Bámidélé Upfront

Buhari: A Total Abdication Of Responsibility, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What does the next four years hold for Nigeria? That the destiny of this nation is tied to a man that is so oblivious of its mounting challenges and possibility of civil revolt is confounding. If the state cannot protect us from ourselves, wouldn't that be considered as a push…
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Inauguration and the Challenge of Insecurity and Self-Help, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I think Nigerians are keen on listening to the president because the insecurity in the country has not only widened but has also taken a clear class dimension. The explosion of armed robbery, mass kidnapping and petty crimes all over the country is a statement from the On Wednesday, President…
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Dapo Olorunyomi: The Courage and the Struggle, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Dapsy has always argued, worked for and demonstrated that the answer to authoritarianism was to be found in the “investigative tradition to Nigerian journalism (which) challenged the military's sense of its own legitimacy.” His position has been that the media became the "presumptive parliament" of the nation and in that…
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Fulani Terrorists: Creating A National Crucible of Disaster, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Nigeria is a "tragedy descending into a farce"... With the deadly silence from those who unleashed Operation Crocodile Smile on the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) but who have refused to even utter a word on Fulani terrorists, the nation is encouraging self-help, which is a vital ingredient in genocide.…
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Recalling Former Governor Rimi’s Attempt To Diminish the Emir of Kano, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On April 1, 1981, Governor Rimi created four new emirs who were declared to be co-equal with the emir of Kano – those of Auyo, Dutse, Gaya and Rano. It was not an April Fool joke. The emirs were becoming a crowd in the old Kano Sate, as the other…
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Traditional Institutions and Rebuilding the State, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In rebuilding state capacity, Nigeria might need to reconsider providing a substantive role for traditional The present insecurity in the country is an opportunity to open a conversation on modalities and possibilities for returning institutions with authority to rural we should consider what roles they could play that are positive…
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Pacifism Will Not Help the South-West, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The South-West is primed to be the next theatre of mass slaughter and pillaging. This is not the time to placate killers. To be in a position of weakness is not strength, it is weakness. Those who want the land and blood of others feed on the presumption of cowardice.…
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Life In the Mud and Dust In A Kakistocracy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) have been treating children suffering from lead poisoning in Zamfara since 2010. Unsafe mining and ore processing have been fingered as the root causes of the lead poisoning crisis in the State. Many Zamfara children have died, while others are going through the slow…
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