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Combating Corruption, the Smart Way, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Our anti-corruption approach shows that the effective enforcement of the rule of law and the achievement of low levels of corruption require two complementary factors. First, effective ‘vertical’ enforcement of rules from law makers and their agencies above, and second an effective ‘horizontal’ enforcement of rules by the actors involved…
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Martin Luther Agwai: The Peace Loving General At 70, By Jibrin Ibrahim

He reached the zenith of his profession as the chief of army staff and later chief of defence staff. He was also he was the deputy military adviser at United Nations Headquarters, New York and served as the commander of the combined United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan.…
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The Imperative of Signing the Electoral Act, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is indeed true that Nigerians would revolt against any attempt to move backwards in the march towards improved electoral integrity and the president should be advised to keep to the straight and narrow path leading to free, fair and credible elections. The whole country is on tenterhooks as Nigerians…
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2019: The Campaigns Have Begun, So What’s On Offer?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

My dear five friends, and the 54 other presidential candidates, I encourage you to set new standards in political campaigning in our dear country. Please engage Nigerians on issues-based campaigning on our key problems – insecurity, unemployment, poor health facilities, water and sanitation, ethnic and religious bigotry, etc. Make clear…
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Nigerian Democracy and the Threat of Transactional Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Vote buying is therefore the worst form of transactional politics that is compromising our democracy. The greatest challenge we have in conducting the 2019 general elections is to ensure as many citizens as possible resist the temptation of debasing their votes for short-term financial gain. This week, the Yar’Adua Centre…
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The Nigerian Left and the Future of Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The meeting urged the political left to support comrades who are running for public offices on credible progressive platforms. In so doing, the political left would commit itself to promoting the ideals and values of an alternative system that seeks to change the present order. The transformation of the state…
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Islamic Movement in Nigeria: Ending the Killing Spree, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is very sad, disturbing and totally unacceptable that the Nigerian Army established to protect the lives of Nigerians would regularly resort to the use of a section of Nigerians as cannon fodder. The issue at stake is that the Nigerian State and its armed forces have taken the position…
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Civilian-led Security Governance In Post Boko Haram Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

While waiting for the complete routing of the Boko Haram insurgency, it’s important to start planning for the de-militarisation of the North-East over the short- to medium-term to re-establish community confidence in civilian security institutions and respect for the rule of law. The Nigerian military are currently deployed in 32…
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Researching and Understanding West African Societies, By Jibrin Ibrahim

A clear winner of the West African crisis is China, which is increasing its commerce with the zone, extracting natural resources for its own benefit but also contributing to the infrastructural and social development of the zone. One the massive transformation in physical mobility enabled by the fact that China…
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