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About Professor Bolaji Akinyemi

Bolaji Akinyemi is a Professor of Political Science. He obtained his doctorate degree from the prestigious Oxford University in 1969. He was an instructor in the Politics of the Developing Nations in the North Eastern University, Boston, Massachusetts; a Visiting Professor in African Studies at the DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana; a Visiting Professor of Political Science at the Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has taught as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Ibadan and by 1975, had become the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs- the nation’s foreign policy development and formulation centre...

As Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, he conceived of the idea of “Dialogue” to broaden the base of foreign policy consultation. He organised and presided over the following:- Nigerian – United States Dialogue (1978), Nigerian – Soviet Dialogue (1978), Nigerian – Chinese Dialogue (1979)...

Professor Bolaji Akinyemi


01 June 2017
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It was the first day of the year, January 1, 2014 – just some four days to Professor Bolaji Akinyemi’s 72 birthday. He had invited the quintet of President of the Guild of Editors, Femi Adesina, Editors of the Sunday titles of ThisDay (Tunde Rahman), The Nation (Festus Eriye), Sun (Alhaji Abdulfatah) and I for lunch. It was there that Akinyemi bared his mind on some very important national and in...
01 June 2017
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The leadership of the National Conference has rolled out a 49-member truce committee to harmonize positions on the heated issue of discarding the four quarter benchmark prescribed to reach decisions at the confab. The Deputy Chairman of the conference, Prof, Bolaji Akinyemi released the names of the members of the truce committee who cut across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
10 May 2017
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Despite the purported Transformation Agenda of the incumbent president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria is slipping into failure. Home-grown political pundits no longer dismiss as fairy tale the submission by their foreign counterparts that the Nigerian nation is on the brink of collapse. Wanton destruction of lives and properties, infrastructural rot, faltering economy, corruption and others are t...
03 May 2017
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Bolaji Akinyemi, former minister of external affairs, says an “unforgivable oversight” in the constitution is the reason Nigeria does not have the funds to fall back on in such a critical period. In a speech he delivered on Independence Day, the erudite scholar blamed the federal government for its poor saving culture. He said rather than blame past administrations, the government of President Mu...