Thursday, February 21, 2019

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    How parents inflict pains on their daughters in the name of FGM

How parents inflict pains on their daughters in the name of FGM

BY BLESSING OLADUNJOYE For what purpose could a time to be circumcised and be inflicted with pains be described as? Many parents decide to circumcise their daughters because of the main purpose of sustaining culture and practicing archaic traditions. Female genital mutilation (FGM), which is the practice of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women is done [...]

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    Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the 2109 presidential elections

Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the 2109 presidential elections

BY EMMA AGU Cyprian Ekwensi’s novel: Survive the Peace was premised, among others, on the disrupted family ties and social relations that emerged in Igboland, after the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us, who witnessed the war, albeit as kids, will confirm that things actually went awry: Brothers turned against brothers; most time, as they squabbled over resources that were, indeed, [...]

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    Onnoghen saga: A call for national reflection

Onnoghen saga: A call for national reflection

BY GEORGE ANYIAM-OSIGWEThe Justice Walter Onnoghen saga is yet another interesting development in the national psyche of our country. In tandem with the developmental trend of our country, the public space suddenly witnessed a brouhaha arising from the announcement that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Onnoghen is in possession of some huge sums of money in his account. In [...]

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    A study in warfare

A study in warfare

BY DAVID ONMEJEThe story of the Nigerian Army is such that invokes memories of exploits, especially in the Sub Saharan Africa. In times past, the Nigerian Army won countless laurels in its operations so much to the envy of other nations. At a point, the Nigerian Army was adjudged one of the best professional armies in the world.Nigerians were indeed [...]

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    Why Uduaghan deserves Delta south senatorial seat

Why Uduaghan deserves Delta south senatorial seat

BY OVIE OPKARE Given the growing discontent among the people over the prolonged, unproductive occupation of the Delta South Senatorial seat in the National Assembly by Sen James Manager, former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, now of the All Progressives Congress, APC, towers as the standout candidate to take over the mantle in the 16 February general election.Aside his track record as former [...]

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    On that injurious and unhelpful relationship

On that injurious and unhelpful relationship

BY AMIRU HALILU "Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite." - Charles Spurgeon.Do you want to excel in the comity of masquerade's fans? If yes, try hypocrisy or be a hypocrite. These twin brothers have many buyers in today's world; but if anyone is doubting my claim, I challenge him to convey [...]

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    Nigeria’s constitutional crisis

Nigeria’s constitutional crisis

BY UDO JUDE ILO & ‘YEMI ADAMOLEKUNTwo weeks ago, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen and swore-in Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Acting Chief Justice. President Buhari was purportedly acting on an ex part order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal in response to a petition to the Code of Conduct Bureau against the [...]

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    Buratai’s midas touch on the Nigerian army educational landscape

Buratai’s midas touch on the Nigerian army educational landscape

BY ORINYA AGBESE“He has got the Midas touch. Anything he touches turns to gold”. Many of us might be familiar with that famous line in the beautiful soul rendition of the ’80s. Well, we are no longer in the ’80s, as someone is replicating the Midas touch once again. But this time around, in the Nigerian Army.The educational landscape in [...]

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    Are Nigeria’s universities hitting enough ‘goals’?

Are Nigeria’s universities hitting enough ‘goals’?

BY DAVID MBA AND VAL EKECHUKWUAre Nigeria’s 160 universities doing enough to support the country’s industrial growth? Our findings suggest that they are not. Compared with five rival emerging global economies – South Africa, Egypt, Thailand, Turkey and Brazil – Nigeria lags behind on all the measures we used.If published research by universities, for example,could be seen as points won [...]

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    Appraising Nigerian army’s strategy towards lasting peace in Taraba

Appraising Nigerian army’s strategy towards lasting peace in Taraba

BY JOHN HOSEAThere has been quite an upheaval on the operations of the Nigerian Army in Taraba state in recent times. So much so that it portrayed the Nigeria army as having ulterior motives in its activities in Taraba state, especially as it concerns the farmers/herders conflict.I recall that the Nigerian Army had on numerous occasions denied any form of [...]

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    Making sense of Aisha Buhari’s double standards

Making sense of Aisha Buhari’s double standards

BY ENIOLA DANIELAll I do as I look forward to the last minute to cast my vote for the next president of Nigeria, is to ‘sharpen’ my Permanent Voter Card (PVC), watch out for the latest comedy, as Nigeria itself has become a sort of home of comedy. Really, the country is just like the typical television series, Fuji House [...]

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    Nigeria’s north-east needs a sustained humanitarian response

Nigeria’s north-east needs a sustained humanitarian response

BY EDWARD KALLONThe humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states is among the ten most severe in the world, with some 7.1 million people in 2019 in need of urgent, life-saving assistance. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict that has led to widespread forced displacement, abuse, and violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.New and [...]

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    Onnoghen saga: Is it goodbye Nigeria?

Onnoghen saga: Is it goodbye Nigeria?

BY ANEKWE OBORJI Let us begin with the question: With the ongoing Chief Justice Onnoghen saga, could it be we are already at the point of “Bye-bye Nigeria” as we know it since 1914 amalgamation by the British? Is it time to say ‘Goodbye Nigeria’, the time is up? That is, after100 years of forced and unhappy marriage, the union of [...]

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    Onnoghen: Untangling a judicial heist

Onnoghen: Untangling a judicial heist

BY EMEKA NWADIOKE When the news broke on the planned arraignment of embattled Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the legal community was aghast. Essentially, the shock arose from the well settled position of both trial and appellate courts – including interestingly, the CCT – that being a judicial officer, Onnoghen must first be subjected to [...]

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    Another election year

Another election year

BY JOHN ODEYEMI Nigeria as a nation has come full circle again and will soon have to make the usual decision in its electoral process; making a choice between two bad choices! It is bewildering, to say the least, how a nation has become entrapped in a vicious cycle and recycling of the same system that has failed time and again. [...]

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    Cutting death and financial loss on the highway: An Austrian proposal

Cutting death and financial loss on the highway: An Austrian proposal

BY SAM EMEHELUOn Thursday June 28, 2018 one of the deadliest truck fire accidents of the year happened on the ‘Otedola” bridge; a major access point in and out of Nigeria biggest commercial city, Lagos.Casualty count: 54 vehicle, 12 lives, several injured persons and valuables on the spot.Like many other accidents that involved 5, 121 persons the previous year, no [...]

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