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From “Comrade” to “Come Raid”, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Forward back in time. And that news report was of one of the more intellectually exciting of that gang. And his metamorphosis but a metaphor for the journey most of me fellow travellers have completed over the last thirty years. From passionate “comrade” to vicious “come raid” proponents, nearly all…
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On the Partial Ban On “Okadas” and Motorised Rickshaws In Lagos State, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Conceptually, the conversation around the ban involves another error. The “masses” – on behalf of which this culture war is presently waged – are nought but a convenient stalking horse. Always argued as if the concept were a blank canvas, it allows different agglomerations of interests to project unto it…
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To What End the Central Bank’s New Cash Reserve Ratio?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

If squeezing economic balloons to address the build up of flatulence in certain parts of it is nearly always as unrewarding as when one tries to do the same with a latex balloon, there are few sights as ugly as when policy making begins to look as unsightly as a…
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Rethinking Monetary Policy, By Uddin Ifeanyi

How much of the conversation, going forward, will benefit from the fact that the deputy governor nominee is uncommonly qualified for the function? For too long the banking sub-sector of the financial services landscape has been tapped for central bank talent. The recent nomination of a new deputy governor-designate for…
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We Do Need A New Regulatory Infrastructure?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...why not deploy consequence management principles in our regulatory space? It would (and which is a welcome thing) force regulators down from their current Olympian heights, where most seem oblivious of the needs of the industries they supervise, and more alert to the sensitivities of any government in power. While…
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Each and Every One of Us Against the State, By Uddin Ifeanyi

But do journalists deserve to ride G-Wagons too? Or put differently, there's no reason why journalists’ instincts for self-preservation should be less well-honed than those of bankers. At the heart of much of what ails our nation is this penchant for individuals to assess what each can prise out of…
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For Our Today, We May Have Already Taken Their Tomorrow, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...the biggest question will remain, nonetheless, whether anyone believes that the boost to the domestic economy’s earnings potential from the incumbent administration’s debt splurge will be enough to meet our future debt service costs. I have my doubts! As 2019 draws to the end, the one claim we cannot continue…
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Not A Political Nor An Economic Problem, How Do Our Social Values Hold Up?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...Nigeria, as a development challenge, is a social conversation. Put this way, our values, the very material that our “context” comprises, are of a vintage described by one of the more arresting titles off Nkem Nwankwo ― his 1975 My Mercedes Is Bigger Than Yours! Leadership. Judging by the roll-call…
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Autocrats, Fifth Columnists, and Cracked Walls, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...far more important is the threat posed by the dysfunctional nature of the Buhari administration. And this is where those who would pillory the PUNCH newspapers need pause for breath. For the threat in this case is not so much from the administration. But from the ease with which fifth…
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