Bámidélé Upfront

Connecting the Dots of Corruption: How Individual Greed Has Crippled Nigeria (I), By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Our lack of reckoning and buck passing betrays our almost congenital inability to think deep, connect the dots and see how we are ruining the country collectively. We blame leaders for everything, refusing to see how we extend corruption in our homes, our spheres of influence and how the cancer…
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Aregbesola In the Eyes Of History, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Warts and all, Aregbesola is an invigorating historical character. A throwback to the past, he is actually in reality, the one real social democrat who has held a strategic office in this republic. This is an amazing feat, having come out of the right wing neo-liberal environment of post-1999 Lagos…
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2019: The Campaigns Have Begun, So What’s On Offer?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

My dear five friends, and the 54 other presidential candidates, I encourage you to set new standards in political campaigning in our dear country. Please engage Nigerians on issues-based campaigning on our key problems – insecurity, unemployment, poor health facilities, water and sanitation, ethnic and religious bigotry, etc. Make clear…
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Atiku: An Ambition Capable of Endangering Our Commonwealth, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The stage is set for Nigerians to pick their poison. It is a choice between a notoriously slow, nepotistic, irredentist, sitting president they know and an amoral, shadowy, slippery bandit, whose wealth is considered to have been notoriously derived from graft and economic exploitation of the state. Campaign for political…
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Columns

Nigerian Democracy and the Threat of Transactional Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Vote buying is therefore the worst form of transactional politics that is compromising our democracy. The greatest challenge we have in conducting the 2019 general elections is to ensure as many citizens as possible resist the temptation of debasing their votes for short-term financial gain. This week, the Yar’Adua Centre…
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Ganduje’s Unfortunate Use Of Children As Political Prop, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Using children as political props did not start with Ganduje. However, he is now on record as the first to use children to justify corruption. It is not only sinful, it is criminal! Here we are in a country populated by wicked and unfeeling leaders, for whom stealing and material…
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Columns

The Nigerian Left and the Future of Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The meeting urged the political left to support comrades who are running for public offices on credible progressive platforms. In so doing, the political left would commit itself to promoting the ideals and values of an alternative system that seeks to change the present order. The transformation of the state…
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On The Horns of A Dilemma: Our Morton’s Fork, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For those of us who understand how left behind we are, the selection of Buhari and Atiku feels like a concerted operation against Nigeria's greatness. Neither of these two will bring real development nor relief to the citizens. We are confronted with the stark option of choosing between a bandit…
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Islamic Movement in Nigeria: Ending the Killing Spree, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is very sad, disturbing and totally unacceptable that the Nigerian Army established to protect the lives of Nigerians would regularly resort to the use of a section of Nigerians as cannon fodder. The issue at stake is that the Nigerian State and its armed forces have taken the position…
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