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Election Lessons from the First Republic: It’s the Republic that Matters, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The 2015 Nigerian election is turning out to be as acrimonious, bitter and a hateful play of brinkmanship that could derail our democracy as that of 1964. It has the potential of threatening the survival of our country. As the election approaches, we need to remind ourselves on what we…
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Scuttling the Elections: Plan C, D and….? By Jibrin Ibrahim   

What is clear to all serious analysts is that certain powers within the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party circles are very frightened about the likely outcome of the presidential elections. That fear has been expressed in the enormous pressure brought to bear upon INEC to postpone the elections. It has also…
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Columns

Elections and the Abuse of the Powers of Incumbency By Jibrin Ibrahim

On Wednesday, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, issued a press statement about the case instituted by his ministry seeking to stop INEC using the permanent Voter cards (PVCs) for the forthcoming elections. It was ‘Sahara Reporters’, the online publication that blew the…
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Scenario Building on the Postponement of the Elections, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On Saturday, I was part of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room that met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his 12 National Commissioners. We were informed about the receipt of a letter from the security services advising that INEC postpones the general elections on the…
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Democracy and Governance

President Jonathan: Between Assurance and Panic, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On Saturday, President Jonathan was on a campaign tour of Maiduguri and spent three hours asking the people to vote for him. He assured the people that if elected into office for a second time, “he will conquer the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group, reclaim peace in Borno and other…
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Democracy and Governance

Defending Ourselves Against Atrocities, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The Boko Haram insurgency is capturing and keeping more Nigerian territory by the day and it appears to be getting stronger and stronger. This is surprising as such insurgencies normally limit their action to guerrilla hit and run tactics because in general, they should not be able to withstand a…
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The Burkinabe Revolt against Tenure Elongation, By Jibrin Ibrahim  

This week, I write from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, where I am attending a series of meetings around the report by the Centre for Democracy and Development on political governance and conflicts, It’s a perspective study looking into the crystal ball to understand peace and conflict issues from 2014 through…
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