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The State and the Acceleration of Human Rights Abuses, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigeria is undergoing a crisis of constitutionalism as our 'grand norm' is violated regularly by law enforcement agencies. The law is clear that suspects cannot be held beyond 48 hours, except on the basis of a court order, but this is not being respected. Investigations are often conducted using techniques…
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Kano Emirate: the Dangers of Playing Politics with Institutions, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the governor’s defiance of court orders in proceeding to implement and appoint new emirs despite the knowledge of the proceedings before the court and the service of the court orders, is simply wrong and unbecoming of a governor. Persisting in error after a clear court judgement just over a week…
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Pension For Governors: Governance Without Accountability In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Are all current and former Nigerian governors mad? After years of siphoning state funds without accountability, why do so many of them stampede state houses of assembly to pass laws providing them pensions for life at rates that are clearly unsustainable for the states, who are forced to stop paying…
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Weaponising Electoral Geography: Thugs and the Vote In Bayelsa and Kogi, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The weaponisation of electoral geography has become very scientific. They derail the opposition by frightening them into staying at home during elections. Those brave enough to come out are attacked by thugs, thus suppressing their votes. Meanwhile, security and electoral officials are compromised with a combination of threats and bribes.…
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Björn Beckman, 1938-2019: A Life of Struggle and Friendship, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Professor Björn Beckman was important to us because of his deep commitment to Nigeria. He immersed himself in the successive radical struggles of the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. He was a central pillar in the coterie of comrades who defined pathways for resistance to imperialism, neo-colonial and national exploitation and…
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The Shocking “Need” for Torture Houses, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Yes, let’s close down the torture chambers, we have no need for them. What we need urgently is to open humane correctional centres. Even more important is the need to seek serious solutions to the drug addiction and social crisis in our society. Nigeria and indeed the international community have…
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Ake Festival 2019: Grey Matter From Africa’s Literary Giants, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It was an opportunity for us Africans to situate ourselves on the world stage, not so much to compare ourselves with others but to ask ourselves two questions: What stories can we tell and what experiences should we reflect upon to inspire us to improve our lives and livelihoods? Secondly,…
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Sexual Harassment As Academic Licence: Arresting the Rot in Our Universities, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The general corruption and spread of sexual harassment in the university system deepened over the years because both the university administrations and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have not invested significantly in developing and implementing a code of ethics to guide the conduct of staff and students. This…
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Nine Theses On Nigerian Religions, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Not only has it abdicated its responsibility for social provisioning, the state has also largely withdrawn its commitment to promoting equitable social and economic development in the country. Given that nature abhors a vacuum, religious organisations were quick to seize the opportunity of occupying the terrain and using their nexus…
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