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Biafra: Another war we can’t afford

The Biafra spirit is alive today as much as it was 50 years ago, when on May 30, 1967, the governor of eastern region of Nigeria, Col Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, declared the territories under his control independent of the Federal ...

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Easter holiday in the eastern city on the hill

By Thursday the 13rd of April, the hustle and bustle in and around the capital city of Abuja was noticeably reduced. Vehicular traffic was unusually light along Ahmadu Bello, Ademola Adetokunbo, Aguiyi Ironsi and other major motorways in the city. ...

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For peace in Syria, Assad must go

Like his election, many did not see President Donald Trump’s order of a strike targeted at military facilities that were believed to be useful to the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad in carrying out a series of deadly chemical attacks ...

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Buhari’s dirty war on corruption

The dishonest integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari, a politician commonly mistaken for a statesman is in full but discrete display in the Ibrahim Magu affair. For the second time, the Nigerian senate has rejected the nomination of Magu, the acting ...

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Police Trust Fund and urgent legislative backing

Public institutions are established largely with functional imperative of protecting public interests. Their adjudged credibility, successes and failures are in most instances predicated upon the levels and the extent of public confidences they enjoy. The capability and efficient delivery of ...

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The Buhari, Trump conversation

President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed a great man, one with conscience, humanity, determination and patriotism. History beholds that a prophet has never been loved by his people. Nothing is hidden under the sun. The best testimony is that from an ...

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The common sense in Trump’s Muslim ban

In keeping to his campaign promise, President Donald Trump has taken the first of several steps in tackling headlong the menace of radical Islam. By a stroke of pen on a controversial executive order, citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries ...

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As Muslim America boycotts Trump’s America

There appears to be no love lost between President Donald Trump and the American Muslim community of about 3 million people of mostly Middle East and African origin. Trump refused to be politically correct about the reality of radical Islam, ...

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Boko Haram and the legend of Sambisa Forest

The Boko Haram insurgency is the greatest challenge to Nigeria’s internal security and national stability since the end of the civil war. The insurgency has succeeded and thrived because of a fundamental misinterpretation of the real motive of the terror ...

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Magu: A case of corruption fighting back?

The confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as substantive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) suffered another debilitating blow with the eventual rejection of his nomination by the Senate. Magu was appointed acting chair of EFCC after the removal of ...

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Sectionalism as a threat to national security

Nepotism, tribalism, regionalism, cronyism and religious bigotry; collectively known as sectionalism, is the root of corruption. Sectionalism rewards mediocrity and relegates competent expertise because the yardstick is who knows you but not what you know. Sectionalism rewards complacency but punishes ...

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Amaechi: The knife that tore the umbrella

Frontline Niger delta region oil producing Rivers state, hosts to leading multi-national oil companies as well as the largest oil and gas infrastructure in Nigeria is truly the treasure base of Africa’s second largest oil producer. Nigeria’s economy is heavily ...

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The fall and fall of PDP

The political behemoth known as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whose chieftains  fondly refer to as the largest political party in Africa; an appellation that is clearly a misnomer, which can best be described as a cheerful expression of a ...

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Brexit, Trump: The new world re-ordered

The world is set to undergo fundamental changes, first with Brexit and secondly and most importantly with a Donald Trump at the White House in quick succession. Throughout the Western world, populism and nationalism is on the rise evident in ...

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The room President Buhari really needs now

At first, like every sane Nigerian, I took President Muhammadu Buhari’s response to his wife’s criticism of his government as a joke (taken to far). And even agreed with Malam Garba Shehu’s description of it as as such on Twitter, ...

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Kaduna’s conflict resolution disaster

Those skeptical of the handling of Army -Shiites clash in Kaduna State last December, predicted a disturbing backlash. The earliest clue that the clash may not be fairly resolved was inferred from the government’s expressed disdain for the Sheikh Ibraheem ...

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The danger of Shekau’s death mythology

“Were my days of living over,” said the Book Haram leader in a new video, “you wouldn’t have seen me here.” And this put an end to another official statement of his killing by the Nigerian troops. Shekau may not ...

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Portrait of the critic as a hater

Perhaps it’s sub-clinical, but partisanship as exhibited by Nigerians appears to be more than just uncritical loyalty to a political party. It’s a psychiatric dilemma. Perhaps this is only my lack of explanation for, or understanding of, reference to critics ...

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Change does not begin with a slogan, Mr. President

Last Thursday the federal government, obviously terrified by the burden of expectations upon it, launched what’s a form of psychological propaganda. It’s a social orientation campaign named “Change Begins With Me”. Introducing the campaign, the President said, “Our citizens must ...

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Happy recession, Nigeria!

We do not know the exact date of this historic festival neither are we in the know of its end. This festival of inflation and hunger, unemployment and job cuts, liquidation and crimes, and mental health crisis and despair. There’s ...

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Dilemma of the Nigerian youth

These past weeks, I’ve had reasons to reflect more on the place of the Nigerian youth in politics and public service. The inspiration for this was the hypocrisy one witnessed all the times our gerontocratic political establishment opened its door ...

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Zaria massacre: Have we been vindicated yet?

Though the legal team of the Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement of Nigeria had long distanced itself from whatever may be the final report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to establish the facts of the December 12 ...

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Lessons from oil workers’ six-day strike

Last week’s strike by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) was a huge success.  The oil workers’ unions were able to compel government to ...

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Discussing Senator David Umaru

Often, when Senator David Umaru is being discussed in our social media interactions, I’m either mentioned or referenced. The reason is their identification or recognition of my fierce support for his political presence and aspiration, especially in his bid for ...

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Discussing Senator David Umaru

Often, when Senator David Umaru is being discussed in our social media interactions, I’m either mentioned or referenced. The reason is their identification or recognition of my fierce support for his political presence and aspiration, especially in his bid for ...

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