Middle East OP-ED 

The Real Deal on the War in Yemen

The latest war in Yemen, ongoing since 2015, started when the Houthi tribes in the north made a deal with former President Saleh (whose son remained head of the army under the agreement made with the Saudis to get him to vacate the Yemen Presidency) to work together to conquer all of Yemen militarily. The Houthis and the Yemen Army under Pres. Saleh’s government had over the years fought 4 wars against each other, each ended more by exhaustion on both sides rather that on the battlefield. Having most of…

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Buhari And Electoral Reform: The Unspoken Truth By SKC Ogbonnia

President Muhammadu Buhari deserves commendation for his new year pledge to reform Nigeria’s electoral process, but he should have gone further to admit that the exercise through, which he was re-elected for a second term in office was grossly flawed. He should have equally confessed that, by law, the degree of irregularity in the 2019 presidential election ought to have landed both himself (Buhari) and his main opponent, former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, in prison. The problem is hinged on blatant violation of electoral campaign finance laws. Section 91 (1) of…

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Scars Of Bondage, Pains Of Freedom Struggle By Fegalo Nsuke

The prison scars are truly very scary. They live on my wrists. The psychological torture will live with you for a long time. Sadly, the pains are inflicted by your own country and in your innocence, you watch a police officer whose primary responsibility is to protect, turn against you for no reason outside being vocal in a fight for human rights and survival for the people. Ken Saro-Wiwa suffered from these scars and still lived with them until death. May Ken’s struggles for justice for the Ogoni people never…

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Enact Laws For Amotekun Now! By Femi Falana (SAN)

The governors in the South-West zone launched the South-West Security Network otherwise called ‘Operation Amotekun’ at Ibadan, Oyo State, on January 10, 2020. The police authorities endorsed Amotekun while the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), questioned its legality. Even though I had cause to join issues with Mr Malami over his legal opinion on the security outfit, I was compelled to call on each of the South-West governors to forward a bill to the house of assembly of each state for the formation…

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Declaration Of Causes: Why Yoruba Will Leave Nigeria By Bayo Oluwasanmi

This is Nigeria’s end time. The tyrannical regime of General Muhammadu Buhari will give way to secession. In the absence of a unifying national interest, Nigeria has become fragmented, lawless, disorderly, dangerous, and seemingly unliveable. Predictions about the breakup of Nigeria have reached its crescendo. The Fulani controlled federal government headed by General Buhari continues to thumb its nose at Yorubas. With the formation of Amotekun, the Western Nigeria Security Network, Yorubas have obviously stated their declaration of causes why they will leave Nigeria. In the declaration of causes, two…

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Amotekun As A Metaphor By Osy Agbo

It’s always a little challenge for me trying to ease back into life in the United States each time following a trip to Nigeria. I believe it has to do with leaving my happy place back to elsewhere to face the daily struggles that come with more opportunities. Although I have to admit that even that happiness doesn’t always come cheap and easy. This last time, being that I travelled with the entire crew, I had to make sure to dot all I’s and cross all T’s. In fact, I…

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Balarabe On Amotekun By Wole Soyinka

Balarabe is sadly, but I hope not tragically wrong. I invoke the tragic dimension here because the making of tragedy, especially for nations, often begins when fears are mistaken, or promoted as facts, and governments either by themselves, or together with interest groups, are enticed by fears into embarking on precipitate, irrational, and irreversible acts. Such acts turn out in the end to be based on nothing but fears, sometimes generated by guilt over past injustices, such as inequitable dealing. That is the basis of tragedy, towards which nations are…

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‘Sins’ Of The Buharis! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa

The presidential family anywhere in the world are one of power, privilege and limitless opportunities. But Africa remains an exception, a ‘special’ case for reasons of power abuse and absolutism. Take just four examples from Senegal to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon to Angola. Nigeria may not be among the four but that does not mean that the presidential offsprings in our homeland are immune from power abuse or corruption. Mohammed Abacha is ’eminently’ qualified to be included in this list. The late tyrant Sani Abacha’s son was notorious during his father’s…

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Why Nigeria Must Break Up By Remi Oyeyemi

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common with unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” –Calvin Coolidge “To choose the right moment in which to act is the great art of men…” –Napolean Bonaparte I have been watching the fast pace with which the so-called country of Nigeria has been tumbling towards tragedy. I have been watching the…

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From Court To Police Custody: Plight Of Young Investigative Reporter By Alfred Olufemi

Although I have read about victimisation of journalists and repressive attacks on press freedom, last week added to my first-hand experiences of the travails of journalists, particularly some of us who have decided to ply the dreaded route of investigative journalism. It was hectic journeying to two states just to respond to invitations from two judicial institutions. One was to continue proceedings in a magistrate court in Kwara State and another was the invitation from the zonal headquarters of the police in Osogbo, Osun State, over reports written in 2018…

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