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    The antidote to hate speech isn’t ‘hate speech bill’, it’s good governance

The antidote to hate speech isn’t ‘hate speech bill’, it’s good governance

When people are in power, for either four (4) or eight (8) years, it would look like they are going to be in power for eternity. Either four (4) or eight (8) years is not a long time. Before you say jack, you are already out of your current office, becoming an “ordinary” citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. [...]

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    The resurfacing of the hate speech bill

The resurfacing of the hate speech bill

Many Nigerians were taken aback on Tuesday, November 12 2019, when news filtered that the Hate Speech Bill, first introduced in March last year under the eighth Senate, passed the first hearing at the plenary. The Bill, entitled, “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (etc) Bill 2019, was sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator [...]

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    Forget it, the Nigerian project is irredeemable

Forget it, the Nigerian project is irredeemable

Yes. Be alarmed. That is the whole idea. I have many cogent reasons for thinking this way but the most prominent is that there is no elite consensus to make the painful sacrifices that will lunge project Nigeria forward. Every group and every individual is holding on to their own advantages and in fact looking for more. As it type [...]

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    Setting agenda for UNN’s witchcraft conference

Setting agenda for UNN’s witchcraft conference

Barring any last minute delay, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, will hold its conference on witchcraft in a matter of days. Tagged “Witchcraft: Meaning, factors and practices,’’ the conference, to be convened by the Professor B.I.C Ijomah Centre for Policy and Research Institute, is scheduled to take place between November 26 and 27.A notice of the event indicates that David [...]

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    Hate speech, death sentence and the Nigeria senate

Hate speech, death sentence and the Nigeria senate

Life is is a paradox. Human mostly focuses on seemingly irrelevant by vigorously attacking the ringworm in their bodies while leaving leprosy that is ravaging the same body. For majority of  Nigerians, life has become hell of a place. To eat once or twice a day is  a big issue. People in authority  who should focus attention on this will [...]

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    Why a free and fair election in Kogi on Saturday is impossible

Why a free and fair election in Kogi on Saturday is impossible

I have bad news! It is evident there will be no election in Kogi on Saturday. I don’t foresee Arthur-Nzeribe type Association for Better Nigeria securing a midnight injunction to prevent the democratic process from taking place; that process would go ahead.Already, INEC officials and materials are on location. So are so-called security officials. These are the recipes for a [...]

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    Why Bello is coming back, and Bayelsa may fall

Why Bello is coming back, and Bayelsa may fall

 By last week, the governorship/senatorial election in Kogi State had been reduced to a sex duel, with Senator Dino Melaye inviting his arch rival, Governor Yahaya Bello, to a mojo contest.Kogi’s number one problem in the last two decades has been poverty, not a shortage of testosterone. The state’s monthly allocation is five times smaller than what Dangote gets monthly [...]

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    Laolu Akande: The supplanter comes full throttle 

Laolu Akande: The supplanter comes full throttle 

I ordinarily do not rejoind rejoinders to my pieces. My philosophy is that, the same freedom I enjoy to air my views is same the person penning the rejoinder has. However, I have had to break this principle, in reply to the doggerel written by Mr. Laolu Akande, the Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media. Of a truth, [...]

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    Hate-speech bill: How do we exorcise Ahmad Lawan’s senate? 

Hate-speech bill: How do we exorcise Ahmad Lawan’s senate? 

The senate marshalled by Ahmad Lawan has been convincing in confirming the stereotypes and assumptions about the institution. In July, I wrote about Lawan’s obsequiousness and desperation to please President Buhari whom he described as his ‘’close friend’’.I say again, Lawan has been dutiful in his obligation of inking ‘’rubber-stamp’’ on the senate. Soon after he became senate president, he [...]

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    Philanthropy: Femi Otedola’s example

Philanthropy: Femi Otedola’s example

“God has been so kind, the only way I can show my gratitude to Him is to use my resources to support those who are underprivileged. This I intend to do for the rest of my life. In a world full of conflicts, diseases, calamities and inequality, we all need to show the milk of human kindness, to reach out [...]

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