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Benjamin Franklin effect: The simplest way to choose our leaders

If I may say so myself, this article received a universal acclaim from Nigerians. I received enthusiastic approval and favourable comments from across the country and from outside of it.  Following is a selection from the torrents of reactions to the piece; taken from both the 2011 and 2014 versions.

Ibraheem,
Thank you very much for today’s piece.  It has enriched me considerably; particularly, on the issue of prayers for our leadership.  We are at a crossroad on this between our Islamic beliefs for prayers for our leaders so that God will guide them and your postulations that it doesn’t work that way. May be you should add a caveat that it doesn’t work in Nigeria. I always read your ‘Prof Brainy’ columns every Saturday and it has always made my day.
Thank you,
Gen Danladi M. Zakari

Salam Ibraheem,
Just reading your article on Sahara Reporter.  Honestly, I was proud to be associated with Islam when I read it and also was proud of your methodologies, research work and intuitive analysis.  I feel you should send a copy of this work to newspapers like TELL and The News for publications.
This is exceptional. Hope we can discuss more on issues like this. I wish you Allah’s guidance in all you do.
Warm Regards, Kunle

Good day.  Please there was particular article you wrote as regards the implication of praying for our leaders. In that article you made reference to ahadith of the Prophet (S.A.W).  Please, for Allah’s sake forward it to me. I want to print it for future reference. But unfortunately I couldn’t find it on [online] again. Once again, please I’m looking forward to receiving it.
Lukman Olateju

Ibraheem,
Thank you for that piece. It was very illuminating. I have been wondering all these years why Nigerians continue to pray for their leaders, even as these people continue to rob them blind. They send their children to expensive schools overseas, are treated in the best hospitals, etc. while the ordinary child is sitting on a piece of wood in a mud hut called classroom. Now I can say I am better informed. That is why I keep saying give me Buhari any day and I will vote for him. As chair of PTF, he worked for the people but Nigerians want to suffer so they do not want to vote him, preferring to cast him as a religious fanatic. As a self-professed Christian, I will vote for Buhari any day. He showed his love for the people.
Ityokumbul

Assalaam alaikum dear brother.  Well done!
 Thank you for your wonderful piece: Benjamin Franklin Effect: The Simplest Way to Choose Our Leaders.   I have read it and saved it (from Sahara Reporters), for it is one of the rare kinds of articles that deserve to be stored. I am most impressed with both its content and style, and I dare say, I am a hard-to-impress kind of person.
I think we can learn from (and share with) each other.  Once again, well done.  Hope to hear from you.
 Zulfikar Aliyu, UK.

This is quite impressive. I’m speechless, what a thought!
Mukhtar

This is by far the BEST article I’ve read on SR. Very deep indeed and devoid of the usual partisan trash people post here. This paper should be reproduced every month for the rest of this year!
From the opening sentence I knew I had stumbled onto something major, and I’m glad that an erudite mind of this calibre is one of ours, a brother!
Wahala

This article is excellent. Too good to be ignored. In fact, I’m filing away for future referencing. That Franklin thing, I need to put it to use straight away. A new light to my giving and prayers. If only 9ja will learn and apply this. Keep it up guy, this way you will write your name in gold.
Elsunnyl

Hi,
Thanks for that treatise. It is the most researched and balanced article I have read in a very long time in a Nigerian medium.  Also profound are some shocking rejoinders I read on the SR website! I only urge you not to be detracted by those comments.
We need more of your kind on this rough road of nation building.
All the best, Chris Auta.

This, I have to say, is the most informative, educative, challenging, encouraging and soul searching piece I have ever read on SR.  Thank you very much for this write up and may Almighty God Bless you
Ngutor Ihyuman

This is an interesting write up, I encourage all to read it; it is an application of research to reality.
Dr. Ishaq Oyefolahan

Etsu Ibraheem, more grease to your elbows and more keyboards to your computer.  This is really something that’s worth reading and digesting.
Dr. Mohammed Abdulkarim

Dooba, you are a “wayo man” intellectual. I combined the two because you took us through a long literature and you proved the claim at the end. But, mind you, not everybody can see. Regarding the long literature, I personally experiment with it, though unconsciously, but when you were analyzing the theory I could not help but to agree strongly with it, in addition to the quotes from the Qur’an and Sunnah. May those who care to see and reason subject this intellectual brief to scrutiny and act accordingly for our collective wellbeing as Nigerians.
Regards, Muhammad

Nice to read a simple but intellectual article from a Nigerian brother from the Islamic faith. I really do hope to read more from you and that you work will be read by more Nigerians (especially youths from the North). It’s time for us to think outside the box to deliberate upon and find solutions for our nation-building challenges.
Bobby Udoh

Assalamu alaika, sir.   I have read your piece and it is very interesting, please keep it up. Please I need more clarification on why our leaders are cheating us, because I am confused on that Yale experiment. Thank you.
Response: Thank you for your mail, Mal Haruna.  Our leaders are cheating us because they believe we deserve to be cheated.  If they were helping us, they would equally think we deserve to be served.  According to Cognitive Dissonance Theory, whatever we do (good or bad) we find ways to justify.

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