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Intolerance As A Threat To Our Democracy, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...the relevant question, then, is what to do to reverse this creeping intolerance threatening our social space? Part of the answer to this question is that over a much longer plan horizon, we must strengthen our institutions against their takeover by thin-skinned, small-minded men. Of the many risks besetting our…
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The Perils of Economic Nationalism, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Always these episodes come about in times of economic difficulties. At such times it is easy to peddle the narrative that local economic interests are being hurt by the predatory and rapacious activity of foreigners. Across the continent, governments then resort to imposing severe restraints on the activities of resident…
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Our Poor, Between the World Bank and a Softening Naira, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...over the last five years, our monetary authority has spent a king’s ransom pursuing a foreign exchange rate policy designed to keep our affluent in fine fettle in good voice. To no avail. For, over the list six months the naira has daily plumbed new depths. Now that it is…
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Why the New Unemployment Numbers Are Not Good, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...the challenge for a government that wants to return its economy to the path of growth is clear ― turn this circle virtuous! Government, as part of this process, may not employ every labourer in our space. Indeed, it cannot. Better, therefore, to make it easier for private persons to…
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What The Buhari Government Must Do, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...we must, first, unhinge a conservative mindset. Many argue that the terms “liberal” and “conservative” do not readily lend themselves to discussions around our domestic politics, essentially because in the Nigerian case there are few values or principles worth conserving. And so, not much that a liberal mindset might rail…
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The Curse of Chief Festus, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...a bit like planting seeds ahead of the season, such tariffs end up diverting citizens' scarce resources into the pockets of “foresighted” entrepreneurs like Chief Festus, whose only claim to managerial savvy is that they either receive subsidies from government under the pretext of a national industrial policy, or have…
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There’s a Dialectic To Regression, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...if the tension between an ill-bred people and its poor leadership will not result in a new qualitatively higher state for Nigeria, is there a reason why the currently flawed qualitative state prevalent in the country today may not resolve itself into its lower quantitative tendencies? SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind…
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