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Replacing the radical left with arm-chair revolutionaries: A legacy of structural adjustment

ALL manner of “activists” crawl out of the woodworks to make vague, empty statements (and this isn’t to say they don’t have a right to criticize government’s performance) but one wonders where many of these new voices were when things truly started to fall apart. It’s easy for the middle-class to join the bandwagon and cry out in alarm over the insecurity and violence in Nigeria, the state of the economy, etc. But the reality is today’s armchair activists either did not have the intellectual depth to realise (and therefore oppose) Nigeria’s gradual shift from production to consumption, or they benefitted in no small measure from a said move which also came with state-sponsored benefits and patronage for a small elite.

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Buhari, India, Nigeria

We need to talk about inequality not just economic growth

According to the World Bank, the Nigerian economy has been “slipping” since 1995. Interestingly, a majority of newspapers chose the headline “Nigeria’s economy slips” which mischievously tells a vastly different story from the World Bank’s original submission. Recently, Bloomberg published an editorial telling President Muhammadu Buhari to focus on economic growth in his second term. That statement appears logical until one begins to question what sort of growth pundits refer to.

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Buhari, Atiku, PDP

The Next Level: Mass appreciation of progressive politics

ONE hears the often-repeated assertion that politics in our country is rarely if ever based on any real ideology. While this appears true on the surface, the just concluded 2019 Presidential election shows a seismic shift many are yet to reckon with. President Muhammadu Buhari won the 2015 elections with a margin of 2,571,759 votes and in 2019, he did so again with 3,928,869 votes, meaning an additional 1,357,110 more Nigerians decided to support him. Why? A new understanding of income inequality took centre stage, in a country where the increasing number of private jets was once mistaken for “evidence” the Nigerian economy was doing well.

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Delta

Does the West mean well for Nigeria?

OUR contemporary national life and politics is a continuation of a disastrous trend etched out during colonisation. Why was Africa colonised? The short answer: competition between European nations in the late nineteenth century, juxtaposed with economic depression in Europe. Europe needed both natural resources and markets for its products. For the avoidance of doubt, Africa wasn’t colonised because it was “inferior” or needed to become “civilised” through the “kind” efforts of its colonial masters.

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