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Social Media: Engaging the Capacity To Transform and Undermine Society, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The spirit of the Summit was that the social media has the potentials to contribute to transforming society, just as it can be used to undermine it. In Nigeria, as in the rest of the world, we have seen elements of both. While its use is increasing, few have approached…
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Of Ministers and Slots: A Legacy Of Cronyism, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is so sad that Buhari continues to disappoint and demystify himself each passing day. What an anticlimax for a man who touted integrity and and the anti-corruption struggle as the raison d'etre for his eligibility for the presidency. Before it is assumed to be normal, it is not. Appointing…
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The Nigerian State and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It appears that there is an attempt to push the Shi'ites in Nigeria to popular revolt. We have enough insurgencies and violent conflicts in Nigeria and should not encourage martyrdom. The Nigerian state and the civil populace should be careful and beware of pushing the country towards more violent conflicts.…
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The Abuse Of Faith By Pastors, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is morally reprehensible to dismiss the crimes of pastors and church leaders. It is an abuse of faith to attempt to silence critics and denounce people who challenge the church to be accountable as unfaithful, or lacking obedience to the word of God. To believe that church leaders are…
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The Crisis of Pastoralism and Negative Stereotyping: From Cattle Colonies To Ruga, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I have seen the policy documents from the Ministry of Agriculture and the documents themselves make no mention of colonies or ruga. What happened was that both times, just when the policies were being launched, the names - colony and ruga - were added, making the discussions of the policy…
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Buhari’s Next Level Of Slow and “Slowbalisation”?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Welcome to the Next Level of Slow! We have a president whose understanding and acceptance of what constitutes a modern society is the pre-Sokoto Jihad. He just doesn't get it! More than a month into President Buhari's second term, the "Next Level" he promised Nigerians is shaping up to be…
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The North and Nigeria’s Security Challenges, By Jibrin Ibrahim

There is, above all, a real challenge posed by the near total collapse of national and local governance and the rapid and extensive growth of ungoverned spaces. The message everywhere is that citizens must rise to the occasion and devise strategies to provide for their own safety. Nigeria is confronted…
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Security and Development Challenges in the Sahel, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The state in the countries of the Sahel is extremely weak and is unable to perform its key functions related to security provisioning and the delivery of social and economic goods to the people. The state has therefore lost much of its legitimacy. The Sahel states all have secular constitutions…
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While Yoruba Land Sleeps!, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Yoruba homeland is encircled, with its forests and major roads occupied by kidnappers and territorial expansionists because we have been sleeping! We found ourselves in this predicament because ìpọ́njú makes Us Yorùbá. The Yoruba do not unite around anything, unless they are faced with catalytic adversity. It is time…
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