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Shoprite, Wealth Distribution and an Adverse Macroeconomic Environment, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

There are no real increases in wages as nominal wages cannot keep up with inflation. How can the economy grow with high lending rates, high inflation, with consumers having no disposable income to spend? Unless there is a clear policy to resuscitate the middle class and increase purchasing power parity,…
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Violence In Kaduna, As Nigeria Bleeds, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Kaduna State is a microcosm of Nigeria. Following thirty years of a fissiparous process of state creation, the political map of majorities and minorities has been complexified by the creation of numerous new majorities and minorities. The Kaduna question is about the state-wide majority versus the southern Kaduna majority. On…
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Degree Fakery, Resume Implants and Biographical Discrepancies, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Politicians like Obasa go to great lengths to prove they are worthy of election. To get ahead of the pack, they exaggerate their resumes. If it is true as alleged that Obasa is not a lawyer as claimed, this is a grave political indictment, in addition to the various corrupt…
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Ibrahim Magu: Ramifications of a Complex Story, By Jibrin Ibrahim

There are numerous reports that the conflict between Abubakar Malami and Ibrahim Magu may lie in their different visions of the discontinuation of the prosecution of corrupt persons. In February 2018, PREMIUM TIMES broke the story of how the attorney-general, Abubakar Malami, wrote President Buhari and urged him to allow…
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Buhari Regime: Caught in Whirlwind of Corruption Allegations, By Jibrin Ibrahim

As the drama on massive corruption plays out, the regime is the loser and it has clearly lost its anti-corruption image. In addition, no one within the administration appears to have the standing to be able to intervene in a manner that would assure Nigerians on the legitimacy of state…
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Akpabio: When Sexism Becomes A Desperate Act of Control, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What has Ms. Nunieh's four husbands got to do with all that is at issue? Clearly Akpabio's intent was to slut-shame her by deploying the low cost ingredient of failed marriages. Apparently, Akpabio found her accusations unsettling, and his loss of patriarchal control, in this instance, infuriating. That the Niger…
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The Price Tag Of Fraud: Hushpuppi and Associates, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What is the price tag of these FBI takedown of Nigerian cross-border criminal gangs on Nigeria's reputation? What impact will it have on forging business links and the ease of travel for Nigerians? Well, fraud is expensive in so many ways and the cost to Nigeria is and will be…
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Commissions of Inquiry As Diversionary Tactics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

When strident demands are made for action, they establish yet another inquiry to delay action. Nigeria has learnt from this British tradition of delay tactics through the institution of commissions of inquiry. I know because I have served in three commissions. Too many people delude themselves into thinking that government…
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Framing Defeat As Victory, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What happened in Edo was an unexpected, fast and furious spectacle. The biggest loser of the game - Adams Oshiomhole, the ousted APC chairman - has no one to blame but himself. He allowed himself to be pushed and The outcome of the crisis he precipitated is a perfect example…
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