Saturday, August 3, 2019

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    The Festus Adedayo that should hold himself high

The Festus Adedayo that should hold himself high

BY SEMIU AKANMUThe dominating news wave in the last 72 hours must have been the Festus Adedayo’s hitherto appointment as special adviser on media and publicity to the new senate president, Lawan Ahmad. Its generated sensations and cyber fisticuffs -with pro and anti-armies of proportionate arsenal- can only be rivalled by the famous Tonto Dikeh’s 40 seconds challenge.I have [...]

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    Buratai: How not to rewrite history

Buratai: How not to rewrite history

BY DAVID ONMEJESometimes, I prefer to allow certain media publications pass without the necessary reactions. But I have burdened myself by ardently believing in the axiom that silence, means consent or approval of an act which falls prostrate before reason, facts, truths and wisdom.The penchant of some Nigerian media to celebrate negativity in sensationalism most times unsettles me. Some of [...]

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    Jibrin: The ‘kingmaker’ of Nigeria’s house of representatives

Jibrin: The ‘kingmaker’ of Nigeria’s house of representatives

BY IDRIS OMOLABAKEThe story of the emergence of former Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his successor, Femi Gbajabiamila, will be incomplete without adequate mention of the exploits of Abdulmumuni Jibrin, an influential member of the House of Representatives from Kano State.Jibrin has succeeded in 'installing' two different speakers of the House of Representatives in two different circumstances, first through a rebellion [...]

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    Buratai: When the sun attempted to rise at night

Buratai: When the sun attempted to rise at night

BY RICHARD MURPHYOne of the strategies often adopted to wear the troops of an opposing army down is to direct a campaign of disinformation at them. The objective may include creating a sense of division within the targeted army, greater return on investment will be anticipated by pitching the troops against commanders or vice versa. In the age of the [...]

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    Buratai: Epitomising courage in leadership

Buratai: Epitomising courage in leadership

BY IFURE ATAIFURE"All problems, personal, national, or combat, become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble. Carry the battle to the enemy! Lay your ship alongside his!"-- William Halsey, US navyGenuine leadership inspires confidence, trust and innate followership. It provides direction and sets [...]

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    Why it’s hard to stop Ebola spreading — between people and across borders

Why it’s hard to stop Ebola spreading — between people and across borders

BY Janusz Paweska Ebola has claimed around 1400 lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo while there are reports that two people have lost their lives in western Uganda. The Conversation Africa’s Ozayr Patel asked Janusz Paweska about how the disease has spread and what can be done.How is Ebola spread between human beings?The source of primary human infection with Ebola [...]

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    Why Boko Haram deploys lots of women suicide bombers

Why Boko Haram deploys lots of women suicide bombers

BY Jordan N Galehan Women have participated in political violence consistently over time. In more recent decades the suicide bomber role has become the predominant operational role for women to engage in. This is reflected in groups like the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Chechen Black Widows, and the Iraqi-affiliated movements, such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.This is true [...]

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    The case for a Christian president in 2023

The case for a Christian president in 2023

BY ZIKEYI JOHNCurrent estimates put the Christian and Muslim population in Nigeria at almost par, though some estimates give a slight edge to Muslims in the country. While the north is predominantly Muslim, the south is predominantly Christian. Yet, these broad categories ignore significant populations of both faiths across both sections of the country. For instance, the Middle Belt and [...]

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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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