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Ishaq Modiboo Kawu

An end and a new beginning

Just a few minutes past eleven in the morning last Wednesday, I received a telephone call from Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed. He congratulated me and told me that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved my appointment as the Director General ...

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Witness to return of a Chibok Girl

The Maiduguri Government House is often a beehive of activities, especially when the governor is in town. Members of the local political nomenclaturalwould mix with government employees, security personnel and visitors. So the governor’s office entrance often had people hanging ...

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Light and shade in Borno

The flight to Maiduguri, last week Tuesday evening, had been delayed for more than three hours. And at a point, not a few passengers had become apprehensive that it might be cancelled. Eventually though, we took off and one hour ...

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Media narratives and the Fulbe nomad II

Over the past decade…cattle rustling has been transformed into a vicious criminal activity…far beyond the low-intensity conflict that had previously defined the relationship between farmers and grazers. New criminal gangs, armed with sophisticated weapons, have reportedly carted away cattle in ...

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Media narratives and the Fulbe nomad

“Media accounts are often very graphic, and validate their claims by including statements ascribed to eye-witnesses and descriptions of the reactions of community leaders, security commanders or government officials. The problem is that the character of such ‘media speech’ is ...

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Borno: Counting the cost of insurgency

On Monday, Daily Trust led with quotations from a Post Insurgency Recovery and Peace Building Assessment Report, presented by the Borno State Government to the World Bank, based on the effect of the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, in the ...

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Our very lucrative prayers economy

(Please read today’s piece to the accompaniment of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s classic song, SHUFFERIN’ AND SHMILIN’) Last week, former Executive Director of the NNPC, Aminu Baba-Kusa, filed a statement of witness at the High Court in Abuja. He told the ...

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Fathers and sons Nigeria incorporated

One of the most significant issues of recent revelations of high wire corruption in Nigeria today, is the way that leading politicians have brought their children into the corruption loop. Top Nigerian politicians are appearing in courts together with their ...

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New Year, old contradictions

2016 is here! As the old year hurtled into memory, we can look forward to the portents for the New Year. Every country plans against the backdrop of expectations built within the context of the old year. We had exited ...

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Remembering Governor Muhammed Lawal

November 15th, marked the ninth anniversary of the passing of Rear Admiral Muhammed Alabi Lawal, naval officer, former Ogun state military administrator and first democratically elected indigene of Ilorin as civilian governor of Kwara state. To commemorate the anniversary, a ...

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Social media and its Senate malcontents

Last week, a very controversial bill passed second reading in the Nigerian Senate. The bill titled: “Act to Prohibit Frivolous Petitions”, is sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), representing Kebbi South. ...

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National Assembly immunity delusion syndrome

On Monday this week, Vanguard newspaper carried a report that the National Assembly will soon commence a constitution amendment process, towards ensuring immunity for heads of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. The hint came from Leo Ogor, Minority Leader, House ...

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A peek into Muhammadu Buhari’s mind

This week President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB), has finally undertaken the much-anticipated state visit to the United States of America. There is no gainsaying the fact that the state visit is one of the most important events for the six-week old ...

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South Africa’s xenophobic hysteria

Last Sunday, the 19th of April, the alliance of the African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Congress of South African Trace Unions (COSATU) issued an “Alliance Statement to the African Continent and the International Community”. ...

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These elections won’t kill our country

“We, therefore, do not believe that a country should die because it held elections. On the contrary, elections should strengthen democracy, and reinforce national development. In view of that, we do not agree with any group or interest threatening fire ...

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Defeating Boko Haram with mercenaries

Let me first start, that like all Nigerian patriots, I feel happy that in a few weeks, the Nigerian Army and allies from Chad and Niger, inflicted backbreaking blows on the Boko Haram insurgency. As a result, many communities hitherto ...

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Ilorin: “Mark one, one”

Last weekend, I met Daniel Amokachie, ex-International soccer star and assistant coach of our national team. Naturally, we spoke about the current state of our football and he gave me interesting insights into problems dogging our national game. I also ...

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Nigerians are united for democracy

Last weekend in Lagos, activist lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), announced the emergence of a new organization, dedicated to the protection of the democratic project in Nigeria. The new organization is called Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD). The new body is ...

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