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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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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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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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On “Common Law” and the Imperative of Punishing Our Top Lawyers, By Jibrin Ibrahim

This weekend, former governor of Bayelsa State, DSP Alamiesieigha returned to his maker. He would be remembered for many things including jumping bail in the United Kingdom after being arrested for money laundering to return home to his safe country Nigeria where he had no fear of the law. According…
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Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Crusade Must Go Together, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Over the past five days, my good friend, Bishop Mathew Kukah has been subjected to widespread criticisms and attacks for allegedly calling on President Buhari to focus on governance rather than the pursuit of the Jonathan regime for corruption. I have been unable to find exactly what Bishop Kukah said…
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Scuttling the Elections: Plan C, D and….? By Jibrin Ibrahim   

What is clear to all serious analysts is that certain powers within the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party circles are very frightened about the likely outcome of the presidential elections. That fear has been expressed in the enormous pressure brought to bear upon INEC to postpone the elections. It has also…
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Elections and the Abuse of the Powers of Incumbency By Jibrin Ibrahim

On Wednesday, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, issued a press statement about the case instituted by his ministry seeking to stop INEC using the permanent Voter cards (PVCs) for the forthcoming elections. It was ‘Sahara Reporters’, the online publication that blew the…
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Scenario Building on the Postponement of the Elections, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On Saturday, I was part of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room that met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his 12 National Commissioners. We were informed about the receipt of a letter from the security services advising that INEC postpones the general elections on the…
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