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The Lokoja And Iju-Ishaga Explosions Must Be The Last By Ibrahim B. Anoba

I anticipate that religious societies must have started designing vigils and weekly prayers to fight against the devil for masterminding incessant gas explosions rocking the country. But I have news for them: the devil is no longer in the winds; it has transformed into humans and now dwells in government houses and in offices of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. If anyone wishes to bind and cast the devil, they now know where to go. While the country is still gripped by a BBC forensic analysis that appears to implicate…

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How Organized Labour Deceived Nigerians By Reuben Abati

I was very skeptical when the current leadership of Organized Labour in Nigeria objected to the decision of the Federal Government to withdraw fuel subsidy and hand over the pump price of petrol to the forces of demand and supply, also known as market forces. Labour, represented by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and their affiliates and privies in civil society, further threatened that they were opposed to the hike in electricity tariffs. They issued a statement in which they railed against neo-liberal policies,…

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Sixty Years Old Empire Of Vampires By Gbenro Olajuyigbe

Kings of empires were historically imperial, feudal lords. They were fearfully revered. They could decide to take their baths with bucketful of another person’s blood if they wanted. They were the law, the empires and the emperors- trinity of terror! To drive home the omnipotence of their cruelty, one of the wives of the Alafin in the Old Oyo Empire, due to familiarity, tested the potency of such power. She playfully ridiculed the king while naked by saying ‘ I don’t know why people fear  a man with small organ…

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Who Is The Dumbest: Buhari Or Osinbajo? By Bayo Oluwasanmi

As we approach the October 1 nationwide peaceful rally, we are succumbing to the tragic evils of dictatorship in a representative democracy. The newest jolt to an angry, divided, and fragile nation is the plan by General Muhammadu Buhari to kill the October 1 peaceful rally. If there’s a single consensus about Buhari’s regime, it is that the government isn’t working. Buhari’s highest education is high school. It should come as no surprise that he is sorely lacking in sophistication, knowledge of the world, understanding of government and a rudimentary…

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Beyond A Reversal Of Petroleum And Electricity Price Increases: Towards An End To A Reign Of Waste And Brigandage! By Gbenga Komolafe

The Nigerian labour movement with full collaboration of hundreds of other progressive organizations in the country including the Coalition for Revolution (CORE), the Joint Action Front (JAF), Alliance for Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB) as well as the Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations of Nigeria (FIWON), have resolved to embark on a general strike action and mass protests against recent increase in the price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs. For organized labour, the action is viewed as a terrible attack on declining earnings occasioned by a general inflation as…

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Study Notes On “Revolution” And “National Unity” By Edwin Madunagu

The importance and urgency of this subject to the Nigerian Left, at this time, demand that I begin the discussion with a series of clear propositions. And that is what I intend to do here. None of the propositions, in its essence, will be new to the movement or in the movement. What may be new will be the way they are articulated and brought together here. The over-flogged and yet not too-illuminated subject, the national question, may enter this particular discussion because of its connection with the question of…

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Ex-Minister Gbagi’s Blue Film In Warri! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa

Kenneth Gbagi was a former Nigerian Minister of State for Education. He is currently nursing the ambition reportedly of becoming the Governor od Delta State under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He is said to be the proprietor of Signatious Hotel in the oil city of Warri. That hotel could have been built with stolen funds if the sordid looting history of the Nigerian political elite is considered pessimistically. The politician of fortune reminds one of Dino Melaye and Commissioner Abdulmumuni Danga (both from Kogi state) in terms of…

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Nigeria At 60: The Colonialists Never Left – They Are Nigerian Politicians By Fredrick Nwabufo

The British colonialists chucked the power console to the aborigines of Nigeria in 1960. Let me rephrase that. The British prowlers tossed power into the palm of native champions and ‘’non-functionally’’ exited the dais before the close of 1960. But these infiltrators did not go with the evils and vices of their craft. The perils of colonialism remained. So, long after they are gone, the colonial construction still stands sturdy. The political layout the British handed to Nigeria was fatally flawed. It was designed to perpetuate strife and disharmony. The…

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Four Reasons Why Nigerian Americans Must Get Involved In The 2020 US Presidential Elections By Dr Malcolm Fabiyi

The Nigerian presence in America goes back to the earliest periods in American history. Recent genetic studies have confirmed that Nigerian heritage is extensive in the gene pool of African Americans whose ancestors were brought during the Transatlantic slave trade in the 1700s and 1800s. Over the last hundred years, the Nigerian presence in America has been driven by two immigration waves – the first was a quest for educational attainment which brought Nigerians like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first President,  to study in the early to mid-1900s, and a later…

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Blasphemy: Equality Of Believers And Non-Believers In Northern Nigeria By Leo Igwe

If the controversy over blasphemy allegations, especially as brought against Mubarak Bala in Kano, has revealed anything, it is the entrenched unequal relationship between believers and non-believers in the region. It is the flagrant violation of the humanity and dignity of non believers by Muslims. The debate has demonstrated the despicable role of religion, as in this case, Islam in perpetration and perpetuation of inequity and injustice in Northern Nigeria. All Nigerians are equal before the law, as declared in the Nigerian constitution. All human beings are born equal in…

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