Promoting Good Governance.

Is terrorism here for the long haul?

By Ayodele AKINKUOTU GENERAL Tukur Yusuf Buratai, chief of army staff, is likely to answer the above question in the affirmative. That is considering his explanations in a recent interview with the Cable, an online newspaper. The…
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If Britain could exit Europe…

By Bola BOLAWOLE IF Britain could exit Europe, as it did close to the midnight of 31st January 2020; if Eritrea could exit Ethiopia; if Southern Sudan could exit Sudan, then, there is nothing that says nations cannot exit nations. To say…
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Shrinking rivers, wilting lives

 In the first of a two-part report, our correspondent Terkula IGIDI travels across Nigeria to find out how Nigeria’s drying up rivers have caused fish species to disappear, while fishermen and their families suffer SEVENTY-two-year-old…
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How to spot a fascist

By Abdul MAHMUD IF the Savoyard philosopher, Joseph de Maistre, lent himself as the philosophical inspirator of fascists, Mussolini remains the poster-boy of an ideology that appeals to dirty men and women, who crave power to wreak…
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OPINION: The open society endangered

(Being a talk delivered at the UN World Anti-Corruption Day, Abuja, Dec. 9. 2019)                By Wole SOYINKA PRESENT here, I fully expect, is the Youth contingent of this undertaking. We are still within the United Nations…
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Recalling Tai Solarin’s prediction

By Edwin MADUNAGU NIGERIA'S 2019 elections, particularly the recent governorship contests in Kogi and Bayelsa states, have forcefully brought back a prediction which the late Tai Solarin made about 40 years ago in the aftermath of the…
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The economy of loss

By Abdul Mahmud Reading Homer’s epic poem, ‘The Iliad’, in my Advanced Level class many years ago, I was confronted with the human condition. The evil that men do, evil that withers good and destroys humanity, so easily recognizable in…
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Why the blind beg in Nigeria

By Gbenga OGUNDARE NIGERIA’s ineffective inclusive education policy, aggravated by widespread fraud and infrastructure dearth, is driving more of its blind population to beg for a living A quick fact-check: Presenting the 2019 budget…
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Of cancers and media reportage

By Wole SOYINKA HERE we go again! I have not seen the final presentation of a BBC feature programme on Health Awareness in which my 2014 experience with cancer was featured, but have been bombarded by narratives of the most disquieting…
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Anxiety brews in Bayelsa   

From: Jennifer UGWA and Olugbenga ADANIKIN (Reporting from Yenagoa) THERE is rising tension in Bayelsa State ahead of Saturday – November 16 Governorship election scheduled to hold in eight local government areas (LGAs) of the state.…
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Confession of Yahoo Plus boys

IN their desperation to join the ranks of their compatriots who have been making millions of dollars out of online-scams, young Nigeria- based wannabe scammers known as ‘yahoo boys’ are resorting to the use of traditional charms and…
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Asaba massacre: A note of warning

By Cheta NWANZE THERE is an Igbo saying about when you wake up is your morning. It simply means that it is never too late to start. This is, in my view, a good thing as it engenders an attitude that does not allow people to give up on…
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OPINION: On journalism and patriotism

By Simon Kolawole WHAT is patriotism? The definition should be fairly straightforward: loving your country. One of my favourite all-time tunes is the 1988 song, “Nation and the People”, by The Mandators, with the refrain: “Love your…
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OPINION: Like Buhari, I love cartoons!

By BOLA Bolawole RENO Omokri, one of the most virulent and partisan – even if forthright – critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, his administration and party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), took the president to the cleaners on…
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OPINION: Who will take over in Nigeria?

By Cheta Nwanze GEOPOLITICS is the study of the effects of geography on politics and human relations, mainly the relationships between nations. To most people, the word “nation” refers to countries, but the study of geopolitics may also…
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Preliminary notes on #RevolutionNow

By Edwin MADUNAGU For the Nigerian Left, the strongest lesson of what may now be called Nigeria’s #RevolutionNow—that is, the August 5 mass protests organized by some young fragments of the movement—may be formulated as a warning: If…
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As Audu Ogbeh takes the backseat

By Eric TENIOLA WHEN President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, submitted his list of Ministers to the Senate on July 23, the name of Chief Audu Innocent Ogbeh (72) was missing. He was one of the few Ministers who was not re-nominated by the…
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Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari

