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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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Misery of Nigerian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, By Jibrin Ibrahim  

In this festive season, we as a nation need to reflect upon and more importantly take action on the misery of the growing numbers of our compatriots who have been forced to migrate and become either refugees in neighbouring countries or internally displaced persons (IDPs) within the country. We need…
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From Faulty Primaries to Vigorous Issue-Based Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Most of the primaries are over and as I argued last week, they exposed the depth of aversion to internal party democracy in most of our parties. The simple principle enunciated in the Electoral Act that all illegible party members wishing to contest in the primaries have a right to…
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Party Primaries and the Season of Anomie, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Yes we are in the season of anomie as party primaries are conducted in blatant violation of the Electoral Act, INEC Guidelines and Regulations for Political Parties and the Political Parties Code of Conduct. The process of lawlessness started with the election of delegates in which strong godfathers simply imposed…
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Political Science and the Sickness of the Nigerian State, By Jibrin Ibrahim,

The state of the Nigerian State is serious and each day we appear to be sinking deeper into the abyss. There is mounting evidence that we are not being governed and the traditional task of running the State is not a priority concern for the ruling class. Indeed, strictly speaking,…
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Nigerian Politicians, Brinksmanship and the Consequences of Political Recklessness, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It was the late BBC commentator, Alistair Cook, who re-phrased the famous dictum thus – “Power Corrupts and Absolute Power is Absolutely Delicious”. He was referring to the illusions of grandeur people who occupy state offices have, thinking they have so much power that they can do anything they want…
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The Brave Hunter’s Tale, the Military and the State, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigeria continues to lose territory to the Boko Haram insurgency and we are moving fast along the path of a complete takeover of a significant part of the country by terrorists. As our country gradually loses its sovereignty, the actions that define political behaviour consists of the insurgents perpetrating violence,…
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Combating Violent Extremism in the Sahel, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week, I participated in a conference on the theme of combatting insecurity and violent extremism in the Sahel. It was organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Professor Ibrahim Gambari’s Savannah Centre. In his opening remarks, Adeyemi Dipeolu of the ECA queried the dominant discourse…
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Chibok Girls, Pains of the Nation and the Missing Anger, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On 16th October, our Government announced that a ceasefire arrangement had been made with the Boko Haram insurgents and the major outcome of the agreement was the imminent release of the Chibok Girls from bondage. This message was received with cautious optimism, cautious because there had been many other announcements…
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