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Buhari, Now Is Time To Speak To The Fulani Youth, By Fredrick Nwabufo

Leadership must be responsive to diversity. It is the rudimentary ingredient to fostering unity among variegated people. Where leadership becomes insouciant to diversity, every other thing fails. This is where the Buhari administration hit its nadir. The government abused, disregarded and mismanaged the delicate ethnic and religious balance on which Nigeria pivots. In fact, President Buhari never cloaked his prejudice and oblique aspect. After the 2015 election, he infamously said those who gave him five percent vote were not deserving of the same treatment as those who gave him 97…

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Nigerian Presidency’s Subtle Defence Of Herders’ Crimes By Oluyemi Fasipe

The recent decision of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to close the state forest reserves to herdsmen’s activities because of the worsening security situation in the Sunshine State has curiously attracted a prompt combative reaction from Mallam Garba Shehu. The security challenges foisted on the people of Ondo State are centered on regular vices such as kidnapping for huge ransom, banditry, killing of notable citizens and rape of women – all of which have been linked to armed Fulani herdsmen. These atrocities have got to the crescendo before Governor…

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Ebele Obiano’s Designer Vaccination By Azu Ishiekwene

Whether Jean-Jacques Rousseau mis-credited the words to Marie-Antionette in Confessions or not, Nigeria is happy to supply a modern-day princess who has earned the title of Her Royal Spite-tress without controversy. And unlike Antionette reputed to have tossed the infamous pate, “Let them eat cake”, out her window when the mass of ordinary people in France were dying for bread crumbs, her Nigerian cousin travelled thousands of miles to find her groove.  Ebele Obiano is the wife of Willie, governor of one of Nigeria’s five south eastern states, with a…

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Governor Seyi Makinde: The Making Of A New Traitor By Rèmí Oyèyemí

I have just read the text of a speech delivered by the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, threatening the Yorùbá sons and daughters in Ibarapa area of the Pacesetter State, who are trying to protect their families from the murdering Fulani herdsmen. He is asking the Ibarapa sons and daughters, in the mode of that sentry of misery, Femi Adesina, that they give up their freedom and liberty, their lives and land. The speech which with enthusiasm, excoriated the Yorùbá victims of Fulani murders, kidnappings, raping and…

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Why Biden Is Bad News for Buhari But Good for Nigeria By SKC Ogbonnia

President Joseph Biden’s inaugural speech says it all. The United States of America has overcome the attempted coup of January 6, 2021 incited by President Donald Trump. The country is set to re-assert itself as the citadel of democracy. “Democracy has prevailed.”  Democracy has truly prevailed!  The coming of Biden, therefore, is not a welcome breeze to the temple of the world’s dictators, where President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria now has a permanent chair.   Buhari, remember, defeated President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 with the support of the United States under…

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I’m A ‘Herdsman’ — All Herdsmen Are Not Bandits, By Fredrick Nwabufo

Crime has no ethnic face. When criminality is defined according to ethnic origin or religion, social cohesion is threatened. There are people of criminal inclinations in every group, race, place and religion. In fact, we defeat the fight against insecurity if we lend ourselves to ethnic prejudices. The insecurity devouring Nigeria affects everyone – Igbo, Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Idoma, Jukun — and people of different religions. The criminals pillaging the country do not select victims based on ethnicity and religion. The devourers only come to steal, kill and destroy. A…

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Nigeria OP-ED Opinions 

A Nation at War with Itself. Femi Oluwasanmi, Ibafo, Ogun State

Written by Femi Oluwasanmi, The recent increase in the numbers of attacks on the media from some elites, overzealous officers, and fraction of the public shows that Nigeria is seriously at war with itself and needs a special therapy inorder to recuperate from the wound occasioned by this ignominious display and regain her rightful position in the comity of nation. On 6th January, 2021, three photo journalists with PUNCH, Leadership and Sun newspapers were assaulted while carring out their duty by the officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence…

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Trump And Wole Soyinka’s Green Card By Reuben Abati

On November 2, 2016, a week before the US Presidential elections of Nov. 8, 2016, Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature told a group of students at Oxford University’s Eretgun House that if Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, he would leave the United States and cut his green card into pieces. The Green Card is a permanent residence permit that allows you to live and work in the United States.  For more than 20 years, Professor Wole Soyinka had lived in the United States teaching…

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Letter From A Friend From The Country Of The Dead By Bayo Oluwasanmi

The country is called Dead. We arrived here late last night. Our team is led by a tender man of steel. None  of us has been in the country before. Though the rest of the world is gripped by the grieve of COVID-19 pandemic, life goes on undisturbed in Dead country. As we landed, the gathering clouds of conquest is palpably visible on the horizon. The inhabitants here are broken with baldness. Their glory has been destroyed. They are stripped of outer clothing and shorn like sheep. They look like…

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FUTA Deputy Registrar Shot By Bandits On Ilesa-Akure Highway Dies

Dr Amos Arijesuyo, a Deputy Registrar in the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, who was allegedly shot by some hoodlums on Saturday at Iwaraja area around Ilesa-Akure Expressway in Osun State, has reportedly passed away. Arijesuyo, who worked at the Guidance and Counselling section of the Students Affairs Department of the university, was allegedly attacked by the hoodlums, alongside his driver and one other unidentified person. The management of the university in a statement issued on Monday, disclosed that Arijesuyo died as a result of the injuries sustained…

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