Bámidélé Upfront

On The Horns of A Dilemma: Our Morton’s Fork, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For those of us who understand how left behind we are, the selection of Buhari and Atiku feels like a concerted operation against Nigeria's greatness. Neither of these two will bring real development nor relief to the citizens. We are confronted with the stark option of choosing between a bandit…
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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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The Continued Mishandling of the Shi’ite Crisis, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The clampdown on Shi'ites cannot cure them of their lawlessness. Hatred for them for not being Sunnis will solve nothing. If the executive is not intent on birthing another terror group in Nigeria, there must be a change of tactic. Zealotry can be tamed with negotiation and dialogue. The Shi'ites…
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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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Columns

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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Party Primaries, Direct and Indirect Dismissal of Popular Mandates, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...what is clear is that this season of primaries has shown the fragility of our democracy. Once again, it has become clear to all that Nigerian democracy has a great weakness because of the lack of respect for internal party democracy and the consequent recurrent disrespect for party rules, particularly…
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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu: What Will Be Your Legacy?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

If you choose to repudiate self and focus on building an enduring legacy, you are in a position to charge our trajectory, especially in the Southwest by working with your political Sir, in twenty years what will you be remembered for? What current of political philosophy or social advancement would…
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Nigeria Air and Hadi Sirika: Why Transparency Matters, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Given the total information blackout, a lot of speculations arose that he was planning to use the asset of Arik and Aero start the new airline. Others speculated that he was begging Qatar Air to come and set up an airline for us. Speculation became the sole mode of engagement…
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Bámidélé Upfront

The Evolving Culture Of Public Scrutiny, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For those who seek and desire a greater Nigeria, we welcome the evolving critical challenge in public spaces, we accept the amplifying public voices of independent-minded people determined to change this country by improving public services, insisting on transparency, accountability and responsibility. Change is gradual but constant. Let those who…
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