Dear President and General Buhari, I AM constrained to write to you this open letter. I decided to make it an open letter because the issue is very weighty and must be greatly worrisome to all concerned Nigerians and that means all…
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The Nduka Obaigbena phenomenon

By Simon Kolawole I RECOLLECT vividly as if it happened yesterday — the day I first had a one-on-one with Mr Nduka Obaigbena, editor-in-chief and chairman of THISDAY Newspapers. I had heard so much about him, the good and the bad, and I…
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Court Jails eight internet fraudsters

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, July 11, 2019, secured the conviction and sentencing of four internet fraudsters, Shotayo Ahmed, Ale Olugbenga Abraham, Preye Kinsley and Akintoye Toluwalope for possession of…
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On Ruga and Fulanisation

By Simon Kolawole I WANT this on record: I am opposed to the ruga racket. And my misgivings have nothing to do with the conspiracy theories on Islamisation and Fulanisation. I call it a “racket” because that is exactly what it is. I…
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Water Nigerians deserve

WATER is crucial for human existence. An adequate supply of clean water is one of the most basic human needs. 663 million people in the world live without clean water that’s nearly 1 in 9 people worldwide, yet two-thirds of the surface of…
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CAN re-elects Ayokunle as president

THE President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, has been re-elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). The result was announced on Tuesday by Bishop Matthew Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese…
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A Democracy Day primer – I

By Wole Soyinka This year’s recall of an uplifting day in the year 1993 comes up against a background of its most shameful disavowal: the 2019 elections – still under judicial contestation – an event that would be more accurately described…
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23 people newly killed in Zamfara

Nigerian police in Zamfara has confirmed the killing of 23 persons in Tunga and Kabaje villages, Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area by suspected bandits on Tuesday.  Muhammed Shehu, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, informed…
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To Ganiat Fawehinmi at 70

By Babafemi Ojudu HE was in court that day on one of his many legal crusades against the government of General Ibrahim Babangida. It was 1990. From the court premises, he was snatched by the hordes of security men who had come to take him…
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Talkin’ about a revolution

By Simon KOLAWOLE I ALWAYS hesitate to use the “R” word because I don’t understand how it really works, but a lot of Nigerians have been talking about “revolution” for a while. They say Nigeria will experience a revolution at a point in…
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Dressing Iran for barbecue

By Owei LAKEMFA IT was Sunday, May 12, near the port of Fujairah, in the Gulf of Oman, United Arab Emirate (UAE). Four commercial ships were bombed. Two of them, Amjad and Al Marzoqah are tankers owned by Saudi Arabia; the third, A.…
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Buhari, Tonto Dikeh and other stories

By Reuben Abati “THANK God President Buhari is back in the country. I feel some kind of relief.” “What is your own? Are you his son? And what is wrong in a man taking some time off work and returning 10 days later.” “But you will agree…
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Of detentions without trial

By Simon Kolawole A week ago, Mr Femi Falana, the human rights lawyer, raised the alarm that the Nigerian Navy had been holding 15 Nigerian citizens captive without trial since September 2018. Worse still, one of them got a court order to…
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Arguments in the Nigerian Left

By Edwin Madunagu THE 2019 general elections provoked undeclared and unstructured discussions and debates in the Nigerian Left. Of the various themes that can be articulated from these animated exchanges of opinions—some of which are…
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Nigeria and the hegemony of ideology

By Simon Kolawole WE marked the World Water Day on March 22 with a damning statistic: over 60 million Nigerians do not have access to safe drinking water. In simpler English, they get their water from unhealthy sources, such as streams and…
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Lessons of Nigeria’s elections 2019

By Edwin MADUNAGU THE lessons of Nigeria’s Elections 2019 to which I  refer here are not abstract lessons-in-general or lessons-for-all-time, but concrete lessons that emerged for the use of political forces on the Nigerian Left that see…
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An aerial view of 2019 polls

By Simon Kolawole WITH the exception of Rivers state — where former friends are at war — governorship elections have been concluded across Nigeria on the not-so-unfamiliar note: the good, the bad and the ugly. As typical of Nigerian…
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How to end rigging in Nigeria

By Simon Kolawole Let us perform an experiment. Let us make a Super Law that says if you are an elected public officer at any level of government, you must enrol all your children in public schools. You cannot send your children to private…
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Boko Haram terrorism in context

By Timothy Antigha In the last couple of years, there have been so many commentaries about Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency in the Lake Chad basin. A lot of these efforts have focused on the causality of the conflict on the one hand and…
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For Pius Adesanmi, for Nigeria!

