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When 2023 Comes… By Remi Oyeyemi

When 2023 comes, the truth shall be known by all and sundry. They shall know the truth and the truth shall set them free. My true colours shall be unveiled for the world to see. Nothing shall be hidden from the people, low or mighty. Whether poor or rich. Whether weak or powerful. Whether connected or not. Nothing shall be hidden from them. Everything shall be put on the table.  When 2023 comes, nothing about me shall be hidden, no matter what anyone does. This is because under the sun,…

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Notes On Engaging Nigeria’s Ruling Class By Edwin Madunagu

Nigeria’s ruling class has presented the nation with a number of issues around which the Nigerian Left can build an agenda of political engagement for the year 2020, or which, to use an old journalistic expression, the Left can use as “pegs” to construct an agenda of close and integrated engagement with the rulers for the year 2020 and beyond. The rulers of Nigeria regularly “oblige” us in this way. This time around, the issues on the table and on display include: the movement of Nigeria’s presidency in 2023; the…

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History, Aisha Buhari And Project Nigeria By Emmanuel Umohinyang

One of the biggest errors about why good governance has become almost impossible in Africa is the belief that the office of President is largely responsible for our travails as a people. This is in view of the fact that the office of the number one citizen wields so much influence in Nigeria, that almost everybody looks up to that office for virtually everything, same for office of state governors. No doubt, this is one of the reasons some political analysts say the office of the Nigerian President wields more…

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The Release Of Boko Haram Prisoners: Issues Arising By Tony Ademiluyi

The Niger Delta militants had a clear cause which was the fulcrum of their struggles. Their region produced the wealth of the nation but the structural lopsidedness and sinister nature of the Nigerian state made it impossible for them to enjoy the benefits of the black gold. They vandalised pipelines, abducted Caucasian workers and took up arms against the state to protest their plight. Their strategy worked out as the administration of the Late Umaru Musa Yar’adua granted a majority of them amnesty which helped to calm their frayed nerves.…

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INEC’s Bloody Axe And The Political Remnants By Azu Ishiekwene

On a hot, dusty harmattan day last week, the Independent National Electoral Commission loaded its gun, and pulled the trigger, terminating 74 political parties. The grieving remnants were left to bury their dead in what seemed a most unkind Valentine gift.   A number of the leaders of the affected parties have refused to be consoled. They have vigorously expressed their displeasure, with a few even threatening court action.  The presidential candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, Tope Fasua, for example, accused INEC of pursuing a policy that suggests that the commission…

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Obiageli Mazi: Why No Nigerian Teacher Should Earn $100 Or Less Monthly By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

Suddenly, the wave of euphoria sparked across the social media by the story of Madam Obiageli Mazi of Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 Primary School, Borno State, has vanished, no thanks to the tragic massive attack launched on the state Monday night by the so-called technically defeated Boko Haram insurgents. The attack left 30 people dead, 18 vehicles burnt and several women and children abducted, according to the state government spokesperson, Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi. Prior to the Monday attack, a viral video had shown Mazi’s encounter with Borno State Governor, Prof.…

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The Trial of Sowore By Tony Ademiluyi

Renowned human rights activist and anti-corruption crusader, Omoyele Sowore, alongside his sidekick, Olawale Bakare, were supposed to have their day in court today – February 12, 2020. The likes of the former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof Chidi Anslem Odinkalu, Nobel Laureate and veteran human rights activist, Prof Wole Soyinka, former Senator and human rights activist, Shehu Sani, were in court this morning to show solidarity with the Publisher of Sahara Reporters. There was palpable disappointment as the presiding Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, adjourned the trial until tomorrow…

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Is Muhammadu Buhari Among The Generals? By Bayo Oluwasanmi

“Luck is of little moment to the great general, for it is under the control of his intellect and his judgment.” – Titus Livins In 2015, Bola Ahmed Tinubu successfully forged the political merger that produced All Progressives Party and General Muhammadu Buhari as candidate in the 2015 presidential election. The APC wasted no time in selling Buhari to voters. Buhari was bottled, branded, and packaged as born again democrat and born again Muslim. He was surnamed Mr Integrity. On qualities of a General, Tinubu spoke glowingly of US Army…

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Buratai Says 10 Years Not Enough To Deradicalise Islamists, Why Hurry To Free Boko Haram Suspects? By Fredrick Nwabufo

My theory, Boko Haram is an enterprise. The wheel of the war must be kept spinning for the profiteers and racketeers of blood. The insurgency has raged on for more than a decade. And when it appears the vestiges of the insurgents are finally being erased, they rise again like the phoenix from the ashes – to become stronger, more coordinated and more ubiquitous. It is grand delusion to assume that the machinations of these deviants do not have insider abutment. About 1,400 Boko Haram suspects have been released since…

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Michael Nnadi’s Murder: What Idiotic Message By Kingsley Ahanonu

Reading through the anecdote by one of the four seminarians abducted alongside the slain Michael Nnadi, I am made to understand that the death of the 18 year old young man  reveals a deep-seated callousness that for his murderers, has become a way of life and a mission to accomplish. Even when ransom was said to have been paid, a revelation which according to the narrator got them enlivened once again and excited, the young man was shot just as they endeavoured to run out as was instructed. If they…

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