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It’s Time To Call Out Lai Mohammed’s Social Media Paranoia By David Hundeyin

In January, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed gave an interview to the German broadcaster DW where he comprehensively and repeatedly denied all knowledge of the “Protection from Internet Falsehood & Manipulation” bill, also known as the “Social Media” bill. When DW’s Tim Sebastian asked him point blank “Are you in support of this bill or not?” Mr. Mohammed’s answer was “I’m not even aware of that bill.” Given the year that 2020 has turned out to be, one would be forgiven for forgetting that January 2020 and right now are…

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The Nigerian Military Under The Control Of Stone Age Despots By Richard Odusanya

The Revelations from Global rights group, Amnesty International on the shootings of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020 is very mournful. The timeline collates photographs and video footage to confirm that Nigerian Army vehicles left Bonny Camp, a military base approximately a seven-minute drive from the toll gate, at 6.29pm local time on October 20. Amnesty International seems to be answering more question than the Nigerian Goverment and doing so far more intelligently. They used tangible evidences to plot what happened unlike those who asked…

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Mark Zuckerberg, What Really Happened At Lekki? By Koye-Ladele Mofehintoluwa

The Lekki Toll Gate incidence has raised a lot of controversy. The certainty of what really happened has become caught in multiple narratives. While many stick to it that a massacre occurred, the government insists there was only a shooting of blank bullets and where there were few civilian casualties. On the night of the incident, the news was first that 49 Nigerians or more had been shot dead by the Nigerian Army at Lekki Toll Gate while trying to enforce a curfew that was first fixed for 4pm, then…

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Win Or Lose, Trump Is A Danger To Africa By Azu Ishiekwene

If Donald J. Trump were President of Wakanda on the eve of an election, that country would have received several warnings from the US State Department on the need for free and fair polls, and the necessity for all parties to play by the rules. But what is playing by the rules if parties will not accept an orderly transfer of power? During two recent off-cycle state elections in the South of Nigeria, for example, the US Embassy threatened to invoke visa restrictions on candidates, agents or security officials who…

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The Ahmadu Bello Syndrome: The Curse Of Nigeria By B.U Nwosu

The cat is out of the bag in Nigeria! The ongoing massacre, arrest, and incarceration of Nigerian youth across the Southern region by the hounds of the British Empire masquerading as Nigerian soldiers and police officers, shows who is actually calling the shots in Nigeria. The most powerful person in Nigeria is never the President or any of the motley figures parading the chambers of parliament in Nigeria. No, it has always been the British High Commissioner to Nigeria. He or she rules Nigeria through the Fulani elite for the…

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Bola Tinubu: Enemy Of Yoruba Nation And His Enemies By Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

The brouhaha over the article: “Bola Tinubu: The Fall Of An Emperor at Lekki toll gate”, will continue to generate different reactions from friends and foes, probably till 2023, when the manifestation or otherwise of this fall shall become evident before Lagosians, Nigerians and the world at large. There is nothing unethical or ethnical about unveiling the masquerade,  named Jagaban, who has in over two decades learnt and perfected  his dancing skills and performed eye popping somersaults to the admiration and envy of his admirer and foes respectively. The people…

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Buhari Or Any President From The North Will Resist Change By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Poverty. Corruption. Unemployment. Police brutality. Armed robbery. Hunger. Crippling economy. Kidnapping. Boko Haram. Fulani herdsmen terrorists. Crumbling schools. Dilapidated infrastructure. Sub-standard education. Epileptic electricity. Lack of portable water. No hospitals. No drugs. No healthcare coverage. No social safety net. Nothing works. Nigerians wonder why these calamities are not enough to shake Buhari out of his comfortable, familiar stupor. There is an absolute brake on change in this country. Every Nigerian acknowledges these problems. Every Nigerian agrees that the problems require a visionary leader. A young, energetic, vibrant, and brilliant leader.…

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Analysis: NBC Fine On Arise, AIT And Channels TV Is Illegal By Festus Ogun

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Channels Television, AIT and Arise TV N3 million each over their “unprofessional coverage” of the historical EndSARS protests and the unfortunate carnage that followed suit. The announcement was made in Abuja by the Acting Director-General of NBC, Prof Armstrong Idachaba who said the reportage of the protests by the stations was capable of leading to a breakdown of law and order but the option of fine will serve as a warning to the stations and others. Like many other Nigerians, the imposition of…

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#LekkiShooting & The Looting: Why Some Nigerians Are Living In Denial By Fadumo Abiodun Paul

Many Nigerians are (mini) psychopaths and our priggish nature has blinded us to the reality in our society. We have managed to create a society where some people have to scramble for food: the most basic on the hierarchy of needs. Were we expecting them to wait till they fall sick and die out of hunger? If you’re going to blame a poorly behaved child, be sure to examine his/her parents who have probably modeled for him such behaviour. Sane societies are products of good leadership across the board, when…

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Does The FCT Have A Minister? By Fredrick Nwabufo

There is no government presence in the federal capital territory (FCT). Yes. In fact, there is no such thing as leadership in the FCT. If there was, I would certainly know being a habitué of the city. There are only vulgar structures which are purely administrative habitations of the federal government. Beyond the vast jungle of bricks and glass, the FCT is rudderless. There are many sore points in the ungovernance of the FCT. But I will situate my concerns in only two. Security is in a parlous state and…

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