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‘Funmi’s Death And Our Sense Of Shame, By Uddin Ifeanyi

‘Funmi’s plaint, for a complaint it was, was that our society’s new ordering of its values was increasingly such that the former group of compatriots (with him at the vanguard) were increasingly made to look like incompetents. Like folk, indeed, who had but strayed into this space. “Won fe so…
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Does It Matter If We Are All In One Party?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...the challenge of domestic economic management is not to “move the nation’s supply curve to the right”, as an economist friend of mine is now minded to demand, but to make conditions in the market less conducive for saboteurs. Thus, ultimately, it really doesn’t matter what party we are all…
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Nigerian Youth and their Agenda for Change, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Yet, much of the local discourse has had what passes for millennials in Nigeria bemoaning how they have failed to replicate the dynamics that we have seen And there has been a sizeable contingent that would blame the incompetent organisation of the Nigerian state on the profusion of doddery old…
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Will Nigeria Survive the Death Of Big Oil?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Big oil, therefore might be witnessing its last hurrah. Oil-dependent economies like ours should worry. For while oil may have warped our internal workings, its abundance has helped hold together social organisations devoted solely to rent-seeking. Without a pivot towards saner husbandry of the economy, and away from oil, the…
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Reforming Central Banking in Nigeria, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...this tension between the economy’s need for growth, and the monetary authority’s responsibility for holding prices down, points to a major central banking reform requirement. Without question, my vote is for central bank independence. This way, we ensure that monetary policy is not in hock to the fiscal Today, the…
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A Shrinking Economy, Thinning Middle Class, and a Growing Underclass, By Uddin Ifeanyi

On one hand, the administration’s policies are destroying jobs. On the other, by supporting inflation, monetary policy regularly deeps its hands into the people’s pockets, apparently using the ill-gotten proceeds to support its exchange rate policy. Out on housekeeping chores Saturday, I’d barely gotten out of my vehicle at the…
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Waltzing Out of Recession Through Lower Consumer Prices, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...both functionaries of state may have been less than responsible in raising hopes prematurely. This is especially so, because even their reading of their preferred index, inflation, is tendentious. A perfunctory reading of the National Bureau of Statistics’ numbers for inflation would show that the outlook for domestic prices are…
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