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COVID-19 And Ogoniland Clean-up By Cyril Abaku

I am afraid that as I commit myself to putting down some thoughts on what is arguably the biggest weapon mankind is relying upon in its preventive onslaught against an invisible enemy – at least invisible to the human eyes – I may be, will surely appear to be, standing popular logic on its head. In fact, it is one logic ingrained only too deeply in public consciousness, made no less so by the legendary Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with his 1975 eponymous hit, w-a-t-e-r e no get enemy. With this confession…

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Yet Another Democracy Day Anniversary By Tony Ademiluyi

Twenty-one years in the life of an individual is usually a red letter day where the drums are rolled out to celebrate it. A child who is 21 is officially an adult with its attendant responsibilities for their actions. May 29, 1999 was a great day in the life of Nigeria as it marked her return to civil rule after a 16-year military hiatus. This is the longest democratic spell that we have had in the country and so it is necessary to dig deep and see if it is…

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Biafra At 53: IPOB Has Destroyed The Biafran Spirit, Igbos Must Restore It By Churchill Okonkwo

In Igbo cosmology, there are many gods e.g. Amadioha (the God of thunder), Ani (the Earth Goddess), Idemili (the lady of the waters), Upkaka Ndam (African oil bean that protects kindred’s of Ndam), Ogwugwu (a female god), etc. It is very common, in Igboland, for someone to be in good stead with one god and not the other. As such, Ogwugwu could kill a person despite an excellent relationship with Udo. The Igbo sociopolitical landscape has produced “god-like-figures” like the gods in Igbo cosmology. Examples include Chief Dr. Nnamzi Azikiwe…

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Nigerians Rate President Buhari’s Performance After Five Years In Office As “Extremely Poor”

Nigerians have rated the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s five years in office as being “extremely poor”. In a poll conducted by SaharaReporters on social media, over 80 per cent of respondents rated Buhari poor, saying his administration had been marred by ethnicity and corruption allegations. The poll, which was conducted on Facebook and Twitter had 21,200 and 26,643 votes respectively.  On Facebook, 75 per cent of the voters said Buhari performed poorly while 25 per cent believed he performed excellently. Meanwhile, on Twitter, while 62.3 per cent of voters…

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America’s Other COVID Pandemic By Dr. Yinka Tella

American deaths from the COVID-19 raced past the 100,000 mark this week, thanks largely to a famously coy and bungled Federal response. To put this staggering number in perspective, let’s recall that 33,686 Americans perished in the Korean War, another 58,220 in two decades of the Vietnam War, 2996 during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack and 2,354 in nearly two decades of US military engagement of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The total tally of 97,247 from these bloody mishaps still falls shy of the toll Coronavirus is currently exacting on the United States but the…

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Justice For The Victims Of Internationally-Recognised Crimes In Nigeria By Somadina Ibe-Ojiludu

I often express the hope that one day all those who allegedly committed internationally-recognised crimes in Nigeria, especially during the Biafra-Nigeria Civil War, will be made to face justice.   My hope is buoyed by those popular wordsexpressed by the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal after the Second World War: ‘crimes against international law are committed by men, not abstract entities, and only by punishing individuals who committed such crimes can the provisions of international law be enforced …individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligation of obedience imposed by the individual state’.   Thus, all is not acceptable in war.   Some soldiers during…

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Mubarak Bala: Facebook Posts And Limits Of Religious Freedom By Leo Igwe

While waiting for the police to formally charge or release Mubarak Bala, it is important to critically examine a key proposition in the complaint filed against him at the Kano State Police Command.  This is necessary to understand the intent and motivation of the petitioners as well as implications for religious freedom in the country. The complainants claimed that Mubarak Bala made comments on Facebook that were “provoking” and “annoying” to Muslims.  Meanwhile, Nigeria is not a Muslim country. Nigeria is a nation of Muslims and non-Muslims. The petitioners alluded…

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Biafra, Messiahs And Transactionalists By Chido Nwangwu

This is the weekend of May 30, the date of the official declaration of the former Republic of Biafra: the Land of the Rising Sun! Biafra holds a duality of meaning to the Igbo and other Nigerians. To millions, it was the highest point of their expression of the creative  skills and existential ingenuity of the Igbo, Annang, Ibibio, the Efik,some sections of Ijaw, Ogoni and other constituent parts of the People’s Republic of Biafra, since 1967.  It saw the Biafrans prove that technological competence and self-reliance are possible for…

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Investments 

The “High 5s”: A strategic vision and results that are transforming Africa

For the past ten years, Africa has recorded some of the world’s strongest rates of economic growth. At the same time, many African economies continue to function at well below their full potential. Structural transformation is needed to create more jobs, reduce poverty and accomplish sustainable development objectives. The African Development Bank’s High 5 priority areas are intended to support African countries’ achievement of the SDGS. They are: Feed Africa; Light up Africa; Industrialise Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the  people of Africa.  Atta Abdul,…

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Investments 

COVID-19 : la Banque africaine de développement mobilise 22 millions de dollars pour les pays à faible revenu de la zone CEDEAO

Le Conseil d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé, le 22 mai à Abidjan, un projet d’urgence en faveur des pays à faible revenu membres de la CEDEAO pour le renforcement des systèmes de santé de la Gambie, du Mali et du Niger, en réponse à la pandémie de COVID-19. A travers ce projet, la Banque met à la disposition des pays un montant de 22,4 millions dollars américains. Ce financement est destiné, d’une part, pour un montant de 9,55 millions de dollars américains à acquérir et mettre…

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