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Pension For Governors: Governance Without Accountability In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Are all current and former Nigerian governors mad? After years of siphoning state funds without accountability, why do so many of them stampede state houses of assembly to pass laws providing them pensions for life at rates that are clearly unsustainable for the states, who are forced to stop paying…
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Economic Crimes Ruin It For Us All, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The negative reputation of Nigeria out there diminishes legitimate opportunities for investment and sustainable growth. Sooner or later, we will know that there is no substitute for commonsense and good behaviour. Rebuilding damaged reputation is costly and difficult. A cheaper way is to enforce consequences for bad actions. We need…
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Weaponising Electoral Geography: Thugs and the Vote In Bayelsa and Kogi, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The weaponisation of electoral geography has become very scientific. They derail the opposition by frightening them into staying at home during elections. Those brave enough to come out are attacked by thugs, thus suppressing their votes. Meanwhile, security and electoral officials are compromised with a combination of threats and bribes.…
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Prebendalism: Are Vote Buying and Voter Intimidation Here To Stay?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

With what we have seen progressively in the last ten years, vote buying has become entrenched. The poorest and most victimised now expect the disbursement of cash before voting in elections, as the one and only thing they get from an ineffectual government as their share of the commonwealth. What…
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Björn Beckman, 1938-2019: A Life of Struggle and Friendship, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Professor Björn Beckman was important to us because of his deep commitment to Nigeria. He immersed himself in the successive radical struggles of the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. He was a central pillar in the coterie of comrades who defined pathways for resistance to imperialism, neo-colonial and national exploitation and…
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The Shocking “Need” for Torture Houses, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Yes, let’s close down the torture chambers, we have no need for them. What we need urgently is to open humane correctional centres. Even more important is the need to seek serious solutions to the drug addiction and social crisis in our society. Nigeria and indeed the international community have…
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Ake Festival 2019: Grey Matter From Africa’s Literary Giants, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It was an opportunity for us Africans to situate ourselves on the world stage, not so much to compare ourselves with others but to ask ourselves two questions: What stories can we tell and what experiences should we reflect upon to inspire us to improve our lives and livelihoods? Secondly,…
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Bridging the Infrastructure Gap: A New Thinking and Financial Model Needed, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

A new thinking, attitude, aptitude and approach is to adopt a capacitative model for infrastructure delivery. This model capacitates all role players to manage complex issues during the different phases of an infrastructure project. The federal and state governments must develop personnel who have the relevant skills and they must…
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Sexual Harassment As Academic Licence: Arresting the Rot in Our Universities, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The general corruption and spread of sexual harassment in the university system deepened over the years because both the university administrations and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have not invested significantly in developing and implementing a code of ethics to guide the conduct of staff and students. This…
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Value Orientation and Innovative Thinking: Akínkanjú As An Opportunity Entrepreneur, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Akínkanjú, the entrepreneur, is a pilgrim on the journey of discovery, disruption and change. She is constant in her doggedness, and never discouraged. It takes initiative and resourcefulness to have a vision, to take risks and create something of value, to be an Akínkanjú. The propagation of good values…
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