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    If Amotekun is illegitimate, what precisely is legitimate in Nigeria?

If Amotekun is illegitimate, what precisely is legitimate in Nigeria?

How can anyone call himself my political-leader when he keeps quiet when he should speak for me? Late chief Obafemi Awolowo wouldn’t have kept quiet if he were alive at this moment. Nothing shuts the mouths of political-leaders more than when self takes the place of vision—that is clear. It is discreditable that many South-West people still see some selfish-people [...]

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    A new case for a Commonwealth based on trade

A new case for a Commonwealth based on trade

The United Kingdom’s exit of the European Union is now all but certain. Only the passage of time will reveal what their new relationship shall be. But with this new arrangement, I – like many other Commonwealth leaders – also seek a new settlement: not only of closer relations between the UK and my own nation, but of unleashing trade [...]

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    Do Buhari, Malami know a man called Tafawa Balewa?

Do Buhari, Malami know a man called Tafawa Balewa?

Apparently a young officer of the Nigerian Army at the time Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the Nigerian Prime Minister from 1957-1966, it goes without saying that President Muhammadu Buhari must know of Balewa, even if he didn’t know him. Conversely however, if his official birthday of April 17, 1967 is indeed real, Abubakar Malami probably encountered Balewa as a historical [...]

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    Amotekun: Leopard on the spot

Amotekun: Leopard on the spot

Since the introduction of Shari’a law in Zamfara state in January 2000, nothing else has tested the sanctity of Nigeria’s practice of federalism like the launch of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), better known as Operation Amotekun (the Yoruba word for leopard), by the south-western states on January 9, 2020. The stated aim of Operation Amotekun is to complement [...]

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    One year after the lassa fever conference: Are we rising to the challenge?

One year after the lassa fever conference: Are we rising to the challenge?

About a year ago, nearly 700 people from 15 countries across the world gathered in Abuja, Nigeria for the first Lassa Fever International Conference in Nigeria. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and our partners hosted this two-day event on the 16th and 17th of January 2019, to mark fifty years since the Lassa fever virus was first discovered in Nigeria. [...]

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    Can Amotekun really cost south-west 2023 presidency as Miyetti Allah warned?

Can Amotekun really cost south-west 2023 presidency as Miyetti Allah warned?

In my column article of January 6 – a riposte to Isa Funtua’s prejudiced utterance on the Igbo -- I wrote: ‘’Funtua’s statement reeks of corpulent arrogance, bigotry and acute sense of entitlement. It reinforces the stereotype that his section of the country bullies any region that does not kiss the ring of the caliphate.’’I was not surprised that Arewa [...]

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    What the Ostrich told Amotekun

What the Ostrich told Amotekun

There’s a reason why we’re the world’s largest ostrich farm. And that reason was given yet again in legalese in the response of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to Amotekun, the regional security network launched by the six South west states last week.In nice words that invite the governors to hell, while still making them look forward [...]

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    Masari and child bandits in Katsina forest

Masari and child bandits in Katsina forest

Finally, the chickens have come home to roost! The misdeeds of Nigeria’s leaders are coming back to haunt them. Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State painted a vivid picture of this during the week when he spoke about the horrors locked in the Northern forest, where anyone could get hundreds of armed men almost for free. He said that the [...]

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    The path to grow Nigeria’s aviation

The path to grow Nigeria’s aviation

For a long time aviation stakeholders have been expressing concern over the stagnant or retarding predicament of this massive sector, considering our natural, human and economic potentials. Perhaps based on these factors, including the $1.3 billion annually repatriated by foreign airlines, Senator Hadi Sirika put out a plan over four years ago to set up a national airline.Various media reports [...]

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    Dreams from my mother

Dreams from my mother

Last week Tuesday, close to midnight, the bell tolled. My dear mum, Deaconess Esther Apinke Sulatu Adio, crossed over to the great beyond. She was laid to rest on Friday. A chapter, a very important one, came to a close. Another chapter has been unfurled. My six siblings and I are now in the league of the motherless, a status [...]

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