Bámidélé Upfront

Jonathan, his “boys” and the reigning regime of “Who Will Catch Me?”, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

A former governor with familial and business ties to Chad was fingered as a sponsor of terror. The next thing we saw; he became Nigeria's roving ambassador on terrorist matters, cruising around protected, under heavy State Security cordon. His state's airport is closed to air traffic. Even the current governor…
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Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigerian Politicians, Brinksmanship and the Consequences of Political Recklessness, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It was the late BBC commentator, Alistair Cook, who re-phrased the famous dictum thus – “Power Corrupts and Absolute Power is Absolutely Delicious”. He was referring to the illusions of grandeur people who occupy state offices have, thinking they have so much power that they can do anything they want…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Nigeria – From A Failing State To A Failed State, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

For long, Nigeria wavered precariously between weakness and total failure. With Jonathan leading the party of lootocrats and do nothings, the report card is in; Nigeria is a failed state. It hasn't collapsed yet but its collapse is a matter of time if the current trends are sustained. A failed…
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Columns

The Brave Hunter’s Tale, the Military and the State, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigeria continues to lose territory to the Boko Haram insurgency and we are moving fast along the path of a complete takeover of a significant part of the country by terrorists. As our country gradually loses its sovereignty, the actions that define political behaviour consists of the insurgents perpetrating violence,…
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Reflections On Rural Life, By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

The disconnect between life in rural Nigeria and life in the big cities is huge! In the unwilling megalopolis called Lagos as well as other cities, pseudo-modern sprawls are creeping up with no discernible criterion that is uniquely Nigerian. Life and living is robbed of common sense, moral action, renewal…
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Columns

Combating Violent Extremism in the Sahel, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week, I participated in a conference on the theme of combatting insecurity and violent extremism in the Sahel. It was organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Professor Ibrahim Gambari’s Savannah Centre. In his opening remarks, Adeyemi Dipeolu of the ECA queried the dominant discourse…
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Okey Ndibe

How Achebe Saved Me From James Hadley Chase, By Okey Ndibe

Two Saturdays ago, I had the privilege of giving a keynote at an international conference organized at the Senate House of the University of London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God.   The two-day celebration was an impressive gathering of scholars who have devoted time…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Beyond 2015: The Brass Tasks Ahead, By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

Nigeria is in double jeopardy, afflicted with the twin evil of falling oil prices and falling reserves. Nigerians should start getting ready to face the music. Recently, the Finance Minister insisted in her guarded public pronouncements that Nigeria is not broke. But fortunately, the facts are there for everyone to…
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