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Generational Tension And Children Up In Arms By Azu Ishiekwene

I was visiting a senior over the weekend when our conversation devolved into the soul of the Nigerian banter: how is the country going, I asked? He paused. After a moment of reflection, he took a deep breath and said, “There is tension.” I thought that was obvious and required no special gift to see. The tension sucks. There is tension between those in government and those who are not. Even among those in government, there is tension between the cabal and the fringe players. Tension between those who think…

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Traditional Institution Bill – A Plot To Break A Working System, By Dr Nasir Aminu

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly – Abraham Lincoln Zazzau emirate is regarded as a key traditional institution in Nigeria with embedded customs. It is an institution whose legitimacy is based on association with traditional governance methods and connected with the Fulani custom. The emirate system is designed to make policy implementation effective and efficient because it is the closest to the community. The feedback provided to the government on the social well-being of the society signals the effects of policies. Whenever there is a break in trust between the political leaders and the constituents, the traditional leaders work tirelessly to rebuild it. One can consider them as the political fire…

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New IGP, Ebube Agu And Other Stories, By Reuben Abati

The removal of former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu by President Muhammadu Buhari 27 days to the end of the three months extension that the President granted him on February 4, is now seen by those who opposed that extension as a vindication of their position. The official excuse at the time was that the President needed a period of three months to look for a proper replacement. or as Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi put it, to “ensure a smooth handover”. This was pooh-poohed as a sign…

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Why The Courts Are Locked, By Ebun Olu

The past one week has been very challenging for judges, lawyers and litigants alike, as the court system became paralyzed all over the nation, due to the ongoing industrial action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, over its demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary. It’s been a very delicate rope for lawyers to navigate through, being a matter of choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea. If lawyers support JUSUN for the strike to continue, they lose revenue and slow down the progress of their…

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Nigeria: Will It Be Confederation or Dissolution? By Ndidi Uwechue

For more than a decade, reasonable Nigerians had been calling for true Federalism to return to the country because the Unitary system practised since 1966, was unjust and therefore not working. Those agitating for this reorganisation simply called it “Restructuring”. The government of Buhari and Osinbajo was elected in 2015 on their promise of giving Nigerians the Restructuring they wanted. However, once in power, they failed to honour this promise in their party’s Manifesto to “…implement efficient public financial management strategies and ensure true Federalism”. Despite appeals from numerous quarters…

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The Voice Of Bishop Kukah Crying In The Wilderness By Owei Lakemfa

EASTER is a season of peace. But what peace can there be when evil struts the land in the garb of bandits and terrorists maiming and killing? What peace can be proclaimed over a land in which even state governors with full security complement are being attacked? It was, therefore, logical for the reflective Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, in his 2021 Easter Homily to address these issues and those of deficit governance that engender them. He lamented that the country has become a massive killing…

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The Necessity For Oduduwa Nation By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Yorubas are trapped in a vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty, disease, sickness, and death. There seems no way out. No way of escape. Yoruba politicians – governors, senators, reps at state and federal levels – benefactors of the rotten system, join the Fulani at the helm to oppress Yorubas. Yoruba masses remain trapped in the slums. Because there seems to be no hope or no other escape, Yoruba youths turn to armed robbers, yahooyahoo boys. Yoruba girls turn to prostitutes. Both seeking an escape. Our mothers and fathers, brothers, sisters,…

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Breaking Through COVID-19 Vaccine Inequality, By Kibo Ngowi

The development of several COVID-19 vaccines has brought the promise of defeating a global pandemic that’s already claimed millions of lives but inequality in access to these medicines is threatening to create a severely unequal recovery.  Accountability Lab is proud to be among the signatories of the C20-L20 TRIPS statement supporting a waiver to increase supplies of vaccines throughout the world. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) the sixth public health emergency of international concern. Now, more than a year into the global pandemic, signs of…

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Sheikh Pantami: Our Communication Minister And American Watch-List On Terrorism By Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown is an ancient English adage to capture the challenge of leadership. This is not the best of time for Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari who though have been sleeping on duty since his 2nd term re-election in 2019, he was forced to take a short rest in his resting Presidency away from Nigeria in the UK. How short this rest will be is at the mercy of Garba Shehu who alone will inform us when the rest is over. Though, Personal Assistant to…

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The Truth That Hurt Onoja, By Usman Okai Austin

Over the weekend, convener of #RevolutionNow movement and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore and the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Edward Onoja, were involved in a social media war of words. Edward’s daughter was recently admitted into the prestigious Nile University as a student. ( I have to put that student there to avoid Nigerians asking me whether she was admitted as a patient or a security agent). An elated Edward Onoja took to his Twitter handle to wish his beloved daughter God speed ( whatever that means. You…

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