By Chido Onumah PIUS Adesanmi, Carleton University’s Professor of literature and African studies who died in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash near the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia, on Sunday, March 10, was a consummate intellectual…
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Nigerian writers mourn Pius Adesanmi

THE community of Nigerian writers, scholars and journalists announces with great shock and sadness the sudden and painful passing of our friend, colleague and brother, Professor Pius Adesanmi who was aboard the Ethiopia Airlines Airbus 737…
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Of things we think, say or do

Wale OLAJIDE THE five senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing constitute the windows through which, as human beings, we access the world around us, what it contains, how those things which it contains are arranged and what they…
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Presidential poll: A post-mortem

By Simon Kolawole SINCE I have been old enough to follow presidential elections in Nigeria, I have to admit that I have never experienced the kind of gloomy mood that hit some sections of the country after the declaration of Presidential…
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Longevity and its loose logic

By Wale OLAJIDE. WITH a more serious and stiff academic effort, I have argued publicly why it is not necessary at all to be born and why being born is always harmful. Besides I have also argued that being born is essentially first a…
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Going forward or backward?

By Simon Kolawole THE conduct of the 2019 general election has, expectedly, become the subject of heated discussions and debates everywhere — offices, schools, homes, newspaper vendor stands and social media. Predictably, supporters of…
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An election of tears, sorrow and blood

By Fredrick Nwabufo He woke up to a bright and sunny morning. It is an important day; a time to do his bounden duty to his country. Nothing betokened that it will be his final rite to this “shrine”. Instead of taking his vote, it took his…
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War over Kaduna killings

By Ahmad Salkida EVEN while in the grave, the dead in Kaduna rarely find the luxury of resting in peace. Years ago, after over 300 Shiite Muslims, including women and children were extra-judicially murdered by the Nigerian Military in…
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INEC’s bolt from the blue

By Simon Kolawole WHEN your wife is pregnant and gives birth at the end of nine months, you cannot claim you were caught unawares and so you couldn’t buy items for baby delivery ahead of time. Since 2015, we had known that we were going to…
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The choice before Nigeria…2

By Olusegun Adeniyi THAT both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the court can now hold political parties to account in the manner they nominate their candidates may not seem like progress to some people. But what…
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Buhari vs Atiku: Matters that matter

By Simon Kolawole WHEN Globacom, the Nigerian telecommunications giant, unveiled Anthony Joshua as its brand ambassador a couple of weeks ago, something delighted me. Even though I know that the world heavyweight boxing champion is…
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Oby Ezekwesili: The joys of sacrifice

By Pius Adesanmi LET me quickly get a few things out of the way before I proceed with my reflections. If you are one of those abusing, insulting, rubbishing, ridiculing, and mocking Oby Ezekwesili, take a piece of paper, jot down these…
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No retreat, no surrender

By Simon Kolawole BEFORE every election in Nigeria, there is always always always something stirring up emotions, inflaming passion and pushing us, as it were, to the precipice. We are never starved of tension. The polity is always sharply…
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Buhari and the enemies of Nigeria

By Ikechukwu Amaechi “WE have been sinking into crisis, yet we hear no clear summons from the centre of power.” Ted Kennedy said this in November 1979 in describing the administration of fellow Democrat, United States President Jimmy…
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The blind In the North need help

By Tajudeen Suleiman He stood up as soon as the Friday prayer ended at a Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja Central Mosque. Clutching a walking stick and a braille hand frame, the teenager announced his mission to the congregation. He was a student of…
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Onnoghen in the den of the Lions

By ‘Fisayo Soyombo THERE is nothing heartwarming about the expected arraignment, later today, of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on a six-count charge bordering on fraudulent asset…
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Maurice Fangnon: A radical on trial

By Anthony Akaeze I met him six times, between 2017 and 2018, three of which were in the most unlikely place-court. Well, unlikely, for someone unfamiliar with him. Truth is, anyone who knows Maurice Fangnon well, who follows his work or…
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What is the logo of your Benz?

