Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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    Protecting freedom of expression in Nigeria

Protecting freedom of expression in Nigeria

BY OSAI OJIGHO On 28 February 2018, officials of Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) arrested and detained for seven days, Tony Ezimakor, the Abuja Bureau Chief of Daily Independent Newspaper for publishing a story on Boko Haram and alleged ransom payments for abductees. He had been interrogated about his sources which he declined to disclose. Similarly, Samuel Ogundipe, a journalist with Premium times was arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery squad [...]

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    Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi and the origin of religions

Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi and the origin of religions

BY RIDWAN JAMIU Recently, a BBC video interview with Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife went viral on the social media. His Royal Highness pontificated in the interview that Yorubaland is the origin of Islam and Catholicism. He claimed, among others, that Oodua or Oduduwa was the founder of the major religions: Islam and Christianity. He asserted that Oodua [...]

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    Mitigating Nigeria’s energy debacle for MSMEs through renewable energy

Mitigating Nigeria’s energy debacle for MSMEs through renewable energy

BY SMART CHUKWUMA AMAEFULA Nigeria is long known to be endowed with rich natural resources, including ubiquitous energy sources that come from both fossil and renewable energy. However, Nigeria’s energy poverty is still felt across regions and socio-economic spectrum of the nation. There is either lack of access to modern energy sources or there is the issue of having to cope [...]

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    2019: Who flies the APC flag better in Imo east?

2019: Who flies the APC flag better in Imo east?

BY EMMANUEL CHUKWUPrior to the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial primaries in Imo state, two names were very dominant for the Imo east senatorial seat, Barr. Chyma Anthony and Engr. Emma Ojinene. Both of them had at one point or the other aspired for political positions on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).While Ojinere had the ambition of [...]

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    Celebrating World Food Day 2018 – amid rising global hunger

Celebrating World Food Day 2018 – amid rising global hunger

BY KELECHI ONYEMAOBI The United Nations World Food Day, celebrated every year on October 16, is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger.Nigeria joined the rest of the world in celebrating the UN World Food Day on October 16, 2018 – amid growing concerns of rising global hunger, and mounting evidence of the links between conflict, poverty and food [...]

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    Obi as Atiku’s gambit for unity

Obi as Atiku’s gambit for unity

BY DANIEL ACHUMUGUThe choice of a former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi is the wisest political move by the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. It is particularly and symbolically significant because it comes at a time Nigeria is ever divided over the issue of power rotation, justice and equity. Given the increasing agitations across the country arising from [...]

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    Reflecting on the choice of Saraki as DG of Atiku’s campaign

Reflecting on the choice of Saraki as DG of Atiku’s campaign

BY THANKGOD UKACHUKWUNowadays, rumours in Nigerian politics most likely turn out to be true. As this article was written to appraise Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki’s brilliant and innovative presidential primary campaign, the National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party announced that Saraki has been appointed the Director General Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council by the PDP.Prior, a list [...]

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    Nigerians, vote for Evans 

Nigerians, vote for Evans 

This write-up is inspired by two individuals on ‘Nija’ Social Media.  The first poster, perhaps an imposter claiming to have a PhD suggested that Nigerians have tried someone with integrity and it has not worked (in his own estimation) and suggested it was time to try a thief. As a supporter of Atiku, he appears to be confirming that his candidate’s [...]

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    There is fire on the mountain: Buhari’s aides strategise against Atiku

There is fire on the mountain: Buhari’s aides strategise against Atiku

BY MAYOR IKOROHA“Uncle Lai, I heard that Atiku has chosen Peter Obi as his running mate. Few days ago it was Obasanjo swallowing his vomit, doing the unthinkable by endorsing Atiku as president. Now it is Peter Obi being chosen by Atiku as vice presidential candidate of the PDP. The social media space is agog with positive news for PDP [...]

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    Nobel Prize: Africa’s long silence and the missing prestige

Nobel Prize: Africa’s long silence and the missing prestige

BY ALAO ABIODUNAs humans, when we have something to look forward to or look ahead to something worth celebrating, we've the deep sense of reminiscing through the sweats of the past on the path of success. However, while we keep growing and advancing periodically as humans, it therefore requires the unpleasantness of unlearning too. There are times when we must [...]

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    The Atiku debacle vs Buhari Imbrogilo

The Atiku debacle vs Buhari Imbrogilo

BY GBENGA ADEOSUNIn 2019, Nigerians will troop to the polls in their large numbers to participate in the sixth general elections since the return of modern democracy to the nation in 1999. Taking predominance as usual is the most keenly contested and most significant of all, the Presidential elections which will hold on Saturday 19th February 2019. With the conclusion [...]

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    FGM, sexuality education and our options

FGM, sexuality education and our options

BY ‘SOLA FAGORUSI and NWACHUKWU KELECHUKWUIn Nigeria where everything related to sexuality is shrouded in darkness, little is known about sexuality education. Not much is taught in the classrooms, far too little is heard at home. When it comes to matters around sexuality, many teenagers learn from the Internet or friends. This also applies to issues about Female Genital Mutilation [...]

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    Why INEC is so wrong on Zamfara

Why INEC is so wrong on Zamfara

BY AHMED A. AHMEDZamfara state has continued on a very controversial path, following the inability of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to produce a candidate for the gubernatorial and legislative elections billed for February and March 2019. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had instructed that all parties in the country to conclude primary elections and have final candidates [...]

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    Feeding through agricultural innovations

Feeding through agricultural innovations

BY MIKE JOHNOne of the real difficulties that Nigeria is facing as a country is its failure to sustain its overflowing populace. This is regardless of its huge arable land for agribusiness and favourable climate all seasons. For sure, it is a mystery that nations that once in a while have downpours and those in total deserts have some way [...]

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    How Atiku’s candidacy is quaking Buharists

How Atiku’s candidacy is quaking Buharists

BY CHIDIEBERE NWOBODOThe die is cast. The stage is set. History beckons. Nigerians are about to witness the fiercest political royal rumble in the annals of our political punditry come 2019. The primary election of former vice president Waziri Atiku Abubakar as formidable presidential candidate of the PDP has practically altered the entire political permutations cum matrix, as far as [...]

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    Has the APC shortchanged Nigerians?

Has the APC shortchanged Nigerians?

BY ADEMOLA O. FASHIKU If elections can be likened to heavyweight boxing contests, then the 2019 Presidential election will be a re-match of epic proportions. Already, the traffic we have seen across the political landscape, the overt and covert manoeuvres of the different gladiators – pretenders and contenders alike – and their cohorts foreshadow a set of compelling and interesting narratives [...]

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