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Which Matters Most: The Way The Police Writes Or Thinks?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...our need is for a rules-based system with an incentive structure that drives cutting edge performance. It is the only way we can promote and sustain productivity-enhancing reforms to the polity. It is, also, the only way that the structure which put out the police’s statement on the DSS/National Assembly…
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Why I Am Unable To Defect, By Uddin Ifeanyi

It matters therefore that we ask the question: “Are our political leaders’ actions and expressions sufficiently capturing sentiments in their political constituencies?” The sub-themes to this question should have us wonder whether our politicos should be shaping these sentiments, or how much should these sentiments shape both our politicos’ In…
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Farmers, Herders, Policemen, Lawyers, and Judges, By Uddin Ifeanyi

But how easy is it for a country to address these strategic challenges that otherwise has balked at carrying out the more quotidian reforms to its criminal justice system — especially given that without a half decent police force and law courts, we cannot address the examples of impunity that…
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The Main Obstacle To Nigeria’s Development, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Against the backdrop provided by what the “gig economy” is doing elsewhere, the bigger threat to our country could be described in terms of the dearth of innovative capacity that numbers this miserly portend. There is a consensus around how the oil economy was responsible for, and has continued to…
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Imports, International Trade, and David Ricardo, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Extrapolate this Ricardian insight to industries and economies, and it is obvious that neither trade nor imports are the problems with underperforming economies. At the margins, arguments may be made for identifying and supporting champions in an economy, and then protecting these from competitors. Listening to the chatter on social…
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Chief Awolowo, the CBN, the Ill-Starred N100 Note, By Uddin Ifeanyi

This, alas, has nothing to do with Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Instead, it has everything to do with clangers being dropped at the apex bank. In fact, it is arguable that by leaving our currencies in the abysmal state that they currently are, the CBN brings into some disrepute the persons…
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Cynical Governance As the Source of Fake News, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Unable to find a forward gear, the Buhari government has had to explain its stasis through dynamic narratives. This, alas, is the fountainhead of the growing penchant on the part of both sides of the argument for and against the administration for deploying fake news in aid of their respective…
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The Naira’s Exchange Rate And Our Trade Numbers, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Prices are a useful signal of the direction the markets are heading. By keeping any price artificially low (or high), the authorities do not just distort market responses, they deny to themselves the chance to feel the pulse, in real time, of the economy. Not surprisingly, their preferred nostrums will…
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Of Strongmen, Public Holidays, Democracy’s Institutions, By Uddin Ifeanyi

President Buhari may have rectified a “historical wrong”. (The post-announcement debate is massively in support of this reading). But our democracy is stronger the more it relies on institutions rather than on the whims of hopefully well-intentioned leaders. Sometime in January 2013, The Gambia’s then president, Yahya Jammeh, lopped Friday…
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