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The Chinese Prince and the Starving Tigers

The Chinese Prince and the Starving Tigers As one would expect from such IT persons, the duo of Mr Ye Zhenzhen, the CEO of People’s Daily Innovation and Mr David Chen, Vice President of Microsoft, dazzled their audience with the coming world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the implications for the new media age. This was at a...... more

Army and human right obligations

Army and human right obligations It is no longer that the Nigerian Army has commenced an internal military operation in the largely peaceful South-eastern states of Abia, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, and Ebonyi. It is also no longer news that the key civilian population that inhabit this geopolitical entity of the South-east stridently opposed the decision of...... more

Military occupation hampers democracy

Military occupation hampers democracy  “If justice be taken away, what are governments but great bands of robbers?”- Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE).  The logical scope of this Augustinian syllogism goes to the very essence of the human system of government. It goes also to the realm of the processes and mechanisms that political actors wielding power...... more

How does the python dance?

How does the python dance? I had thought that the operation code-named “Python Dance”, which the Nigerian Army launched in the South East in the twilight of 2016 meant something special in military parlance. I thought it represented an idea, which could make sense only to the initiated. But its translation into Igbo as “Egwu Eke”...... more

2019 and the Abuja Python Dance

2019 and the Abuja Python Dance It was not enough for the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, to say that she has pitched her political tent with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election race that has, for all practical purposes, been declared open; she also had to rub it in that...... more

Doctrine of deceit

Doctrine of deceit So much dishonesty is going on in the land at moment. Some Nigerians are pretending not to know what it means to restructure the country. The impression they give is that restructuring means different things to different people. For that reason, those who are not comfortable with the idea want it...... more

Beyond the other room

Beyond the other room Not content with dividing the ‘throne’ of Ibadan and dashing them to his 21 kings, essentially to spite the current Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Governor Abiola Ajimobi last weekend decided to add insult to injury: He said one of the young wives of the 89-year old monarch used to...... more

When Malala, Rihanna united for girls' education

When Malala, Rihanna united for girls' education Robyn Rihanna Fenty of Barbados and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan are two of a kind. These two females are of different epochs and geography, but in terms of charisma and the passionate drive to fast-track the educational emancipation of the girl-child globally, they are like birds of the same feather.  The...... more

Nigeria’s unity is unsettled

Nigeria’s unity is unsettled A time was when the military used to regale us with a mantra. And that was- that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable. The fixation of the military for the country’s unity at that time was understandable.   A war was fought to keep Nigeria together. It cost so much in human and...... more

Hate in the Age of Charlatans

Hate in the Age of Charlatans That most Nigerians are ever so judgmental when it comes to discussing the ‘other’ person is reflected in the fact that there is hardly any compassion or restraint in the interventions they provide, particularly in the public space. You need only to see the way Nigerians tear one another to shreds...... more

Between Hisbah Police and Biafra Security

Between Hisbah Police and Biafra Security Of all the works of intellectualising and global scholarship bequeathed to mankind by one of Black Africa's original thinkers - Prof Chinua Achebe - one tiny book entitled The Trouble with Nigeria stands out. Because, it remains profoundly rich in prophetic affirmations that continuously stand the test of time. In one of the...... more

Agonising mothers and traumatised children

Agonising mothers and traumatised children It is cries of woe and unending agonies all over the place. Mothers running helter-skelter as they camper into safety dragging their helpless children along with them. The images we see every day on our screens are distressing and the narratives that accompany such pictures are heart breaking. From Iraq to...... more

Hate speech, hate song

Hate speech, hate song Some concerned agencies of government, including the National Orientation Agency and the Ministry of Interior have been reacting very feebly to the hate speeches and hate song from the North directed at the Igbo. Their reactions miss the point in a very basic way. They have been talking in general terms....... more

President Buhari’s Message

President Buhari’s Message After more than 100 days away from the country, President Muhammadu Buhari returned last Saturday to a tumultuous welcome. It was an indication that he still commands the popular appeal that brought him to power despite the glaring failings of his administration. But his address to the nation on Monday fell...... more

As APC ‘brings’ order from chaos

As APC ‘brings’ order from chaos If you have ever visited a typical chain of brothels, then you will understand how chaos and disorder functions in real life situation. This is because traditionally, the red light district is a house of 'sin' and the ancillary activities that go with commercial sex, such as smoking and drunkenness. In...... more

A Season of Photographs

A Season of Photographs All over the world, smart politicians play to the gallery. And they do so with their cameramen in tow in an elaborate scheme that is now part of the game. Politicians carry babies in the market place. They pump fists with plumbers. They pose with books even when they are not...... more

Is Sultan moving into Abuja?

