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  • Dede Mabiaku and TuFace: Two faces of one grave ailment

    Dede Mabiaku and TuFace: Two faces of one grave ailment

    Many are fed up and are easily irritated by any optimism, but his argument was not irrational: It could amount to impatience to conclude Buhari has failed when he has 60 % of his tenure to run; Buhari has a four-year mandate and he has only had the opportunity to author and supervise one annual budget.

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  • Aba: A city after everybody’s heart

    Aba: A city after everybody’s heart

    You don’t need to be an Ukwa/Ngwa or Igbo man to speak glowingly of Aba in Abia State. Aba, also known as Enyimba city, is the most popular commercial town in Eastern Nigeria. It is a town after everybody’s heart.

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  • 2Baba and his Ajebota generations

    2Baba and his Ajebota generations

    One thing that always stands 2BABA out is his humility. He is humble to a fault. He has of course been very nice to me generally. Our paths have crossed in far-flung places like Canada and Australia and the love and respect between us is always palpable.

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  • Lying Lie Mohammed

    Lying Lie Mohammed

    The greatest evil that plagues our land today are not Boko Haram or the Fulani miliitias. The greatest evil are those so-called moderate Muslims and practising Christians who pretend that the terrorists don’t exist, who turn a blind eye to their evil and who sit back silently and watch them.

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  • Who is importing arms into Nigeria?

    Who is importing arms into Nigeria?

    This is the latest in the series of unlawful importation of arms into Nigeria, and it raises a number of issues. First, who are those behind unlawful importation of arms into Nigeria and what are their intentions?

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  • The reality and absurdity of Trump’s Muslim ban

    The reality and absurdity of Trump’s Muslim ban

    Less than a week into his presidency, Donald Trump made good one of his electoral promises (at least in the meantime) by issuing an Executive Order banning many Muslims from entering America.

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  • The Trauma of being kidnapped

    The Trauma of being kidnapped

    I have been there. I know how it feels to be dispossessed of one’s liberty by criminals. I know how relations feel in the uncertain days of the abduction. I know how the kids feel that their father may never return. I know the emotions that run through a wife.

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  • Buhari’s health and the demand for good governance

    Buhari’s health and the demand for good governance

    Need I remind Nigeria’s “constituted authorities” that Ariel Sharon, a former Prime Minister of Israel, and Fidel Castro, the late president of Cuba, while alive with terminal sicknesses, were never flown out of their respective countries for medicare.

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  • Kabiyesi and the wisdom in full disclosure

    Kabiyesi and the wisdom in full disclosure

    This palace rivalry was adduced as one of the reasons for the attempted coup of February 13, 1976 during which General Muhammed was killed. Bissala was later executed, along with other officers, for his alleged role in the botched coup.

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  • Why can’t Osinbajo be President?

    Why can’t Osinbajo be President?

    We have a tendency, in Nigeria, to flout established rules and to turn manageable, controllable events into crises. We do not seem to learn from the past. We persist in making the same mistakes, choosing to gamble with the fates and fortunes of others.

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  • Fashola and power supply

    Fashola and power supply

    Imagine a Nigeria where there is uninterrupted power supply; the discontent and mass disaffection among the populace would not be there. Industries would be operational; artisans would be fully engaged in their trade. There would be employment for the people, which would divert minds to productive ventures.

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  • The two faces of Tuface

    The two faces of Tuface

    Let no one blame Tuface. His stage name Tuface is the name of Janus: the two-face Greek god, who looks in two directions. When it mattered most in his career, Tuface Idibia answered the call of his name!

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  • Nigeria’s survival: Archbishop Akubeze got it right

    Nigeria’s survival: Archbishop Akubeze got it right

    First, the Archbishop unlike other commentators did not condemn the entire Fulani race or all its herdsmen as he recognized that there are no doubt peace loving citizens among them. One obvious advantage of avoiding generalizations is the difficulty of proving them.

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  • Police cannot override the acting president

    Police cannot override the acting president

    I have read in several news reports, of the statement credited to the Nigeria Police Force, advising that the mass rally against suffering and hunger in Nigeria, slated for Monday February 6, 2017, should be cancelled, purportedly in the interest of peace and security.

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  • Onnoghen, Umar and prospects of Southern CJN

    Onnoghen, Umar and prospects of Southern CJN

    To enhance the confirmation or ensure the non-confirmation of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, as the substantive CJN is probably the most important decision President Muhammadu Buhari has to make since he came to power almost two years ago.

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  • FRC: Obazee has lots of fences to mend

    FRC: Obazee has lots of fences to mend

    Wherever Obazee is now, he would most certainly be contemplating his time at the agency: what he did right and those things he wished he had done differently, while planning his next moves.

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  • Support for Boko Haram is a crime against humanity

    Support for Boko Haram is a crime against humanity

    It is regrettable that this upsurge in cowardly suicide attacks came not long after the patriotic military forces of this country recaptured Sambisa Forest which used to be the operational zone of the Boko Haram terrorists.

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  • Insanity is closing the airport for six weeks

    Insanity is closing the airport for six weeks

    They say there’s no going back on the decision to close the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for six weeks, starting March 8.

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  • Lest Buhari becomes a ‘captive king’

    Lest Buhari becomes a ‘captive king’

    As things stand in Nigeria today, I know many people who have already made up their minds that should this administration continue on the current course and President Buhari seeks re-election in 2019, their position would be: AOBB!

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  • Trump and the dismantling of international order and diplomacy

    Trump and the dismantling of international order and diplomacy

    The boorish move prompted the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to give Trump a free and timely tutorial on the Geneva Convention on Refugees, to which the U.S. is a signatory. The debacle also caused the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to indicate her intention to look into its legality as it affects UK nationals.

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  • DSS and the politics of arrest

    DSS and the politics of arrest

    Thus, the citizens expected that a new DSS would emerge in the Buhari era. They expected a DSS that does its job professionally; operating with respect for the rights of the citizens. But in less than two years, the citizens have come to the grim realisation that this expectation is misplaced. This is because despite its so-called transformation, the DSS has not changed its crude method of operation.

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  • When impostors manage hospitals or prescribe medicines

    When impostors manage hospitals or prescribe medicines

    The decision by the Lagos State Government to close down a dodgy medical centre in the state must be commended. Operating a medical facility with unqualified or dubious workers who pose as professional doctors is a sure way to endanger public health. It is as dangerous as marketing fake and adulterated drugs to the public.

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  • President Donald Trump’s populism and Nigeria

    President Donald Trump’s populism and Nigeria

    Nigeria benefitted from that order, as it was instrumental in ending the colonial period, as the U.S. and its allies sought to curtail the potential spread of communism, in the face of vigorous and sustained opposition to colonialism by Nigerian politicians.

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  • No economic growth, no democracy

    No economic growth, no democracy

    America, Canada, Germany and India are some of the federal and democratic systems cited frequently as those working well. Of these, India is the oldest, poorest and least stable.

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  • Gambia: The triumph of diplomacy and consensus

    Gambia: The triumph of diplomacy and consensus

    Like in the case of the Gambia, which thankfully has been averted, it began like a joke, a struggle for power that at first appeared foolish and then took on a life of its own and before long, ethnic loyalties were mobilized and before one could say ECOWAS!, the citizens found themselves involved in murderous conflict.

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