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Value Added Tax Increase: Robbing Peter To Pay Paul, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

This increase in VAT rate not only shows that we are not ready to face the real problems but that we are determined to rob Peter to pay Paul. For too long Nigeria has been living above its means. We keep borrowing to finance deficits, and this is unfortunately channelled…
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Brexit, English Tribalism and the Difficult Future for European Democracy, By Jibrin Ibrahim

For too long, the English masses had been constrained by their ruling class to bottle their xenophobia against everybody else but Brexit liberated them. The Referendum was run on the official platform of restoring the sovereignty of Parliament. Now we know it was a ruse. It was about the superiority…
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KABAFEST 2019: Continuing the Celebration of the African Story, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Thanks to the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival for reminding us that the African story is being told by our writers, poets, musicians and artists. It’s a vast story with multiple and diverse narratives. These stories have also been and are being told by different generations of African writers and…
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South Africa’s Xenophobia Has Exposed Nigeria As The Gnat Of Africa, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

No one takes a weak and crumbling state like Nigeria seriously outside its borders. No one respects an economically sick, rudderless nation. We have squandered our wealth and have become the GNAT of Africa. That we fought apartheid is ancient history. We were rich, boisterous and prodigal. Greed and waste…
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Nigeria: The Injustice Pressure-Cooker Must Not Burst, By Jibrin Ibrahim

She notes that the country-wide patterns include the excessive use of lethal force by the police and military, in violation of applicable international standards, the lack of effective investigations, the absence of meaningful prosecution and the militarisation of policing. The result, she says, is further mistrust and breakdown of confidence…
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The FBI Raid, Yahoo Yahoo and Dignity of Labour, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Almost everyone is hooked on short cuts and determined to get rich or die trying. To drive us further near the cliff, the culture and structure of government incentivise the breaking of laws and allow people to circumvent rules and regulations. An example can be found in the rank of…
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Addressing the Weakest Link in the Electoral Process – Collation, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...CDD called for a concerted effort by INEC and other election stakeholders to work resolutely towards improving the quality of collation, especially at the ward level. They also called on INEC to work towards publishing result details at all levels, so as to create more trust and confidence in election…
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Ekweremadu: Elite Attack As Expression of Looming “Ressentiment”, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

I hope the "ressentiment" of Ekweremadu opens the eyes of politicians to the dangers they face as a result of their malfeasance. Elite shelter has blinded many of Ekweremadu's status to the psychic damage done by economic suffering to For years, resentment of the left-behind, has been building up, stoking…
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