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Bishop of Truro, Extremism and Religious Persecution in Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The general view of the workshop participants, in my understanding, was that the Bishop of Truro, by his terms of reference, worked from the answer to the question and therefore found what he was asked to look for. Many participants pointed out that there is indeed evidence of the targeting…
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Towards A Sustainable Resolution of the Farmer-Herder Crisis, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, strongly recommended the development of water and pasture resources within grazing reserves to cater for the interests of pastoralists, who could then be oriented away from areas where extensive farming is on-going. Of course, in the long run, Nigeria and indeed Africa have to…
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Security: Mr. President, Choose Your Faction and Act, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Moving forward, the commander-in-chief needs to stop the drift into chaos. First, he needs to urgently address the matter of hierarchy, chain of command and reporting/pecking order within the security sector. His security chiefs must work in harmony and synergy. This means he must end the factional feuds in the…
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Borno and Nigeria’s Growing Distance from the President, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Over the past few weeks, the National Assembly, political and civil society have made clear demands that the service chiefs whose terms have expired should make way for a new set of leaders that might be able to bring renewed zeal and tactics into security revisioning. The president has however…
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Boko Haram: The Politics of Targeted Killing of Christians, By Jibrin Ibrahim

When people know that they are being targeted and killed for their belief, it does not help much to tell them that they are also being manipulated, because they know that their victimhood is linked to their faith. To understand the manipulation component, they must see more concerted state action…
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Rising Insecurity: My Surprise At the President’s Surprise, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Following the president’s remarks that he is surprised at the growing insecurity in the country, what Nigerians are asking is: What have the security agencies been telling him? Are they telling him the reality that all ordinary Nigerians know that no part of this country is safe today and the…
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Our Collective Fears and the Urgent Need for Presidential Response, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It has been a long time since I have seen Nigerians as frightened as they are currently. It’s the type of all-pervasive fear that emerges when people become acutely aware that they are confronted with multiple threats to their safety and that if one does not get them, another would.…
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2020, Nigeria and the West Africa Challenge, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The most important element of the on-going West African crisis is that Nigeria has essentially abdicated its leadership role built on the lives of our soldiers that fought to defend Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nigeria needs to reinvent its leadership role in West Africa on both the security and economic…
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