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The Malian Crisis: West Africa and the Hegemons, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The Malian crisis has since January 2012 been on the African front-burner because of the shock waves it created around the issue of declining African capacities to address internal problems. It took the intervention of the French to reverse the loss of the territorial integrity of the country and the…

El-Rufai, Twitter and National Security, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week was very busy and intense in the political arena and one of the highlights of the week was the celebrated invitation of Nasir El-Rufai for a chat with the SSS. It was a bad move by the State Security Service and a deviation from their transformation agenda, which…

Heating Up the Polity, By Jibrin Ibrahim

As the march towards the general elections next year progresses, the political temperature has been heating up at an incredible pace. Maybe in an effort to replace hate-waves with love, INEC has just announced that the presidential elections will take place on St Valentine’s Day next year. As the date…

Lenin, the Cubans, Revolutionary Strategy and the Mosquito, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The time has come and it is happening, the Cubans are finally bringing the revolution to Africa. To succeed however, the Cubans had to change the revolutionary strategy from the elimination of the bourgeoisie to a more prosaic, but certainly more beneficial objective of the elimination of the mosquitos so…

Enlightened Self Interest and the Leadership Question, By Jibrin Ibrahim

What Nigeria has lacked in its recent history is a leadership with a vision and a sense of enlightened self-interest. The idea of enlightened self-interest is simple, by serving the common good of society, the leadership serves their own interest of getting legitimacy, respect and even the material gains they…

The Centenary of the Amalgamation that Never Was, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In the years leading to the centenary of amalgamation, there has been a lot of writing, especially on the Internet that amalgamation was an experiment to be tried for one hundred years and that legally, that experiment would end on first January 2014. Many of the writings referred to a…

Joy, Periwinkles and Christmas in Calabar, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Spending Christmas in Calabar is a thing of Joy. From first December each year, the whole city begins to party with the celebration reaching its zenith with the carnival on 27th December. And the parties continue in the streets up till the New Year. Calabar is pleasing for many reasons.…

Differentiating APC from the PDP, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Increasingly, the APC is asserting itself as the game changer in Nigerian politics. It has shown that it is possible to coalesce a huge opposition movement from disparate and apparently antithetical political parties. It have been able to create a huge rift in the ruling party and swallow many of…

Obasanjo’s Love Letter to Jonathan: Learning from Our Former President, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Since Premium Times broke the story of General Obasanjo’s letter to President Jonathan, a debate has been raging on his intentions. Is it a letter written out of love for Nigeria, which is suffering life-threatening challenges? Or is it a letter written out of spite for a President he made…

Mandela’s associate calls for investment in “memories”

With the demise of Mandela, keeping memory alive is fundamental to the task of ensuring that the mistakes and the misdeeds of the past are not repeated. These were the words of Dennis Goldberg at the Kukah Centre seminar on Sunday on the theme – “Healing the Nation: Why Memory…

Our Mandela and Our Future: These Terrible Oppositionists, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Mandela, our Mandela is the first individual to become a truly global brand without opposition and dissenting views. We all love him with a passion. At the epistemological level, what is important about the Mandela brand is not our individual values, beliefs and practices but how we can improve our…

Cautionary Appeal On Opposition Wish List, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Some years ago, as ASUU militants, we frequently lamented the fact that Nigeria had never been ruled by someone who had been through the four walls of a university. We linked the lack of commitment of the leadership to maintaining and improving the university system to their lack of understanding…

The Conference, the Sovereign and the Ethnic: Historical Signposts, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On the 20th November, some of us were invited by the Presidential Committee on the National Conference or Dialogue to share perspectives on their work. I used the occasion to draw attention to historical signposts and theoretical perspectives that have coloured the Nigerian debate and become political booby traps. The…

Baba Omojola: Son of Marx, Son of Ifa, Life of Struggle and Service, By Jubrin Ibrahim

This weekend was the burial of our dear Comrade BABA Oluwide Omojola who died on October 19th at the age of 75. His demise in Akure occurred the morning after he addressed the Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference. Baba was to me a mentor, teacher, comrade and friend…

Dangers of a Partisan Nigerian Police, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Power is deceitful and often, people in power think they can do anything they want to do. It was the French philosopher, Rousseau, who warned that even the strongest is not strong enough to remain master except if they can turn force into law and obedience into duty. We live…

APC and the Challenge of Improving Political Parties, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last Tuesday, major leaders of the opposition, the APC and the G-7 group of estranged PDP governors converged in Sokoto ostensibly for the inauguration of the Sokoto State University. The key item on the agenda however had nothing to do with tertiary education; the focus was the consolidation of the…

The Norms for Civil-Military Relations in Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week, I participated in the interactive session on civil-military relations at the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army in Ibadan. The programme was organised by the new civil military department of the army under the command of Major General Bola Koleosho. The purpose was to promote cordial civil military…

Conversation with my ASUU Comrades [II], By Jibrin Ibrahim

In my column last week, I called for a broader strategy by ASUU including taking the National Assembly more seriously as an Institution that can help meet some of their demands. In his response, Mohammed Husain wrote on my Facebook wall that: "Had the ANC, followed such an advice to…

Conversation With My ASUU Comrades: Let’s Get Real, By Jibrin Ibrahim

This is a difficult conversation for me given my history of active engagement in ASUU, especially during its formative years. My comments might be dismissed as the words of an ASUU renegade. To attempt to prevent this this type of response, let me start with my CV. As a young…

Engaging the National Dialogue Process, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Today, President Goodluck Jonathan will inaugurate his 13-member Advisory Committee for National Dialogue. In his 2013 Independence Speech to the Nation, he had reminded Nigerians that the 53rd anniversary is unique because it is the last one before we mark our centenary. On January 1, 2014, Nigeria will be 100…

Nigeria at 53, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Tomorrow would be our 53rd independence anniversary and a lot of us would be asking ourselves what really we would be celebrating. For the last two anniversaries, official ceremonies were not even organised.  Officialdom has been too frightened of attacks by insurgents to celebrate. We all recall that it was…

The National Conference Finally Arrives, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week, the President of the Senate, David Mark made a call for a national Conference. He made the call while welcoming his colleagues from their long holidays. President Goodluck Jonathan himself had recently declared that his Government is not against the convening of a national conference. He was responding…

Deepening Democracy: Jega and the Collateral Damage of a Transforming Polity, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The level of political tension in the country is extremely high because for the first time in the history of the Fourth Republic, there are significant events and processes that are becoming game changers in the political process. The first issue is the declining capacity of the President to impose…

Nigeria and the Legacy of the Military, By Jibrin Ibrahim,

Book Review - Soldiers of Fortune: Nigerian Politics From Buhari to Babangida (1983 to 1993), Author – Max Siollun, Publisher – Cassava Republic, Abuja, Date – 2013, 14 chapters with appendices containing speeches, lists of regime members and coup convicts, bibliography, index, 336 pages   The Nigerian State today is…

Turmoil or Sanity in the Party System, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In my column of 5th August, I had argued that the party system in Nigeria was being remoulded and indications were that we were moving towards a simple two-party system. The reason was of course the recognition of the merger of some opposition parties into the APC and the second…