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HURIWA’s Memo tasks NASS on Rule of Law, sundry issues

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Testing the Trump doctrine

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The Buhari administration and their cemetery tales, By Segun Adeniyi

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Is Nigeria ready for electronic voting?

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The new Sanusi

The new Sanusi The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has assumed a new social outlook. Or so it seems. He is no longer content with irredentism of any sort. He appears to be breaking loose from the narrow confines of religion and region. This new disposition may have induced him to confront the...... more

What can we learn from Malabu? asks Segun Adeniyi

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How to create an authentic brand story

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Living with death in Nigeria, By Olusegun Adeniyi

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What is in a certificate?

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Managing disasters in a disastrous era

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Ile-Ife and the Nigerian Tragedy, By SEGUN ADENIYI

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Policy incoherence fuels herdsmen’s attacks

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Coca Cola and NAFDAC as public enemies

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El-Rufai in the wilderness

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The silent battles of life, By Segun Adeniyi

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One-point agenda for new CJN

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Hameed Ali versus the Senate

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Can Ugwuanyi eradicate Osu caste system?

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Nigeria’s dependence on oil is not 75 percent, it is 8 percent – hence we have a future (Part One)

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Prisoner of conscience

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