Columns

Elections 2015: Of Cats and Kites, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Governors Sule Lamido and Muazu Babangida Aliyu have failed to bell the Jonathan cat. It turned out that they are lily-livered, chicken, cowards and without balls. In March last year, Governor Aliyu had presented himself as the leader of the Northern Governors who had in his possession a signed commitment…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Why Are Nigerians Good At Picking Bad Leaders? Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

Nigerians are good at picking bad leaders because we focus on all the wrong things, like a candidate’s contrived narrative - lack of shoes, charm, exaggerated meekness, superfluous religiosity, their stellar pedigree or their deep pockets. None of these has any bearing on a candidate’s leadership potential. Attributes of good…
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Columns

Reading the Nigerian State through a Good Lens, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is becoming increasingly clear that the #BringBackOurGirls Movement is an effective lens for accurately reading the state of the Nigerian State and the depth of the crisis it is facing. Even more important, the Movement has been pointing out the path that needs to be taken to save the…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Boko Haram: Negotiation As An Option, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Terrorism is achieving political agenda through violence. The politics of power is the reason behind the argument of not negotiating with terrorists. The protagonist point of view is that negotiating with terrorists rewards violence and discourages political change through peaceful means. They argue that negotiation weakens the negotiating government’s democratic…
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Democracy and Governance

The Business of Drafting Jonathan, By Okey Ndibe

There’s a new business in Nigeria. It’s the business of drafting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to present himself for reelection. A group called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has emerged as the biggest, most enterprising player. Every few days, some busybodies under the aegis of TAN descend on some city…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Utilitarianism – What Nigeria Lost, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The horror of living in a country so blessed yet so devastated can be explained by the lack of belief in utilitarianism. Nigeria is not breeding apostles of kindness and compassion in significant numbers. There are few torch bearers for the common good and there is little concern for human…
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Bámidélé Upfront

That Thoughtless Sack Of Doctors, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

Once again, President Goodluck Jonathan can’t stop making a vulgar spectacle of himself. In a move that seems pretty blasé to him, he sacked 16,000 resident doctors in one fell swoop. How rational is that in a country in dire need of doctors? According to the World Health Organization (WHO),…
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