Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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    The promised land of Ruga: A time bomb

The promised land of Ruga: A time bomb

BY MIRIAM SHEHUFor those familiar with the Holy Scriptures, the idea of a Promised Land was a significant component of the migration of the Jews from the land of Egypt. It was a migration anchored on the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey. For the promise of this land to materialise, it simply meant that the previous [...]

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    Nigeria’s enlightenment era should start now

Nigeria’s enlightenment era should start now

BY NDIDI UWECHUE   Given all the killings, terrorism, violence and insecurity happening in Nigeria, and add to it systemic corruption, I have taken it upon myself, as my patriotic duty, to guide citizens, particularly young people, so that they can make the best choices at this time of increasing chaos and turmoil.Citizens ought to develop an interest in the way [...]

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    Christianity in Nigeria: Irrelevance looms

Christianity in Nigeria: Irrelevance looms

BY ZIKEYI JOHNChristianity in Nigeria, on the evidence of filled church pews and mega-crusades, each heaving with millions of worshippers at any given time, appear to be in rude health. The perception of the faith being in robust health finds expression in statements such as “the Devil is a liar”, “the gates of Hell shall not prevail” and “the Kingdom [...]

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    A freedom from hate

A freedom from hate

BY NUHU RIBADUI thank the management of the Pace-Setters College Abuja for the opportunity to interact with the graduating students and other students of this College.It is in conversations between generations like this that the young ones benefit from the experience of the aged. And it is said that the old are only wise because they have lived the life [...]

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    A welcome end to Unilorin ASUU crisis

A welcome end to Unilorin ASUU crisis

BY KUNLE AKOGUNAccord Concordia! That’s how the flamboyant Second Republic politician, the bombastic K. O. Mbadiwe, of blessed memory, would have described Wednesday, July 3rd 2019’s landmark move towards resolving the almost 20 years old feud between the University of Ilorin Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Union’s national body. Following series of fruitful consultations between [...]

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    Re: Makinde’s populism and sustainability

Re: Makinde’s populism and sustainability

BY LATI ABAYOMIThe piece by Yinka Olaitan opens by referring to Governor Seyi Makinde’s victory in the recently concluded 2019 governorship election in Oyo State as a stroke of luck, driven mainly by the fact that former governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi “stepped on sacred toes.” However, the margin of victory suggests otherwise.To understand this point further, one needs to look [...]

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    Rwanda on a path to the top

Rwanda on a path to the top

BY NOSA IYAMU Twenty-five years after Rwanda lost over a million lives in genocide, the East African country is on a fast track to the top, rising above its challenges and rebuilding both its economy and its pride as a nation.Just two and a half decades after witnessing one of the world’s most devastating atrocities, Rwanda is on the path to [...]

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    Buhari’s cabinet and youth inclusion

Buhari’s cabinet and youth inclusion

BY IBRAHIM FARUK Over the past five years, youth inclusion in democratic processes has gained global attention, buoyed largely by the emergence of young leaders across the world. In Nigeria, the Not Too Young To Run Movement addressed a major impediment to youth inclusion in the electoral process with the passage of the Not Too Young To Run (age reduction) bill. [...]

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    El-Rufai wrong on south developing while north is backward

El-Rufai wrong on south developing while north is backward

BY BABAFEMI OJUDUI love reading my friend Mallam El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State. You may not always agree with him. You may not like his style. Some even think he talks too much. But here is a man who is passionate about Nigeria, and about governance. He fears no foe and he says and do what he believes in.I [...]

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    Why doctors are leaving Nigeria and how the problem can be fixed

Why doctors are leaving Nigeria and how the problem can be fixed

BY OLAYINKA STEPHEN ILESANMI Brain drain is a major challenge facing the Nigerian health system, leading to a dramatic reduction in the number of doctors in the country. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Nigeria is one of the three leading African sources of foreign-born physicians.Doctors leave for a variety of reasons depending on where they are in [...]

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    The demographic problem of northern Nigeria: Time to act

The demographic problem of northern Nigeria: Time to act

BY MOHAMMED BASHIR AHMEDAccording to the latest population projections by the UNDP, Nigeria will by 2050 be the world's third most populous nation after India and China with a projected population of over 400 million. By extension, the north being the region with the highest numbers of persons in a family unit will contribute maybe at least 60% of this number. [...]

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    Of Abba Kyari’s detractors and their flight of fancy

Of Abba Kyari’s detractors and their flight of fancy

BY ADEMOLA BALOGUNThe orchestrated protests against Mallam Abba Kyari remains an unfortunate development in several respects.  Clearly sponsored by some  elements calling and timed for maximum effect the sponsored protest for the sacking of Mallam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari  was done in absolute bad fate by disgruntled elements.  At best it is an irritation and [...]

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    Abba Kyari and the hired traducers

Abba Kyari and the hired traducers

BY DEBO AKANNILong before the public demonstrations against Mallam Abba Kyari in Abuja and Kaduna last week, it has been more than obvious that some forces do not fancy him as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. They had accused him of all sorts. They had created a cabal and inserted him into it. They had excitedly whispered [...]

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    When the bell tolls

When the bell tolls

BY MAHMUD MUSTAPHAIn the past few weeks, alarm bells have been ringing about the danger facing the Nigerian economy. These alarm bells cannot be said to be frivolous or borne out of partisan inclinations because they are coming from tested economists and those who know about how well-run economies look like.The most recent is by the Emir of Kano, Lamido [...]

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    Akpabio and the cold hands of karma

Akpabio and the cold hands of karma

BY CELESTINE MELThe spectacle of events at the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Uyo, which came to a head yesterday as Senator Godswill Akpabio took the witness box to give evidence to support his claim of having been robbed of victory by Senator Chris Ekpenyong has triggered mixed emotions and a deep sense of sadness in me for many [...]

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    The Abba Kyari I know and the unfolding empty political brouhaha

The Abba Kyari I know and the unfolding empty political brouhaha

BY EMMANUEL YAW BENNEHThe modern history of Africa, more so African States, is one that does not engender much pride, glory and hope. Several reasons are given for this, not least, the deleterious effects of slavery, imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism. The lack of true leadership on the continent must also account for these States present predicament. True leadership here must be [...]

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