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Buhari’s Regime And The Conflict Of Loyalty By Adebayo Raphael

Perhaps a most pungent issue at the heart of Nigerian politics today is the issue of loyalty. A single factor with which a leader can become a god and a nation a superpower among peers; the absence of which, however, a politician or a nation may fail terribly.  Following the ruinous thirty years of military dictatorship and the hope, perhaps misplaced, or mismanaged, of better days that accompanied the beginning of our twenty-year-old democratic dispensation; Nigeria is facing a second-to-none period of catastrophic governance under the so-called democratic regime of General…

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The Current Nigerian Crisis: What, Really, Are The Fundamentals? By Omotoye Olorode

Again, Complaints, Complaints, Complaints! Yet, only three options with their possible combinations are being clearly canvassed: one is to do nothing; another is to organize for splitting the country; the third is to struggle for a class-based social transformation. Some of us, following the footsteps of our Comrades who are already on the other side of eternity have spent our entire lives struggling in various organized forms to achieve the option of class-based transformation! We are at the moment of truth. Instead of unending and unproductive social media harangue, our…

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The Zabarmari Rice Farm Massacre: Why We Cannot Be Silent By Stan Chu Ilo

Nigerians and the rest of the world woke up on Sunday morning to the sad news of yet another gruesome massacre of fellow Nigerians by suspected Islamic terrorists. According to the United Nations, in the early afternoon on 28 November, local time, suspected militants attacked civilian men and women while they were harvesting crops in Koshobe village and other rural communities in Jere Local Government Area, near Maiduguri, Bornu State. These 43 brothers and sisters of ours were all beheaded. The UN originally reported that 110 people were killed in…

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Oh My Niger State! By Mathias Baba Tsado

In a few hours from now Niger state workers would down their tools because of the governor’s inability to live up to his constitutional responsibilities, the workers were paid 70% of their salaries in June 2020 the labour union in the state have been in negotiations with the state government since then to refund the 30% cut from their June salaries but to show them how the governors despises them, he paid 50% of November salaries on the 27th of this month citing low FAAC allocation to the state. Many…

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Inside Nigeria’s Killing Fields By Reuben Abati

On Saturday, November 28, about 43 farmers who had gone to their farms during the current harvest season were attacked by Boko Haram terrorists. They were tied up; their hands behind their backs, one after the other their throats were slit. The United Nations puts the number of casualties at 110, not 43. Amnesty International says over 10 women and others are missing. The people of Zabarmari were so outraged they refused to bury the dead. They asked that the Governor of Borno State, Professor Baba Gana Zulum, must show…

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Ten Years After: It Is All About Panels Of Inquiry And No Accountability By Sule Jackson

It has been ten years since the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a preliminary examination into possible international crimes in Nigeria.  In 2015, the OTP identified eight potential cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity under Articles 7 and 8 of the Rome Statute, which would go on to broadly define the scope of its preliminary examinations in Nigeria. Of these eight “potential cases”, six concern conducts by Boko Haram and two conducts by the Nigerian Security Forces.    Nigerian government has…

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Massacres Do Not Necessarily Produce Corpses By Owei Lakemfa

There is a sickening campaign by some unfeeling persons that those who claim there were killings at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020 or are searching for missing loved ones who went to the protests, should produce the corpses. To this group, unless corpses are produced, there could not have been killings. This is like taunting the rest of the populace. These Trumpian propagandists are not even being fair to a government that says it wants to unravel the truth about what happened at the protest site. This campaign…

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Why Is Buhari Still Keeping The Failed Service Chiefs? By Fredrick Nwabufo

#ZabarmariMassacre! The farm is a place of sowing and reaping, and the most unlikeliest haunt of the grim reaper. But at least 43 citizens who went harvesting on their farm in Borno on Saturday had their souls harvested by the emissaries of hell — Boko Haram. How many more will have to die before the conscience of President Muhammadu Buhari is stirred to do the most expedient thing regarding the failed service chiefs? In December 2018, Boko Haram insurgents pulled a blitzkrieg on military formations in Baga, Borno state, sacking…

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Maradona: Adieu ‘Dieu’! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa

From the outset let me make two confessions. I love good organized professional soccer though it is not by any means the first in my interest list. The first remains the modern American professional wrestling. And the second is heavyweight boxing. Secondly, I had a problem deciding on what caption fits better the Maradona’s rag-to-riches, ghetto-to-city, fame-to-infamy story.  Since the beloved Diego was not an ordinary folk (though he rose from ordinariness to extra-ordinariness) his passage to the world beyond ought to be mourned with dignity. Several topics for this article…

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Tom Tugendhat: How Not To Fight A Good Fight By Kennedy Emetulu

“Now, some people will remember when General Gowon left Nigeria with half of the Central Bank, so it was said, and moved to London….”- Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling, Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee, House of Commons. The above are the words of Tom Tugendhat, a British Conservative parliamentarian while discussing the Nigerian government’s response to youth protest against police brutality at a meeting of the Petitions Committee of the UK Parliament on Monday, the 23rd of November, 2020. Tugendhat spoke broadly and knowledgeably about the problem of bad…

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