Bámidélé Upfront

COVID-19 Pandemic: Between Optimism and Denial, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The way the pandemic and its fallouts have been handled so far, shows that life and death decisions in the political arena are part of the executive's responsibility. Those who are supposed to rally the republic and be in a Churchillian mode are behaving as if this is a temporary…
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Opinion

Wining the Battle Against Coronavirus Through Global Cooperation, By Anne-Marie Trevelyan

As our prime minister, Boris Johnson, said at the conference today: “The race to discover the vaccine to defeat this virus is not a competition between countries, but the most urgent shared endeavour of our lifetimes. We are in this together and together we will win.” Right now, the fast…
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Opinion

“Mysterious” Deaths In Kano, Ganduje and Nigeria’s Leadership Crisis, By ‘Tope Oriola

It seems the Lagos State government is gradually passing its own test. Other state governments must rise to the occasion. To Governor Ganduje: Duty calls. Thou shall not live by dollars alone. The governor of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, is in the eye of the storm. Reports of purported “mysterious”…
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Opinion

Using Mathematics To Understand and Control the Coronavirus Pandemic, By Abba B. Gumel

By using rigorous mathematical analysis, coupled with data analytics to parameterise the models, the models can be used to first reproduce the observed trajectory of the disease (, the model can be validated by showing that it reasonably mimics the observed data, vis a vis the initial number of cases,…
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Opinion

Nigeria: Fight COVID-19 But Protect Journalists, By Esther Ikubaje

...the ongoing pandemic provides a rare opportunity to acknowledge the important work that journalists are doing to provide the society with vital information and to hold governments accountable to their commitments. On their part, the Nigerian authorities should ensure that critical voices of our journalists are not stifled by incessant…
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Opinion

Contracting COVID-19: The Impending Risk To Millions of Nigerians, By Sola Afolayan

It is projected that with a change from the current targeted testing approach and the availability of more testing kits and centres, the number of confirmed cases will not only go sky-high in Nigeria, so would the causalities. Unfortunately, the longer this takes to happen, the slimmer the opportunity to…
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Columns

COVID-19: The Wicked State, Kano and the Age of Citizen Action, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the lesson is that governments around the world are not really interested in saving the people from the pandemic, the core objective they have is to pretend that they are. The salvation for the people lies in engaging in citizen action to cajole, fight, expose and shame them into action…
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