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Bala Usman and the Wal-Mart Takeover, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Radical lecturers such as the late Bala Usman and Mahmoud Tukur, Bjorn Beckman, Patrick Wilmot, Claude Ake, Okwudiba Nnoli, Akin Fadahunsi and Baba Omojola among others moulded my political upbringing. What we learnt was that our economy and society was not serving the interests of the masses or the majority…

The Pentecostelists and the Rest of Us, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Africa and Latin America have been transforming Christianity at the world level by the way in which they are generating the multiplication of Pentecostal churches and massively converting people to this “new” faith. The word new came to my mind because I have serious problems understanding the new Christian message,…

A Mirror Unto a Depraved Bohemian Class, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Title: A Quiet Revolutionary Author: Ibrahim Buhari Publisher: Kraft Books Date of Publication: 2012 Pages: 173    For this holiday season, my recommendation is to read this short and interesting novel by Ibrahim Buhari. It is a didactic and prescriptive book which is a formula that often produces a boring narrative but the author…

Taking Our Future Seriously, By Jibrin Ibrahim

President Goodluck Jonathan last Thursday announced to the world that Nigeria will not break up in 2015. He promised that we would remain one indivisible entity, which is very reassuring to all of us who love Nigeria. The President added that: “For those who are predicting that this country will…

Remoulding the Nigerian Party System, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week, two things happened that have the potential to significantly remould our party system for the better. The first is the recognition of the merger of some opposition parties into the APC and the second is the court judgement that INEC cannot re-register political parties. Both are very positive…

Rivers State and Political Recklessness, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week, former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar declared that the political crisis in Rivers State portends deleterious consequences for the country’s democracy. He stated this in Minna during an interview with members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger State chapter so it was not an off the…

Sixty Years Long March Towards Democracy, By Jibrin Ibrahim

This week, I share my reflections on Ahmadu Kurfi book “Sixty Years Long March Towards Democracy: Nigeria’s General Elections 1951 –2011” published by Safari Books, Ibadan. The book is a compendium that reviews all the twelve general elections we have had in Nigeria since 1951. Ahmadu Kurfi, Maradin Katsina, is…

Has Africa Arrived at the Era of the “Good Coups?” By Jibrin Ibrahim

The African Union, proud of its zero tolerance for coups on the continent, advertises this policy as part of what is termed shared democratic values, which all countries are expected to incorporate into a common set of constitutional convergence principles. These principles are expected to automatically elicit joint action when…

In Search of Civility on Matters Religious, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Nigeria is widely acknowledged to be one of the most religious countries in the world. We spend an enormous amount of time engaged in religious rituals such as prayers and the study of religious texts. We commit an incredible amount of our time and money to religious purposes and we…

Apropos Our Doubtful Religiosity, By Jibrin Ibrahim

This year, at least 1,627 Nigerians have been killed by other Nigerians. Some of the killing was done by security agencies and others by civilian militants (see Sunday Trust report, 12 May 2013). A lot of the killings used barbaric methods too gory to retell. It is obvious that there…