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Police: Charge Or Release Mubarak Bala By Leo Igwe

It is a month today since the police arrested Nigerian atheist, Mubarak Bala. It is still difficult to comprehend how the police had in the past four weeks connived with the petitioners to deny Mr. Bala his basic human rights. The petitioners and their sponsors have been in a triumphant mood, celebrating the arrest and illegal detention of a person who committed no crime. What was his alleged offense? He made a post on Facebook that was critical of the prophet of Islam. And nothing more! Since the arrest of…

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In Britain As In Nigeria: One Rule For Them, Another For Us By Baba Aye

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire over the last few days. Condemnation in the British mass and social media spaces have been far ranging, including from Bishops of the Church of England (i.e. Anglican Church) as well as columnists. This is not just over his government’s general bungling of the COVID-19 pandemic response, resulting in almost 40,000 deaths thus far. The immediate cause of concern is Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to the prime minister, his contemptuous disregard for the lockdown advice, and to rub salt on an open wound, the prime minister’s backing him and his flimsy…

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The Incessant Killings Of Innocent And Armless Nigerians By Nigerian Police By Adekunle Adeyemi (Scotty Aluta)

The rampant killing of innocent Nigerians by some members of the Nigeria Police Force in recent times has assumed an alarming rate. The situation is so grave that the authorities quickly need to address and put and end to it. Before now, killing of innocent Nigerians were very so rampant when the country was still groaning under the strangulation of military dictatorship. Perhaps, the more disturbing thing is the fact that such homicidal acts have continued unabated 21 years into democratic governance despite the fact that respect for human life…

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Buhari’s Fuji House Of Commotion By Fredrick Nwabufo

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration did not prime itself for leadership but power. The regime has titillated more attention from controversies stoked by internecine scrimmages than from any milestone project. It has been five years of intrigues, scandals, and the simply unbelievable. Really, the life of the regime has been more dramatic than a Telemundo soap opera. In October, 2016, just 17 months after the regime came to power, Aisha Buhari, matron of the villa, spun the conspiracy of a cabal in the government. The First Lady said she might…

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President Almajiri vs Haunted Almajiris By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Later this week, the interpreters of maladies and mad men without specialists of President Almajiri will celebrate five years in office of the aging dictator. They will tell you what Napoleon could not do, President Almajiri had done it. They will choke you with five years of toxic delicacies advertised as achievements of President Almajiri. Nothing could be deadly. Buyers beware! Majority of Nigerians agree that the past five years have been years of tyranny, oppression, division, diversion, poverty, and many unspeakable evils manufactured by President Almajiri. We know from…

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Bashir Ahmad’s Faux Pas By Tony Ademiluyi

In 2015, one Yinusa Dahiru a.k.a Yinusa Yellow, made the news headlines when he abducted one Ese Oruru from her mother’s shop in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, and made off with her to his base in Kano State. Ese’s mother cried out for the whole world to hear and child rights and women activists heard her loud cry as her abducted daughter was only 13 years old. Ese was later to convert to Islam and ‘married’ her abductor without her parents’ consent. Undeterred, her parents went to court on her behalf…

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NDDC: Who Is Afraid Of The President’s Order For A Forensic Audit? By Francis Udoka Ndimkoha

The Niger Delta Development Commission was established in the 3rd Quarter of the Year 2000, under the Act No.6 of the National Assembly which provides for the repeal of the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Commission Decree 1998. This bold move was geared towards a re-organized management structure for an effective commission by the Federal Government, in favour of the oil producing areas of the Nigeria, otherwise referred to as the Niger Delta region. The agitation for resource control by the Niger Delta region which has resulted in the 13…

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COVID-19: The Revival Must Start With Education By Seun Awogbenle

If there is ever a time that we require national reflection on the failure of Nigeria’s educational system to meet global standard and new reality, the present closure of schools as a result of COVID-19 appears to be that one time opportunity that we badly need to rethink what is presently called education in Nigeria. Aside that there are more than 13 million out of school children in Nigeria, a figure that is unequalled anywhere else in the world, our current inability to aid learning and instruction with digital technology…

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Atheist Sallah Message To Muslims By Leo Igwe

I am writing to extend warm greetings to all Muslims across the country on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr, being aware this message may come as a surprise to many of you. But it should not, especially for those who understand the history of humanism and atheism in the country. Humanism is not against Islam. Atheists are not against Muslims. Almost all members of the humanist/atheist community are very well versed in Islamic, Christian and various other religions. Most of us have religious ties. We have connections to Muslims; as friends…

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Ibrahim Gambari: To Aid Or To Abet? By Sonala Olumhense

Because I know Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambarirather well, I had initially decided not to participate in the conversations marking his taking of the office of Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.   But I know Nigeria even better, and it would be wrong to pretend that the former Minister, former Ambassador and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General does not factor very much in the evolving Nigerian story.   Some people say that Mr. Gambari is too old for the position of CoS.  While Buhari is clearly uncomfortable with younger people, I do not think that the issue with Gambari’s choice is age.  He is an older Nigerian, but there are many younger people he could…

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