Sunday, July 21, 2019

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    The unspeakable state of hostels at UNN

The unspeakable state of hostels at UNN

BY CHISOM MEFORFor the sake of this article, let me re-introduce myself. I am a 300 level undergraduate student of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I live in Tafawa Balewa Hostel, a place students are reduced to inhuman conditions. Let me assert that everything written here is thematic, though there are cross-references, it is wholly based on facts.Personally, I think if [...]

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    Sanwo-Olu at 54: Celebrating a man on mission for a greater Lagos

Sanwo-Olu at 54: Celebrating a man on mission for a greater Lagos

BY GBOYEGA AKOSILE A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something special _– Nelson Mandela. The above expression from one of the greatest ethical and political leaders of all-time aptly describes the man Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the 15th Governor of Lagos State who [...]

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    Should UNN be shut for a while over recurring suicide?

Should UNN be shut for a while over recurring suicide?

BY DODOH OKAFAR I read with trepidation a report narrating how another UNN student; the 4th in recent times, took his own life by drinking poisonous substance. The 400 level student identified as Samuel Elias was  of the Department of Religion and Culture. According to the mother, he got frustrated over his failure to round off his studies after the authorities [...]

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    Edo assembly: Perfecting the old order

Edo assembly: Perfecting the old order

BY OROBOSA OMO-OJOIt is raining actions (bizarre and usual) in Edo State polity as the actors take positions, leaving in trail victors and victims. This commentary is about the 24 men at Chief Anthony Enahoro’s Complex. It is about their tactical moves and very flawed actions. While a set relied on the old order, a new set deployed an improved version [...]

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    ‘Almajiranci’ – a literary perspective

‘Almajiranci’ – a literary perspective

By ISA SANUSIStatistics can be scary. But because they are largely abstract, we move on after a brief moment of shock or excitement. A survey jointly conducted by Nigerian government and the global children’s rights humanitarian agency UNICEF released frightening figures last year, detailing out-of-school-children across the country. Over 69 percent of such children, wandering aimlessly, in permanent destitution, are [...]

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    Can Lagosians trust this governor?

Can Lagosians trust this governor?

BY SUNDAY OSANYINTUYI Since I came to Lagos in June 1996, one of the common features the city is known for has not changed and I don’t think it will change soon. In fact, generations yet unborn may continue to live with the term if governance continues at this abysmal rate or level.The term “One Chance” is a known word and [...]

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    Ostentation, bane of African governance and leadership

Ostentation, bane of African governance and leadership

BY INNOCENT ADULUGBALiving like a king is the dream of billions of people but only the very wealthy can savour such indulgence. My recent amusement is the rate at which people own private jets especially in my country, Nigeria. I even try to calculate how many years a school leaver could work to afford one. The ease of affordability among [...]

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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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    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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    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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    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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