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Nigeria: What a country, what a world, what an opportunity

Nigeria: What a country, what a world, what an opportunity You may have overheard someone say, “Nigeria is such a great opportunity”! What exactly are they talking about, you might ask? Is it sarcasm of the chaos and poor human development numbers so off-putting that we are all so familiar with? No. To many commentators, it is because Nigeria is rich...... more

Hate and horrors of irregular migration

Hate and horrors of irregular migration Once again, the nation is left to confront the hydra-headed monstrous existential challenge posed by the unimaginable horrors that steer our youngsters in the face, as they attempt to migrate to safer climes, due to the unprecedented rise in insecurity, instability, Islamic terrorism and the ever-expanding wars waged by armed bandits, targeting...... more

Buhari: The Soyinkas of the South West may have more tears to shed

Buhari: The Soyinkas of the South West may have more tears to shed There is an outcry from certain parts of the country over the Muhammadu Buhari presidency. The South and Middle Belt are wailing and weeping. They see the Buhari regime as one long night of drudgery. A good number of them are inclined to believe that they are in a trance. A certain...... more

How a Muslim woman entices a man in bed

How a Muslim woman entices a man in bed We are about to penetrate an adult-only zone. Children and the feeble of mind: Please find some other publications to read. PROCEDURE ONE: The Unwritten But Highly Prevalent Rule. Sex. Premarital sex to be precise. That is right. Much of it. The woman, young and elderly, samples the boyfriend or husband-to-be....... more

‘Na you f*ck up!’

‘Na you f*ck up!’ It was a simple tweet but what followed is a sad reminder of the loss of values that has made our country what it is today as we continue to build what my friend Bolaji Abdullahi described as a “nation of hustlers”. First, the tweet: “I lost my teaching job today...... more

Youths, wake up and smell the coffee

Youths, wake up and smell the coffee As a young school leaver still deciding what to do with my young creative life, I encountered a political journal from the rich collections of books in my elder brother’s law library, which spoke to the issues of America’s contemporary politics. My elder brother, who is almost 40 years post-call as...... more

President Buhari: How many more prisons for Shiites?

President Buhari: How many more prisons for Shiites? One of the most cherished values that marks out a society as genuinely humane and responsive to the yearnings of the generality of the citizenry, is the ability of the institutions of democracy to be stronger than individuals in such a robust manner that no single political office-holder can clothe himself...... more

Exploring women sexuality in Nigeria

Exploring women sexuality in Nigeria I have variously explored the sexuality of Muslim women in general and mine specifically, plus the expected and actual effects of female circumcision on a woman’s sexual satisfaction. This time, I broach the so-called taboo topic once more to discuss real sexual behaviours of women in Nigeria. I should stress that...... more

Through the lenses of a native son

Through the lenses of a native son I am not a native son in the mould of Bigger Thomas, the protagonist in Richard Wright’s novel, “Native Son.” Bigger, a black youth in white America, was an upside down man. He lived in utter poverty in a poor area of Chicago in the 1930s. He had a notoriety for...... more

Buhari and the Ruga malcontents

Buhari and the Ruga malcontents With the suspension last week of the ‘Ruga Settlements’ scheme “because it is not consistent with the NEC and FG approved National Livestock Transformation plan…”, the controversy around it ought to have ended. Sadly, it has only further opened our national fault lines. It should worry President Muhammadu Buhari that those...... more

Idumuje-Ugboko: Govt steps in to end terrorism, rights violation

Idumuje-Ugboko: Govt steps in to end terrorism, rights violation The current administration has just intervened in the protracted human rights violations that threatened the social fabric of a notable agrarian community, known as Idumuje-Ugboko in Delta State, which is not too far from Asaba. The alleged masterminds terrorising the peace of the community are to be charged before a Federal...... more

UN hails Obaseki’s strides against human trafficking

UN hails Obaseki’s strides against human trafficking She sat among Nigeria’s prominent human rights figures. She wore the confidence of a mother who has just successfully given out her daughter’s hand in marriage to her heart-throb. With smiles of satisfaction and accomplishment, this international diplomat born in France briefed a packed room of select credible human rights advocacy...... more

The problem with Ruga Settlement

The problem with Ruga Settlement Scene One: The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammadu Umar, says the federal government has started to establish ‘Ruga Settlements’ for herdsmen in 12 of the 36 states as a pilot scheme for a nationwide programme designed to curb farmer-herder clashes. Scene Two: Following general...... more

The Ruga agenda

The Ruga agenda I do not know what language the word “Ruga” is derived from. I do not know the meaning either. But I understand, from what I have heard, that it has to do with the establishment of colonies or settlements for the Fulani across the country for the purpose of rearing their...... more

