, Kano and the Age of Citizen Action, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the lesson is that governments around the world are not really interested in saving the people from the pandemic, the core objective they have is to pretend that they are. The salvation for the people lies in engaging in citizen action to cajole, fight, expose and shame them into action…
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