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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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Why France Kidnapped West Africa’s Eco Currency, By Jibrin Ibrahim

motive for the Eco move is to ensure that Nigeria is permanently kept out of the currency. As Professor Ibrahim Gambari has always said, France has always defined itself as the main power block in Africa and so has always seen Nigeria’s self-definition as an African power as a threat…
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A Diaspora Interventionist Model For Knowledge Production In Africa, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

On the African continent, the Carnegie Corporation of New York seeks to stop the devastation and bridge the gap by funding interventionist programmes targeted at bringing diaspora knowledge producers to the continent, to fill the gaps. In academia, the transition to becoming producers of knowledge requires a shift in thinking…
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National Assembly and the President: Please Start Fighting, By Jibrin Ibrahim

We got to know all these details about the budget process because the presidency and the legislature were fighting and releasing information. Now that the fighting has ended, we know much less about what is going Nigerians are therefore wondering whether the Ninth legislature is about collusion. My expectation was…
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Enjoying $30 billion Now and Making Our Grandchildren Repay It, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Whatever we do today will be left to the judgement of history. Unless there is a seismic shift in how Nigerian leaders think, future generations of Nigerians will earn less than their parents and see less economic opportunity throughout their lives. To avert the curse of having lived better days…
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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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Staying Woke Against Government’s Attempt To Gag Social Media, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

People should be vigilant to keep their freedom. Under-performing governments like the Buhari administration will continue to seek increased control over digital platforms. They will attempt to use legislation or taxes on data subscription rates to limit access, as a way to clampdown on free speech. Finally, the government is…
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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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The Largest University System In Africa, and the Worst, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What Nigeria needs is not the proliferation of Universities but a national strategic vision for education, with specific changes in policy and governance. It is depressing to see a country with so much potential, lose so much for the lack of long range vision. I have no hope in the…
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