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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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Addressing the Weakest Link in the Electoral Process – Collation, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...CDD called for a concerted effort by INEC and other election stakeholders to work resolutely towards improving the quality of collation, especially at the ward level. They also called on INEC to work towards publishing result details at all levels, so as to create more trust and confidence in election…
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Even With the Word “Revolution”; Protest Is Not Equal To Treason Or Terrorism, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The crimes of treason, treasonable felony and terrorism are serious offences and it is simply unacceptable to categorise simple protesters as people who have committed such crimes. In this case, protests against the worsening security situation in the be translated into serious crimes, even if the word "revolution" has been…
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Social Media: Engaging the Capacity To Transform and Undermine Society, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The spirit of the Summit was that the social media has the potentials to contribute to transforming society, just as it can be used to undermine it. In Nigeria, as in the rest of the world, we have seen elements of both. While its use is increasing, few have approached…
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The Nigerian State and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It appears that there is an attempt to push the Shi'ites in Nigeria to popular revolt. We have enough insurgencies and violent conflicts in Nigeria and should not encourage martyrdom. The Nigerian state and the civil populace should be careful and beware of pushing the country towards more violent conflicts.…
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The Crisis of Pastoralism and Negative Stereotyping: From Cattle Colonies To Ruga, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I have seen the policy documents from the Ministry of Agriculture and the documents themselves make no mention of colonies or ruga. What happened was that both times, just when the policies were being launched, the names - colony and ruga - were added, making the discussions of the policy…
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The North and Nigeria’s Security Challenges, By Jibrin Ibrahim

There is, above all, a real challenge posed by the near total collapse of national and local governance and the rapid and extensive growth of ungoverned spaces. The message everywhere is that citizens must rise to the occasion and devise strategies to provide for their own safety. Nigeria is confronted…
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