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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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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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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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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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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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Chibok Girls, Pains of the Nation and the Missing Anger, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On 16th October, our Government announced that a ceasefire arrangement had been made with the Boko Haram insurgents and the major outcome of the agreement was the imminent release of the Chibok Girls from bondage. This message was received with cautious optimism, cautious because there had been many other announcements…
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Is OPEC Toast, Is Nigeria Broke? By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

World’s demand for oil grew from million barrels per day in 1973 to 92 million barrels per day today. Nigeria has largely squandered its earnings through looting of the treasury and corruption. The time for reckoning is now here. Compared to other oil exporting countries, Nigeria has nothing to show…
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The Imperative Of Accepting Outcomes Of Credible Elections, By Jibrin Ibrahim

As the final declarations of contestants for the February elections emerge, it is becoming extremely clear that both the presidential and many gubernatorial will be closely fought affairs. The emergence of the APC as an amalgam of the major opposition parties means the PDP will not have an easy breeze…
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