By ‘Fisayo Soyombo THOSE who believe in God know that there are times He uses the unworthy vessel to work wonders. One was Moses the stammerer, who considered himself unqualified but was nevertheless picked to lead the Israelites to the…
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Let there be jobs!

By Simon Kolawole FIVE weeks ago in Lagos, I attended an event that officially announced the entry of world’s number one outdoor advertising company, JCDecaux, into the Nigerian market in partnership with Grace Lake Partners, a Nigerian…
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Appraising the Police Reform Bill 2018

By Abdul Mahmud and Okechukwu Nwanguma SPEAKING recently at the Dialogue Session organized by the Abuja-based Policy and Legal Advocacy Center (PLAC) on the 'Bill for an Act to Repeal the Police Act and Enact the Police Reform and other…
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Ingredients for a credible election

By Simon Kolawole ON Friday, a little-known civil society group, Zamfara Unity Forum, issued a press statement raising the alarm that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was trying to interfere in the 2019 governorship…
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The lady is not for turning

By Omolade Adunbi Nigeria's former finance minister wrote a book about her time in government. It is a thinly veiled attempt to clean up her image. NGOZI Okonjo-Iweala served as Nigeria’s finance minister twice since its return…
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Handshake across history?

By Wole SOYINKA LET us begin with some collective introspection. I have become increasingly convinced that, between leadership and the led, there is only a very thin dividing line, often nearly indistinguishable. There is no question in my…
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Atiku, Buhari and 2019 Fantasy Island

By Olusegun ADENIYI EVERY election season in countries well-governed, citizens expect that the policy documents of the leading candidates will contain not only promises but also what would come from their pockets to fund such plans. That…
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Labour Suspends nationwide strike

THE planned nationwide strike by the labour unions over a new minimum wage has been shelved for now. The strike was scheduled to start on Tuesday with immediate effect after Labour leaders, government representatives and organised private…
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The Saudi Monarch needs evaluation

By Owei LAKEMFA THE outrage against Saudi Arabia over last week Tuesday’s disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Saudi journalist within the precincts of its embassy in Turkey, is just the latest expression of international…
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Top 10 promises made by Atiku

By Theophilus ABBAH FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar made many promises to Nigerians during his campaign for this ticket. Last weekend, he got the ticket of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to contest the 2019 presidential…
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Ayonmike, Handel and the African

By Owei LAKEMFA I received a phone call on September 16, 2015, from someone who turned out to be Joe Ayonmike. He was commenting on my article of that day titled “Britain at Sunset” He said he usually picked a thing or two from my columns,…
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The scariest thing about Nigeria

By Simon KOLAWOLE WE see different things even when we are looking at the same picture. When CBN asked MTN to return the $8.1 billion dividends it “illegally” repatriated between 2007 and 2015, I was not thinking about MTN or CBN. Rather,…
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National service and matters arising

By Simon KOLAWOLE IFnot that we politicise everything in Nigeria, the Kemi Adeosun saga should provoke a genuine public debate on reforming the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). The constitution and other laws are supposed to be living,…
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The Kemi Adeosun NYSC saga

By Joe ABAH I have been meaning to do a thread on Kemi Adeosun for a while now, as I considered her to be the most reform-minded Minister in the current government. We will get to that later but let’s first deal with the NYSC saga that led…
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The Nigerian Federation vs MTN

By Simon Kolawole DOES the federal government want to chase foreign investors away from Nigeria? This is one of most frequently asked questions since the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) asked MTN to refund the $8.1 billion it repatriated as…
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The African Road to China

 By Owei LAKEMFA THE African leader's journey to Beijing, for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) holding from September 3-4, 2018, actually began fifty-three years ago. That was at the infancy of our independence. In 1960…
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The truth is no defence

 By Owei LAKEMFA WHEN I read the Interim Investigation Report of Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, NPM, mni to acting president Yemi Osinbajo on the August 7 invasion of the National Assembly by the Department of State…
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Killing small businesses softly

By Simon Kolawole SOME years ago, I was at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, for a public lecture. An obviously popular lecturer was invited to the podium to make his contributions. Students went gaga, screaming his…
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Trying to make some sense of the world

By Owei LAKEMFA AMERICAN, Richard Russell, 29, was what you could call a normal guy. Married with a son, he was a Horizon Air ground control staff, directing aircraft and handling baggage. He might have watched the pilots with their pips…
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When boxed in, think outside the box.

