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Yellow card for el-Rufa’i (1)

The good people of Kaduna State are very much frustrated over glaring failure to actualize their hopes and wishes. An atmosphere of disappointment has currently permeated the state invoking an eerie feeling of letdown. It was that of sadness and ...

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Mysterious draft constitution 2014

It was curious how the Senate requested the Federal Government to submit to it the report of the 2014 National Conference for deliberations. That followed a motion sponsored by the Senate leader and supported by a handful of other influential ...

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Wake up call to Northerners

The Northern Elders Forum, NEF has been applauded for its staunch support to the order given by the four northern youth groups to Igbos living in the North to relocate to the so-called Republic of Biafra in accordance with their ...

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Light at the end of a tunnel

The wind of desirable change that has swept across Nigeria on May 29, 2015 is still raging and people have been swaying with it. Nigerians are now happy and excited that the new change brought about by a focused and ...

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Sawabaonline 602: Keeping Ebola at bay

The Federal Government has issued warnings of danger over possible outbreak of Ebola in the country, for the second time since 2014, following a declaration of the recent outbreak of the deadly disease by the United Nations in the Democratic ...

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Strident calls for restructuring

Recent calls for restructuring the country by different ethnic groups, and lately by leading politicians in the country, are becoming increasingly worrisome especially as some of the reasons adduced for that were bizarre and frivolous. That is the manifestation of ...

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Politics of power concession

Nigerian politicians are known to be incurable optimists, always feeling hopeful and positive about the future of their country. More often than not they also tend to become malevolent or reflect on any vice that could outweigh virtues in their ...

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Refusal to accept truth

Nigeria’s political class, especially the ruling elites, is quite insensitive to constructive criticism and is always quick to pour scorn on key members of the opposition and the press whom they wantonly condemn for exercising their fundamental human rights. There ...

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Aminu Kano: Rebel with a cause

If the scope of Nigeria’s development is to be taken into consideration since the demise of its pioneering political leaders it would be realised that there is nothing tangible to showcase or be proud of either in the political or ...

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Agitated political activism

In this country it is pretty easy to predict the mood or reactions of the people on the disposition of their elected leaders. That’s why the regular and social media are replete with postings about how renowned politicians are pushing ...

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Emir Sanusi flies a kite

It is very unusual for a monarch to make pronouncements that may attract comments, either publicly or confidently. It is even more improper and indecorous if such comments are capable of leading to a highly controversial issue or argument. This ...

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Ordeals of Sambo Dasuki

Undoubtedly Sambo Dasuki is presently undergoing a very difficult and harrowing experience and that may last for a very long time to come. He had been relieved of his prestigious appointment as the most influential National Security Advisor (NSA), ever ...

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Resurgence of insurgency

The present intensification of attacks on innocent Nigerians by reprobates, otherwise known as terrorists, was indeed a disrespectful and irrelevant treatment of a cross-section of Nigerians, especially those considered worthy of reverence during this holy month of Ramadan when they ...

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Bukola Saraki scores own goal

The change which majority of Nigerians have been yearning for, before and after this year’s general elections, may after all be an anticlimax because barely two weeks after enthroning the government that was expected to usher it they have been ...

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In anticipation of Buhari’s men

The issue of President Muhammadu Buhari’s list of ministerial nominees was a subject of continuous discussion at different fora with many people making wild speculations bordering on opinions based on incomplete information. There were so many lists in circulation on ...

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Nigerians need a pin to the buttocks

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity-Martin Luther King, Jr. Her name, simply Mama Ebuke, an Ebonyi woman, she has known nothing but suffering, carrying wares from one street to the other. If ...

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Emir Sanusi’s empathic emotions

The exact number of casualties arising from the recent dastardly bomb attack on Kano Central Mosque was not immediately ascertained even after the dust had finally settled. However, the Governor of Kano State, Engineer Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, has put the ...

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Endless emergency regimes

The Senate, an upper chamber of the National Assembly, has received a request by President Goodluck Jonathan seeking the renewal of the six-month old state of emergency in three-crisis ridden states in the north-eastern part of the country. However, the ...

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What does a Nigerian legislator do?

The entire Nigerian state last week was treated to the movie “scaling gates”…a production of the legislative arm of government. The incident saw members of the House of Representatives scaling the gates of the “hallowed” chambers having been locked out. ...

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Humanitarian crisis in North-east

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has joined the universal calls for global powers to consider supporting this country, now in its most hour of need, against the Boko Haram insurgency which has progressively become a monumental disaster of unimaginable proportions. ...

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I’ll become Nigerian president

I am going to become President of Nigeria; it is not a matter of if I win, but a case of when I win. I shall floor Jonathan, beat Atiku, defeat Buhari, and dismantle Kwankwaso, Nda-Isaiah in just one abracadabra. ...

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Jonathan’s uninspiring declaration

At last President Goodluck Jonathan has beaten the October 30 ultimatum given him and other aspirants to political offices within the party to express their interests in electoral contests. He had on Thursday officially made the long awaited declaration to ...

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Kwankwaso’s unparalleled performance

I was among a select group of senior Nigerian print journalists invited by the Kano State Government to undertake a specially arranged tour to numerous sites in the metropolis of the ancient city of Kano to inspect the monumental achievements ...

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In defence of the sentenced soldiers

The acceptance of capital punishment or the death penalty, if you like, as a sentence for heinous criminal acts has been hotly debated across the nation over the last few decades. In general, it was argued that since the sentence ...

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Whither Northern elite?

One of the frailties or weaknesses of humankind is the tendency to easily forget what had once bothered him. That is why majority of Nigerians have kept on becoming victims of political conmen who dupe them during election time and ...

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Of parrots, senior partners, and experts

I start this engagement with Finance Minister Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s joke at the opening session of the just-concluded Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria conference: “An accountant went to the market to buy a parrot. When he got there, the ...

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Cowardly attack on people’s General

The devious design to destabilise the country was actualised last Wednesday with twin bomb blasts said to be targeted at a leading politician, General Muhammadu Buhari and a renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, both residents of Kaduna Metropolis. Although ...

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National Confab: Heading for the rocks?

The proceedings at the National Conference have been coming to an abrupt end for three consecutive days last week following wrangling over the new recommendations on derivation, solid mineral funds as well as stabilisation fund for the North-eastern region. Whenever ...

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Human rights Vs human wrongs (II)

Over the last decade, pimping has increased as the act is being decriminalized. Women of all ages and dressed scantily or nude are put on display and offered for sale by male consumers who place no premium on the products ...

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Nigerian soldiers and excesses

We may not be eye witnesses to what transpired at the Ikorodu road, Lagos state a little over a week ago, where a commercial bus belonging to the Lagos State government allegedly killed Lance corporal Mathew Ishaya of the nigerian ...

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