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Bishop of Truro, Extremism and Religious Persecution in Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The general view of the workshop participants, in my understanding, was that the Bishop of Truro, by his terms of reference, worked from the answer to the question and therefore found what he was asked to look for. Many participants pointed out that there is indeed evidence of the targeting…
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Amotekun: On the Tripod Of Security, Sustainability and Competitiveness, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Actions have consequences. Amotekun will have consequences. We have to work to make the consequences of establishing Amotekun positive. Deep thought should be given to the economic side of Amotekun. Amotekun should be seen as the precursor for an overall ideology that will drive the Yoruba to sustainable development and…
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Towards A Sustainable Resolution of the Farmer-Herder Crisis, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, strongly recommended the development of water and pasture resources within grazing reserves to cater for the interests of pastoralists, who could then be oriented away from areas where extensive farming is on-going. Of course, in the long run, Nigeria and indeed Africa have to…
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Northern Nigeria: The Futility of Fighting Modernity and Development, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

- A technology Hackathon in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Perhaps, the North should also be told that the pre-Sokoto Jihad mindset cannot work anymore. The Muslim world has moved on. Saudi Arabia, the custodian of Islam, has its citizens studying in the best universities in the world. And, the great citadels…
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Security: Mr. President, Choose Your Faction and Act, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Moving forward, the commander-in-chief needs to stop the drift into chaos. First, he needs to urgently address the matter of hierarchy, chain of command and reporting/pecking order within the security sector. His security chiefs must work in harmony and synergy. This means he must end the factional feuds in the…
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The Make Or Break Decade For Nigeria Is Here, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Right now, we not only need an intelligent constitution purged of ethnic and religious supremacy, we need a national democratic agreement on how sustainable development can be navigated in this make or break decade. Nigeria is imploding in slow motion because it is fielding its third-eleven in politics, unlike in…
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Borno and Nigeria’s Growing Distance from the President, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Over the past few weeks, the National Assembly, political and civil society have made clear demands that the service chiefs whose terms have expired should make way for a new set of leaders that might be able to bring renewed zeal and tactics into security revisioning. The president has however…
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The Siege of Kleptocrats and Kakistocrats, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

We are paying the price. The kleptocrats distract us from focusing on their crime by invoking religion, ethnicity or whatever identity suits them, and the kakistocrats distract us from their ineptitude and mediocrity by attacking free speech. While we are engrossed in bickering, the kleptocrats steal more and the kakistocrats…
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Boko Haram: The Politics of Targeted Killing of Christians, By Jibrin Ibrahim

When people know that they are being targeted and killed for their belief, it does not help much to tell them that they are also being manipulated, because they know that their victimhood is linked to their faith. To understand the manipulation component, they must see more concerted state action…
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Rising Insecurity: My Surprise At the President’s Surprise, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Following the president’s remarks that he is surprised at the growing insecurity in the country, what Nigerians are asking is: What have the security agencies been telling him? Are they telling him the reality that all ordinary Nigerians know that no part of this country is safe today and the…
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