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NEPU: Recalling When Ideology Mattered To Nigerian Parties, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The discussions on the politics of NEPU was very rich because it drew attention to what political parties are supposed to exist for. The first issue was that back in the day they were clear about what they stood for – good or bad, and they had a structure that…
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Violence In Kaduna, As Nigeria Bleeds, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Kaduna State is a microcosm of Nigeria. Following thirty years of a fissiparous process of state creation, the political map of majorities and minorities has been complexified by the creation of numerous new majorities and minorities. The Kaduna question is about the state-wide majority versus the southern Kaduna majority. On…
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Ibrahim Magu: Ramifications of a Complex Story, By Jibrin Ibrahim

There are numerous reports that the conflict between Abubakar Malami and Ibrahim Magu may lie in their different visions of the discontinuation of the prosecution of corrupt persons. In February 2018, PREMIUM TIMES broke the story of how the attorney-general, Abubakar Malami, wrote President Buhari and urged him to allow…
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Buhari Regime: Caught in Whirlwind of Corruption Allegations, By Jibrin Ibrahim

As the drama on massive corruption plays out, the regime is the loser and it has clearly lost its anti-corruption image. In addition, no one within the administration appears to have the standing to be able to intervene in a manner that would assure Nigerians on the legitimacy of state…
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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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