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Sunday Igboho And The Yoruba Nation By Reuben Abati

In the past week, in the South Western part of Nigeria, we have been treated to stories of conflicts in Ondo and Oyo States between herdsmen, identified as Fulani, and the Yoruba owners of indigenous communities. In Ondo state, the issue at stake is the conversion of the state’s forest reserves into a criminal space by herdsmen who violate the integrity of the reserves and a hide-out for kidnaping, extortion and killings. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu affirming his powers as the Chief Security Officer of the state gave a seven-day ultimatum…

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Abuja Under Siege By Bandits, But DSS, Army After Agitators In South-East, By Fredrick Nwabufo

Abuja is under siege. Terror lives and breathes here. Citizens are kidnapped every day from their homes but sadly, some of these tragedies escape outrage and alarm. There is a false sense of security in the federal capital territory (FCT) – the flawed assumption of safety – which has enabled the atrocities of bandits in the nation’s capital to persist without hysteria. Security agencies – all with headquarters in Abuja – get away with non-performance as regards the FCT largely because of this false sense of security by residents. No…

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Buhari’s War Of Genocide Against Yorubas Is Catalyst For Oduduwa Nation By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Nigerians never envisaged a future Hitler until General Muhammadu Buhari became president. Buhari has jailed hundreds of prisoners of conscience solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, association, and assembly in a campaign of ruthless suppression on human rights. Buhari employs federal security apparatus controlled by Fulanis to cow Nigerians. Buhari is fast moving Nigeria from a flawed democracy into a war of genocide against Yorubas. Since he came to power, he has vigorously, relentlessly, ruthlessly, and systematically pursued the murder of Yorubas. He has caused serious…

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Revolution Not War By Adeyeye Olorunfemi

Let me start by asking students of history what year Ojukwu died. 2011 right? 44 years from the beginning of the war. Good.  Yakubu Gowon is still alive. But over 3 million people who never travelled to Aburi to sign any accord died during the pogrom as far back as 1967. Just cause or not, the elite are mostly protected during wars while the masses are led to slaughter. First point made.  I agree that there is war already. The Nigerian State is fighting the masses through all means including…

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Analysis: Akeredolu’s Vacation Order To Herdsmen Is Legal And Constitutional By Festus Ogun

The seven-day ultimatum given to Fulani herdsmen to vacate forest reserves within Ondo State by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN has since generated heated controversies. While the Federal Government declared that the Governor lacks the constitutional power to issue quit notice to anyone in the State, the Governor and some other socio-cultural groups like Afenifere insisted that the vacation order remains valid. The purpose of this intervention, therefore, is to attempt a legal dissection of the constitutional validity of the vacation order vis-à-vis the public interest concerns arising from the policy.…

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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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