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What COVID-19 is Telling Us About Right-wing Populism, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The problem about right-wing deniers is that they not only do terrible harm to their own people but also to others who become collateral victims of their senseless acts. For them, human lives have no value, what has value is their image and the imperative of forcing everyone to accept…
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Public Safety: As Nigeria Gallops Towards the Tipping Point, By Jibrin Ibrahim

When those who run the state do not respond to our cries for help, they make self-help the only we cannot say that we have a state which has a social contract with us. In the political science narrative, we say the state has reached the tipping point and is…
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Sacrificing Our Future To Pamper Legislators, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The lack of fiscal discipline at a time of economic uncertainty like this is confounding. Must the National Assembly be renovated at this time? What is the national urgency in the renovation of the National Assembly complex, in comparison to the health of Nigerians during a pandemic or the ballooning…
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COVID-19 Infection Rate: The Numbers Game, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The tragedy today is that too many states are playing politics with COVID-19, significantly increasing the risk of infections and death in their communities for the silly image-improving deception that their numbers are down, so that normal life can resume. The story of COVID-19 has always been about the numbers…
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Akinwumi Adesina’s Travails and the Failure of the Post-Colonial State, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Adesina is the first Nigerian to head the bank and all the fluff presently surrounding him is about his plan to wean Africa from consumption and jumpstart production. Apart from the proclivity of President Trump to upend and rip apart every world order that has brought relative peace and prosperity…
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Mr. President: What Would the Buhari Legacy Be?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The most important legacy the president should leave is an improvement of the security situation in the country. The expectation of Nigerians was that Boko Haram would be vanquished within the first year or two of his presidency. It did not happen. For over ten years now, the insurgency has…
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COVID-19: Multiplying Narratives, As Nigeria Moves Towards Herd Immunity, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The results of serological tests in the countries most affected however show that no country has had much more than 5 per cent of its population infected, while herd immunity would require at least a 60 per cent infection rate. In other words, COVID-19 will be the core problem for…
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Professor Ibrahim Gambari: Chief of Staff to the President, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I always say that we should be careful for what we pray for. My prayer is that Professor Gambari would remain faithful to his core value of commitment to the nation of Nigeria and would do all in his power to promote more inclusive governance. I am proud to call…
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Indaboski Pahose: The Niche Supplier Of Hope and Entertainment, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Looking at his juvenile video game stunts, one is forced to think how this kind of charlatan got his following. Indaboski commands following because his followers hunger for identity and hope. He sells it to them via entertainment and navel-gazing flair. Our youths are lost. They are sick, hopeless and…
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