By Owei LAKEMFA. NIGERIANS are in a box.  They are boxed in. But it must be admitted that the political elites who are responsible, are in the box with us. That should be a little comfort because while we have become mere spectators…
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Travail of victims of Zamfara attack

By Mustapha Kaita SHUKRANA Ibrahim, one of the victims of the attack in Zamfara State is taking refuge in an IDP camp in Kankara local government area of Katsina state. Though Ibrahim is temporarily safe in his new settlement, he is ill…
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Politics in the season of Cholera

By Simon Kolawole IF you want to get Nigerians excited to the highest level, start a discussion on politics. Whip up sentimental discussions on our political divides and see adrenalin in action. Our collective ecstasy is best stimulated by…
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Seiyefa appointed as acting DG of DSS

MATHEW Seiyefa, the most senior Director at the Department of State Services (DSS), has been announced the acting DG. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo approved his appointment shortly after the former boss of DSS, Lawal Daura was fired,…
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Disasters: Natural and man-made

By Owei Lakemfa. SOME  residents of the Greek holiday resort of Mati in the Rafina region might have thought what they were experiencing on July 24 was the fulfilment of the Biblical pronouncement thatGod will no longer destroy the world…
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Disasters: Natural and man-made

By Owei LAKEMFA SOME residents of the Greek holiday resort of Mati in the Rafina region might have thought what they were experiencing on July 24 was the fulfilment of the Biblical pronouncement thatGod will no longer destroy the world…
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Security agencies and our democracy

By Simon Kolawole AT times, I could be mischievous. When security agents barricaded Government House, Ado Ekiti, ahead of the July 14 governorship election — and Governor Ayo Fayose released his hit single, “I’m in Pains” — a friend, with…
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OPINION: Above the noise of governance

By Owei Lakemfa I was in Lagos, our commercial capital. I had a paper to deliver to some youths on the future of the country. Although there is a popular talk about ‘African Time’ I am a stickler for keeping time. Since I have no control…
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Adamu Ciroma – in his own words (1)

By Eric Teniola IN October 1977, my friend Mallam Mohammed Haruna then of the NEW NIGERIA introduced me to Mallam Adamu Ciroma (1934-2018) at the premises of the parliament building in Lagos where the session of the Constituent Assembly…
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Between Nigeria Airways and Nigeria Air

By Simon Kolawole ANYTIME Senator Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, spoke about setting up a “national carrier”, I always switched off. Even though I like his ideas — and I still salute his single-mindedness in closing down the…
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Africa is leaving Nigeria behind

By Simon Kolawole YOU should have seen me shaking my head in self-pity, as if somebody had just mercilessly slapped me. I had just landed at the “little” Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana, and needed to use the rest room. What I…
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Where is the book, Mr President?

By Olusegun Adeniyi WHEN no fewer than 20 persons were killed by herdsmen in Ukpabi Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, President Buhari promised: ‘I will bring perpetrators to book’; when bandits invaded Birnin Gwari…
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Before the next massacre…

By Simon Kolawole QUOTE me: the Plateau killings, in which over a hundred defenceless citizens lost their lives, will not be the last. I am not trying to be a prophet — much less a prophet of doom — but the reality of Nigeria is that…
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Nigeria’s helmsman and his herdsmen

By Fisayo Soyombo NO matter how hard President Muhammadu Buhari tries, or no matter the frequency with which his spokesmen finger the opposition, the final months of his tenure in office will continue to be dominated, in part, by herdsmen…
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Let me tell you a sad story: Nigeria

By Mayowa Tijani LET me tell you a sad story: Nigeria. Yes, Nigeria is my sad story. I think I am in an emotionally abusive relationship with Nigeria. For a few days now, I have been dealing with nightmares and waking up to news of gloom…
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Budget as a tool of underdevelopment

By Simon Kolawole IN 2011, a brilliant, fine gentleman from the south-south was elected into the Nigerian senate. He was full of hopes and dreams. At a dinner with journalist friends, he outlined his vision and spoke enthusiastically about…
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Senator Abaribe arrested by DSS

ENYINNAYA Abaribe, the senator representing South Senatorial District, Abia State, in the National Assembly, has been arrested by the operatives of the State Security Service (SSS). His party, Peoples Democratic Party PDP confirmed his…
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