Okey Ndibe

“Je suis Charlie” and Nigerian Envy, By Okey Ndibe

On January 7, two gunmen stormed—later identified as Islamist activists of Algerian descent—stormed the editorial headquarters of “Charlie Hebdo,” an irreverent, anti-religious weekly publication. In an attack that seemed to be over in a flash, the gunmen executed 12 people, including editor Stephane Charbonnier, several other editorial staff and two…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Nigerian Newspapers and The Loss of Corporate Social Responsibility, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

What does "corporate social responsibility" mean for a media organisation? Does it matter? What measure exists for it? Those questions raced through my mind as I saw the front pages of the Punch, the Guardian and Sun newspapers on Monday, January 19, 2015. The Sun prides itself as a tabloid,…
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Democracy and Governance

Defending Ourselves Against Atrocities, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The Boko Haram insurgency is capturing and keeping more Nigerian territory by the day and it appears to be getting stronger and stronger. This is surprising as such insurgencies normally limit their action to guerrilla hit and run tactics because in general, they should not be able to withstand a…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Election Violence: What Buhari and Jonathan should do, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

In the last one week, a fresh wave of electoral violence was unleashed on the country by agents of politicians seeking power through destabilization. Some supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were shot on their way to an APC rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. On Sunday, unidentified persons…
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Columns

The Burkinabe Revolt against Tenure Elongation, By Jibrin Ibrahim  

This week, I write from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, where I am attending a series of meetings around the report by the Centre for Democracy and Development on political governance and conflicts, It’s a perspective study looking into the crystal ball to understand peace and conflict issues from 2014 through…
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Columns

Boko Haram and the American View, By Jibrin Ibrahim

There has been growing tension between the United States and Nigeria over the former’s reluctance to provide real help with the war against Boko Haram. Indeed my good friend, Professor Ade Adefuye, Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States openly accused the Obama administration of failing to support the fight against…
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Columns

Misery of Nigerian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, By Jibrin Ibrahim  

In this festive season, we as a nation need to reflect upon and more importantly take action on the misery of the growing numbers of our compatriots who have been forced to migrate and become either refugees in neighbouring countries or internally displaced persons (IDPs) within the country. We need…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Buhari: A Symbol Of Ethics And Integrity, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

As we look to hire a new President to sweep off the horrendously incompetent Goodluck Jonathan, we need to consider the prescription of Warren Buffet, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway. He said, "In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy.…
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Columns

From Faulty Primaries to Vigorous Issue-Based Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Most of the primaries are over and as I argued last week, they exposed the depth of aversion to internal party democracy in most of our parties. The simple principle enunciated in the Electoral Act that all illegible party members wishing to contest in the primaries have a right to…
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