Columns

COVID-19: As Nigeria Slowly Moves Into Lockdown Mode, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...at the same time that we are confronted with a devastating pandemic threatening our lives, we also have a large army of purveyors of fake news seeking to deceive us and distort the reality we are facing. Moving forward, the government must take proactive measures and decree a total lockdown…
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Columns

Bishop of Truro, Extremism and Religious Persecution in Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The general view of the workshop participants, in my understanding, was that the Bishop of Truro, by his terms of reference, worked from the answer to the question and therefore found what he was asked to look for. Many participants pointed out that there is indeed evidence of the targeting…
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Columns

The President and His Party: Are they Finally Awake?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Two-and-a-half years into a four-year tenure is a long time to decide who to appoint, and the question today is: Why are appointments back on the agenda, if indeed they are? Why did the president promise that this time: "By the Grace of God, these appointments will be announced soon.…
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Columns

Nigeria: Citizen’s Diplomacy and American Agendas, By Jibrin Ibrahim

For all of us as civic leaders, we felt bonded on the principle that Nigeria is greater together than in pieces and we should focus on consolidating democratic processes so that no one feels excluded or marginalised. Peace building is crucial as Nigeria is witnessing multiple challenges of violent conflicts…
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Opinion

Power With(out) Responsibility: Apologia to Lawmakers, By Sani Zorro

...except we agree on the jurisdiction of the legislature to balance lopsided spending proposals against geo-political priorities, socially-relevant projects as agriculture to guarantee food security, basic education as a human right, as well as investments in health to safeguard the right to life, we will continue to wobble and dissipate…
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Opinion

Osinbajo and the National Question, By Kingsley Moghalu

...mollifying platitudes and ex-cathedra declarations alone won’t do it. What will do it are the laws, policies and political and governance practices that will counter fissiparous tendencies in the court of public opinion and in the battle for hearts and minds. This is how democratic countries address, or ought to…
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Columns

No Need to Fight: Restructuring Is the Basis of Happiness, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the greatest concern to Nigerians is the search for an alternative approach to that would involve the rehabilitation of the concept of politics and of democracy, as we know it. For too long, the reality of Nigerian politics has been thuggery, violence, political exclusion, ethnic Very few people benefit from…
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Columns

The Igbo Question: Chidi Odinkalu’s Attempt at Political Demolition, By Jibrin Ibrahim

My column of last Monday on the “Igbo Question” has elicited very many responses, some negative and others positive, and that’s as it should be for such a topic that evokes strong emotive reactions from Nigerians. My objective was to provoke a discussion on how to discuss and hopefully address the…
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Columns

The Igbo Question: A Response to Jibrin Ibrahim, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Identity politics in Nigeria is very much alive, well and thriving. It’s an elite preoccupation. Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim is one of Nigeria’s most astute and reputable political scientists. He is a very able thought leader, civic activist and intellectual and an unlikely convert to the visceral world of Nigeria’s rent…
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