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Moses, the Übermensch, and Populist Leaders, By Uddin Ifeanyi

In truth, there’s more to the concept of leadership than the populist narrative lets on. Especially in conditions as straitened as ours, the challenge before the “leader” is much more burdensome. True, there is a Mosaic quality to the kind of leadership that our economy needs at this time. But…
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How Much Of Our Output Numbers Is Government’s Doing?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...there’s a very strong case for insisting that the recovery in domestic output growth that we’re seeing in the country, today, is simply piggy-backing on better global oil prices. It is not, in other words, the consequence, yet, of anything the government has done. An ongoing conceit of the Buhari…
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Pictures and the Stories They Tell, By Uddin Ifeanyi

You could given our general predilections, the conduct of our delegate to the was inevitable. Probably. Still, the sleep-besotted part of that picture raised further questions. For one, “How do we appoint people into positions of authority?” Pictures tell a more compelling story — than plain words — we are…
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Venezuela: Democracy, Through The Military’s Looking Glass?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

The suffering of Venezuelans are real, and a quick fix to the country’s problem is Inviting the military as part of the solutions to these problems raises the important question of whether a democracy is better midwifed by a violent assault on the state, however, illegitimate that state is? The…
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Growing the Share of Revenue Government Collects As Taxes, By Uddin Ifeanyi

At 35 per cent, our company income tax rate is one of the highest in the world. But a slew of exemptions, waivers, and holidays meant that last year, the effective income tax paid by companies operating in the country was, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), just 6…
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Intervention Schemes and the Nigerian Poor, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Whatever their merits, none of these discussions (especially the new ones) around how best to structure poverty intervention programmes will make the grade in our space until we have solved the problem of who is a Nigerian! The “poor and vulnerable”! I doubt if there is a more clichéd phrase…
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The CBN Drops Its Benchmark Rate By 50bps, And So What?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...for an economy in the dire straits that ours is in, and in need of all the help it can get, opacity in its management is a borderline crime. Not just does it make planning by domestic entities impossible. It conceals the lack of competence of managers of the economy…
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