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    Achieving peace in Niger Delta without military fire

Achieving peace in Niger Delta without military fire

BY TOPE JAMESIt has been peace in the Niger Delta without much of military fire since Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai was appointed Chief of Army Staff, COAS, by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015. The incessant clashes between military and communities in the region that hitherto dominated media space has disappeared with his emergence as COAS. Though there were few [...]

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    Remembering Tienanmen Square protest and June 12

Remembering Tienanmen Square protest and June 12

BY ABAYOMI OGUNSANYAOn June 4, the world remembered, as it has done in the last thirty-years, the unfortunate incident at Tienanmen Square in the centre of Beijing in which hundreds of protesters were killed or mauled by the Chinese military at the behest of the Chinese government. During that protest, which was organised and led by students and their leaders [...]

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    The case for transformational leadership in Nigerian public sector

The case for transformational leadership in Nigerian public sector

BY U.B JUBRIL Over the last 11 years, we have worked as technical support providers in the Nigerian public sector. In that time, we have had first-hand experience of individuals and institutions at every level of government in more than 70% of the country. As an organisation, we pride ourselves that we are defined by certain fundamental philosophies; one of them [...]

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    Climate talks in Bonn: Who will the African delegates represent?

Climate talks in Bonn: Who will the African delegates represent?

BY PHILIP JAKPOR,  TONTIE NINADO & MILLLION BELAY You would not invite the arsonist who set fire to your house to put it out especially if their solution was adding more kerosene. So why are fossil fuel corporations (the same ones that for decades have derailed progress on climate) pouring such “kerosene” on our planet in the form of dangerous market [...]

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    A nation in contempt of history

A nation in contempt of history

BY DARA AKINYOSOYE President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated for a second term in office on May 29, 2019 after contesting and winning in presidential ballot of February 2019. The day Mr. President was inaugurated for a second term in office is of particular significance in Nigeria’s history not for any other peculiar reason but because on the same day in 1999 the [...]

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    Buratai and a new narrative for the army

Buratai and a new narrative for the army

BY OKANGA AGILAOften times, I hear Nigerians refer to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the counter insurgency operations in Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai as the digital Army Chief. This epaulet on the COAS is not fancy, but a true reflection of the leadership qualities and competence of a soldier who is transformative and visionary.Since [...]

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    Shaping the Africa narrative

Shaping the Africa narrative

BY VICTOR OLADOKUNIn 2018, the fictional country of Wakanda in the blockbuster movie Black Panther was ranked fourth as the most mentioned ‘country’ in Africa during TV broadcasts, according to a recent study by the University of Southern California.Coverage of Wakanda far exceeded mentions about African business, travel, health; sports, or development. While the finding is amusing, it is [...]

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    Day Adesina got honorary doctor in Canada

Day Adesina got honorary doctor in Canada

BY 'TOPE ORIOLA Former Nigerian minister of agriculture and rural development (2011-2015) and president of the African Development Bank Group, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, was on Tuesday, 4 June 2019 conferred with a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at the University of Alberta, Canada. Awarded by the University Senate, the Doctor of Science, alongside the Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Letters, [...]

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    Where are the churches and Christians of Nigeria?

Where are the churches and Christians of Nigeria?

BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJI We would like to begin our present article with the following passages from Prophet Hosea:“My people perish for want of knowledge. Since you yourself have rejected knowledge, so I shall reject you … Since you have forgotten the teaching of your God, I in my turn shall forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6).Our present article is inspired by [...]

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    Another look at ‘Do not die in their war’

Another look at ‘Do not die in their war’

BY FEMI ONILEAGBON Two qualities mark a great man: courage and selflessness. Often we ascribe greatness to the wrong sets of people, using material wealth and social status as criteria. The ones who are deprived of rights and entitlements are usually the ones who set the criteria by which they become slaves to the ‘great ones.’ The saddening aspect of this [...]

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    Facts about Kaduna religious preaching regulation bill

Facts about Kaduna religious preaching regulation bill

BY MUYIWA ADEKEYEKaduna state’s bill to regulate religious preaching outlaws the use of religion for incitement and encourages respect for the rights of others and compliance with the law in the practise of faith. It is yet to be signed by the governor, but it is expected to help return religion to the private sphere, encourage respect for the religious rights [...]

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    Prospects of the 9th senate

Prospects of the 9th senate

BY ROBERT ALABA The 8th senate is now history. All eyes are on the 9th senate and its prospects. Nigerians are gradually keenly becoming interested in the legislature and its leadership. As Nigerians, we all shall be more than interested in who becomes leader of the 9th senate. The composition of this senate is of people who came from different backgrounds, [...]

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    Menstruation: ‘I wish I was told NOT to be scared of it’

Menstruation: ‘I wish I was told NOT to be scared of it’

BY SOLA ABE Gift Osakwe was in primary five when she noticed blood stains on her classmate’s chair. She called her attention to it and it was taken care of, that was Gift’s first time of coming across menstruation but she didn’t think it was something important.When she got to junior secondary school, she was taught about menstruation in her first [...]

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    Celebrating four years of Dogara’s legislative reforms

Celebrating four years of Dogara’s legislative reforms

BY TURAKI HASSSANOn June 9, 2015, the 8th House of Representatives was inaugurated and Bauchi-born Barrister at Law, Hon Yakubu Dogara, emerged as the 14th Speaker following a keenly contested election which left many viewers on the edge of their seats.In his acceptance speech, Hon Dogara made a solemn declaration that under his leadership, the House “shall wage an unrelenting [...]

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    Why Kumuyi should not be ignored

Why Kumuyi should not be ignored

BY NKECHI ODOMAFirstly, let me start this piece by admitting that I am a proud Christian. In all my life, I strive to practice my Christian faith in consonance with the dictates of the Holy Scriptures as documented from the teachings of Jesus Christ. I am still far from meeting the minimal prescriptions as reflected in the teachings of Christ.But [...]

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