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Nigeria: Nurturing the Anger of the Poor, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The ingredients of violent agitation are threatening to come together. The populist posture will soon wear out. The government must take active steps to guarantee legal rights to basic needs like food, health and education. Failure to act will threaten Nigeria's corporate existence. "No more free money". Some of us…
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Can Nigeria End the Politics of Godfatherism?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...Nigerians are on the march and godfathers can be fought and defeated. The franchise has long since been granted to citizens by the Constitution but it has taken two decades to learn how to fight to truly own this constitutional right. The verdict is that Nigeria can end the politics…
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Curtailing Theft and Vandalism In Our Communities, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Collectively we can free our communities from theft and vandalism because these twin evil affects us all. We can free our communities and country if we pay attention to what is going on around us and we are on the lookout for odd movements and behaviour. We should be quick…
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Chibok Girls: Five Years of Angst; Five Years of Struggle, By Jibrin Ibrahim

This Movement initiated by the brave people of Chibok and amplified by concerned voices round the world is creating a new path for ordinary citizens and civil society activists to create a new Nigeria. As the World joins Nigerians in making accountability demands on our government, we thank them for…
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The Trajectory of Mass Killings, Atrocities and Scorched Earth In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The core problem therefore is that the state is largely absent in rural Nigeria, in terms of its role in social and security provisioning. There is widespread poverty, absence of social and physical infrastructure, access roads, schools and primary health centres. The state is however present as an organ of…
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Sartorial Commandments: ABU’s Assault On Freedom of Expression, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Universities are established for learning and the search for truth. The vitality of Nigerian universities came under threat long ago and the threat is now existential. Our institutions of learning are no longer spaces for contesting ideas, seeking and learning the truth, but a coliseum for gladiators to struggle for…
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Imposition or Free Choice: New Leadership for the Ninth Senate, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I suspect it is too late for the APC to retrace its steps at this point. What is important for the party is to realise is that the National Assembly members are very jealous of their hard-earned autonomy and will fight to preserve it. The leadership of the APC must…
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Yoruba Political Leadership and Its Socio-economic Future, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is sad that in a little over a generation, we have erased all the gains and edge Chief Awolowo gave us through free In the broken down public school systems, even in richer Lagos State, how does anyone get the preparation to become a doctor, robotics engineer etc? The…
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Kano Politics and the Decline of Values, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The value that emerged from rigging and cynical “development” can only push the people further away from democratic politics. If the peoples' votes do not count, then the values that would triumph in future would be violence and thuggery. Nonetheless, we cannot give up on the core value of accountability.…
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Anthropology of Fabricating Electoral Results: How the Kano Outcome Might Have Emerged, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, winner of the Kano State governorship supplementary election held Saturday 23rd March, 2019 . Governor Ganduje was trailing the PDP Candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf at the end of the first election…
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