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Abracadabra, the Electoral Act and Irresponsible Political Action, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The current timing of the submission of the bills however is completely inappropriate and can only be considered as mischief. They should be withheld and the best time to present them is just after the general elections, so that whoever is in power after May 29, 2019 would dust them…
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Has Boko Haram Become A Money Spinner For The Army Brass?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Is it possible that the Army brass has turned the Boko Haram insurgency into a full-time money making occupation, wasting the lives of soldiers on the field, while generals make money both in Abuja and the theatre of operations, by not providing the necessary tools and intelligence capacity required for…
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KABAFEST 2018: Celebrating the African Story, By Jibrin Ibrahim

What then is the African story? This was the more difficult question. To illustrate the complexity of the question, the moderator Adam Ibrahim recalled the novel by Aminatta Forna called "The Hired Man". It tells the story of the terrible civil war in Croatia and the horrors that accompanied it.…
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Buhari’s Corrupt and Incorrigible Acolyte – “President” Abba Kyari, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

When will Buhari touch his roguish anointeds? When will these charades stop? Abba Kyari poses a direct challenge to Nigeria's democracy, because he embodies the empty promise of Buhari's anti-corruption fight. For a man whose animating ideology is money by any means and whose power relations can be charitably characterised…
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The False Choice Between Human Rights and National Security, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In democracies, there is no choice at any moment between the rule of law and national security. On the contrary, the security of the citizen is predicated on the absolute respect for the rule of law. Democracy is based on the affirmation of the principle that the governance of human…
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The Trump Sucker Punch, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

...with Trump, no one individual, group or country is safe. Only Trump is safe with Trump. He lacks the paradoxical blend of boldness and restraint required of a leader. Calling President Buhari "lifeless" is disrespectful, contemptuous, undiplomatic and antagonistic but not unexpected. American founding fathers extended the philosophy of liberalism…
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The 2019 Elections and the Party System That Won’t Change, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Over the past two years, very many Nigerians had worked towards and hoped to have a Third Force that would change the nature of Nigerian politics towards good and democratic governance run by a new political Be that as it may, a few weeks to the party primaries, the key…
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Do Young Nigerians Know that Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

My prayer today is that state ministries of education should look up this book of readings and prayers and use it or a similar instrument to teach the younger generation what we learnt – that Christianity and Islam draw from the same principles and value pool. Let it be known…
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APC: An Unstable Majority, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The APC may yet maintain their unstable majority in 2019, but insecurity, mass killings, selective prosecution, allegations of corruption, a barely-there economy and overall stasis in governance is a legacy the government will have to confront. The game is on! Since Buhari won the presidential election in 2015, intra-party wrangling,…
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The Daura Affair and Threats to the Democratic Order, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the Lawal Daura affair is a microcosm of a wider crisis in the Buhari We cannot have significant improvements in security provisioning unless and until President Buhari creates order and functionality in the security sector. He must urgently review the sector and appoint people who are ready to work together…
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