Is Sultan moving into Abuja? These are not the best times for Nigeria and Nigerians. The fact that in the last two years, Nigeria has invested more money paying for the health-care of our President in a foreign jurisdiction than we have committed towards providing maternal health-care in the whole country, is good enough evidence that...... more

Why does God permit evil?

Why does God permit evil? I do not intend to answer that question. It is even beyond the scope of this column. It is one of the philosophical questions that philosophers have, over the years, devoted much attention to. Being a philosophical question, it does not admit of easy solution. Needless to say, therefore, that there...... more

Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral First performed in 1935, ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ is a play by the 20th century British playwright and social critic, T. S. Eliot which tells the story of the assassination in 1170 AD of Archbishop Thomas Beckett by loyalists of the then British monarch, Henry II. In writing the drama, Eliot...... more

The agony of Nigerians

The agony of Nigerians As devoted human rights campaigners, our official and private lines are usually inundated with calls from distressed members of the civil society. These callers, ranging from housewives confronting different facets of brutal domestic abuses and violence, to single girls and men who have wandered the major streets of townships and cities...... more

Doctrine of deceit

Doctrine of deceit So much dishonesty is going on in the land at the moment. Some Nigerians are pretending not to know what it means to restructure the country. The impression they give is that restructuring means different things to different people. For that reason, those who are not comfortable with the idea want...... more

An Epidemic of Rape

An Epidemic of Rape There is hardly any member of my generation who did not watch the controversial rape revenge movie of the eighties titled, ‘I Spit on Your Grave’. The first time I watched the movie, which in 2010 made TIME magazine’s list of ten ‘most ridiculously violent’ movies of all times, I shed...... more

Nwoko: A Patriot’s role towards Paris Club refund

Nwoko: A Patriot’s role towards Paris Club refund When the military midwifed the current civilian dispensation in 1999, Prince Ned Nwoko – a Nigerian-born but United Kingdom – based maritime and human rights lawyer – was among the top-rank Nigerians who won elections to sit in the lower chamber of the National Assembly. Nwoko blazed a trail because –...... more

A buffoon before a buffoon after

A buffoon before a buffoon after We have always had buffoons who found themselves in position of authority. Although they were not many and history did not say mankind had been that very unlucky to have themselves ruled by idiots we still did have a few dotting the pages of history books and ancient dramaturgy. In recent...... more

Who created Nigeria: God or Lugard?

Who created Nigeria: God or Lugard?   This piece is not theological in nature, but a direct response to the statement often rendered by political office-holders in Nigeria each time certain agitations are raised for a fundamental restructuring, or overhauling of the structure of the polity. These persons, defending Nigeria as a divine product, are those who...... more

Kaduna declaration: What has changed?

Kaduna declaration: What has changed? We have just been told that the Coalition of Northern Youths, or by whatever name they are called, are considering reviewing the quit order, which they handed down to the Igbo living in their territory. One of them who spoke on national television a few days ago said they were thinking...... more

A nation of many actors

A nation of many actors Acting, according to Wkipedia, which is what most Nigerians rely on these days, “is an activity in which a story is told by means of its enactment by an actor or actress who adopts a character” while an “actor (often actress for female) is a person who portrays a character in a performance.” Again, according...... more

We’re drinking our oil and eating our children’s future

We’re drinking our oil and eating our children’s future In 2007, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was desperate to solve a conundrum that was nearly as old as Nigeria’s independence. It was an especially recalcitrant problem. Ibrahim Babangida, former Military President, also attempted to solve it in the late 80s but he failed. Upon return to democracy, Olusegun Obasanjo,...... more

What are we restructuring?

What are we restructuring? Nobody needed any telling that he was angry as he made his presentation. “Nigeria is a failed state”, Dr Abubakar Othman, who teaches African Poetry and Creative Writing at the University of Maiduguri, repeatedly declared before launching into a song, or more appropriately, a chant, rendered in a “strange” language. Even...... more

Footballers as patriots

Footballers as patriots As we struggle to untie the knots of discord and disunity, one group of compatriots that we ought to look upon as models are the footballers from Nigeria plying their trade in different European leagues. Nigeria, being one of the best-rated soccer-playing nations in the estimation of the global football governing...... more

 

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