Saturday, November 17, 2018

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    Supreme Court of injustice

Supreme Court of injustice

By Godwin Onyeacholem President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the sympathy of the multitude of Nigerians and foreign friends who want him to succeed, the multitude yearning for the change he earnestly promised, that change the country can’t wait to see and which his administration has consistently insisted would be faithfully delivered.And he alone, no one else, would determine the destiny of this [...]

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    To Segun Adefila: Crown Troupe of Africa at 20

To Segun Adefila: Crown Troupe of Africa at 20

BY JAMES YEKU Dear Segun, Your Crown Troupe of Africa furnishes an avant-garde space that is yet unsurpassed in the recent history of Nigerian performance traditions. I first encountered Crown Troupe on stage at Iganmu, some miles from the Lagos suburbs where I grew up in Orile. The social commitment of the group’s performances was unmistakably pungent as the cast, inside the [...]

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    Looting the looters: The paradox of anti-corruption crusades

Looting the looters: The paradox of anti-corruption crusades

BY JOHN SUNDAY OJO Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. ― Friedrich NietzscheFrom Nigeria’s political nuptials, the ubiquitous ecology of corruption in institutional boulevard has been a cogged wheel that backpedaled developmental liberation, whereupon Nigerian [...]

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    Corruption fights back: EFCC vs a reactionary elite

Corruption fights back: EFCC vs a reactionary elite

By Chido Onumah & Godwin Onyeacholem Slowly but steadily, the ultra conservative wing of Nigeria’s largely self-absorbed and callous elite is spoiling for a fight. And it’s all about the renewed war against corruption which has induced in this group an emotion that can only be described as culture shock. As a result, the unconstructive and clearly combative reaction to a [...]

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    Abia appeal court ruling: A game that failed

Abia appeal court ruling: A game that failed

BY GODWIN ADINDU By now, those involved in the grand conspiracy to thwart the will of the people of Abia State would have realised that their plot has failed flat. After the Appeal Court ruling – a mere contraption of justice – the next game, as ordered by the Appeal Court judges, was to conduct a kangaroo swearing-in of Mr. Alex [...]

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    ICT industry review 2015: Company in focus – MTN Nigeria

ICT industry review 2015: Company in focus – MTN Nigeria

BY ANDREW IDEMUDIAN In 2015, ICT and telecoms operators in Nigeria adopted aggressive digitization and promotional strategies to improve infrastructure investments and data traffic, boost their capabilities, rationalise product and service offerings, improve customer experience, and evolve asset portfolios and business; and though the transition has not been smooth, key players in the space also had to develop new products and [...]

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    Northern academics and the future of literature

Northern academics and the future of literature

By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa I have always admired and still respect this generation of northern scholars and writers Usman Bugaje (pictured), Ibrahim Sulaiman, late Tijjani al-Miskin, Ibrahim Khalil, Hameed Boboyi, Auwal Yadudu, Abdalla Uba Adamu, Zainab Alkali, Balaraba Ramat, Attahiru Jega, Ibrahim Muazzam, Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, Bashir Galadanci and Bashir Aliyu. And the most senior Professors Sani Zahradeen, [...]

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    Tyranny is fighting back

Tyranny is fighting back

By Favour B. Afolabi As Tyranny as Corruption: indeed, the phrase "Corruption Fights Back" is true but it should also be noted that “Tyranny also fights back” and, sure 'an excuse of fighting Corruption' can be used by intending Tyrants to eliminate all those they consider, past, present, and future enemies - all under the cloak of fighting corruption - political [...]

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    Osun, agriculture and institutional partnerships

Osun, agriculture and institutional partnerships

BY FEMI BABATUNDE With the recent signing of the agreement between the globally renowned International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the State of Osun government led by the energetic yet visionary helmsman, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Osun is apparently treading an uncommon path of agricultural revolution capable of permanently changing her economic fortunes. The agreement is a culmination of a four-year [...]

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    Vampires in Zaria leave sorrow, tears and blood: Their regular trademark?

Vampires in Zaria leave sorrow, tears and blood: Their regular trademark?

BY AKIN OYAWALE I had taken a four-day hiatus from social media, and the internet more generally, due to some pressing tasks I had to accomplish. On my unceremonious return, I was greeted with a barrage of grisly images of civilians that had been allegedly brutally murdered in Zaria by the Nigerian Army.What made the situation more heart-wrenching was the [...]

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    Change in Nigeria’s healthcare system

Change in Nigeria’s healthcare system

By Edwin Okon Jr. Healthcare is a vital part of any society. The growth and wealth of a nation can be visible in the well-being of her citizens. Countries today are striving to improve health services and bolster productivity in the workforce by improving life expectancy, sustain committed approach to reducing maternal-infant mortality rates, eradicating communicable diseases and investing in human as [...]

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    How Nigeria will be buried

How Nigeria will be buried

By Emmanuel Uchenna Ugwu The most heartbreaking spectacle out of Zaria Massacre is not the heap of human corpses some trigger-happy soldiers of the Nigerian Army made out of the "Shiites". It is the anomalous reaction of the immediate neighborhood. The hosts of the tragedy mobbed the dead bodies and stripped them of all their material possessions!According to an eyewitness and [...]

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    MTN vs NCC: If I were the judge

MTN vs NCC: If I were the judge

by Dr. Abubakar Suleiman I have been forced to setup this imaginary court to hear the suit filed by MTN against the telecoms regulator (NCC) by the conversation I had with some MTN customer service personnel and my SIM validation experiences.  I don’t know how this SIM registration experience has been for you but if I ever have to preside over [...]

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    A case for Biafra

A case for Biafra

BY CHIKA ONYENEZI My mum was in the bathroom when fighter jets started bombing Enugu. Soon, Nigerian soldiers would enter Enugu. With her father and siblings, they left that night and moved back to their home in Awo-Omamma. They tried all they could to survive the war and hunger. The battle wasn't just fought militarily, hunger and psychological warfare followed. They [...]

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    As EFCC finds its teeth, again

As EFCC finds its teeth, again

By Ismail Balogun If there is one thing that ushered in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and gave it the overwhelming mandate of Nigerians, it is the campaign rhetoric of dealing with the monster stunting the growth of Nigeria – corruption. It was a campaign tool that hinged on the most critical issue of the moment, after the raging wave [...]

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    Between free speech and abusive speech

Between free speech and abusive speech

By Amir AbdulazeezThree apparently co-incidental events happened in quick succession in the past few weeks. The first was the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed’s meeting with Nigerian bloggers and social media influencers in Lagos where he stressed the Federal Government’s resolve to protect free speech, but tasked social media users on self-regulation. The second was the emergence of [...]

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