The purity of love

The purity of love We desire to love and be loved, cherished and respected. Any one single knows that. The need for love is amplified when one sees couples in love. One feels very lost. The desire for love and companionship should, of course, not override common sense, the absence of which renders one vulnerable...... more

Ruga settlement as coup d'état

Ruga settlement as coup d'état The basic tenets of good governance and constitutional democracy are embedded strategically in the Nigerian version of the text known as the Oath of Office by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. These essential elements of constitutionalism are fundamentally obligatory, and the moment the holder of this high office deviates from...... more

Of overbearing Executive and besieged Judiciary

Of overbearing Executive and besieged Judiciary “If your desire is for Good, the people will be Good” – Confucius There is now national conversations around the theme of how well we can contextualise the Nigerian judiciary as an independent arm of government, as provided for in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and...... more

South East syndrome

South East syndrome Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), a body that is fast becoming an alternate government in the land, has just provoked the people of the South East. It has taken too much for the owner not to notice. It did so by asking for the unimaginable, to wit, that it...... more

Youthful awareness II: Moral nuggets for youths

Youthful awareness II: Moral nuggets for youths Dear youths, participate enthusiastically in family life and contribute to the establishment of home rules. Remember the useful home rule is: honesty is constant. Therefore, aim to always say the truth, especially when falsehood is favoured by others. One remains constant on the truth until one is known as the honest....... more

Buratai and the fighting troops

Buratai and the fighting troops Written by Philip Paul Bliss, ‘Hold the Fort’ (Ho My Comrades) is one of the most popular Christian hymns. It is also one of my favourites. Not only because of its powerful lyrics and rich melody but also the story behind it. The hymn was inspired by ‘The Battle of Allatoona...... more

Firestorm of insecurity and impunity in Nigeria

Firestorm of insecurity and impunity in Nigeria Malcom N Shaw, Queens Counsel, is a senior fellow at the Lautorpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. In the preamble to his scholarly work on international law, he stated:  “Law is that element which binds the members of the community together in their adherence to recognised values and...... more

Of organ harvesting and Nigerian prisoners in China

Of organ harvesting and Nigerian prisoners in China In 2005, I visited China and spent weeks on the bills of that communist state. Spontaneously selected African journalists were sponsored to visit certain places of significance in that Asian Tiger, and the number two strongest economy in the world. I must say that I had very wonderful memories to share...... more

INEC and the server controversy

INEC and the server controversy The scenario approximates to a study in contradictions. Doublespeak has seized the day. And we seem to be at the mercy of mind-benders whose stock in trade is to confuse and obfuscate. This unenviable state defines and typifies our lot in the hands of the Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)....... more

Youthful awareness (I)

Youthful awareness (I) The formative years of a new member of humanity are periods for learning enduring habits. With effective parenting, youths learn skills necessary for a fruitful and independent living. From the day of birth, an individual must experience the loving care of parents and must feel and be made to feel wanted....... more

Why Imo needs industries, not hotels

Why Imo needs industries, not hotels “The path to success is accessible to every young African person, regardless of background, family income, or education. This has been said many times, but I repeat it sincerely now – if I can do it, you can, too.” — Jim Ovia, Africa Rise and Shine In 2018, this writer was...... more

Liberia: George Weah’s spectacle of disaster

Liberia: George Weah’s spectacle of disaster There is this phenomenal novel by a Ghanaian writer that redefined story-telling. It is of a political satirical genre. It is written around a railway freight clerk in Ghana who attempts to hold out against the pressures that impel him towards corruption, in both his family and his country.  This universally acclaimed...... more

The South East loses out completely

The South East loses out completely At last, the conspiracy has gone full circle. The plotters have delivered on their ignoble mandate. The design was that of wilful decapitation. The target was the South East, the whipping boy of Nigerian politics. It all started like a piece of blackmail. An entire zone was being harangued. It was being...... more

Buhari, June 12 and the day after

Buhari, June 12 and the day after As a reporter who keenly followed what transpired in Nigeria before, during and after the annulled 1993 presidential election won by the late Chief M.K.O Abiola, it was an act of courage and statesmanship for President Muhammadu Buhari to accord June 12 a pride of place as a national Democracy Day....... more

Teenage Optimism: How to face a bully

Teenage Optimism: How to face a bully As stated in the previous installment of Teenage Optimism, a verbal exchange with a bully ought to be avoided. A bully is not worth the attention or aggravation. What if the bully is in one’s face? Ignoring is valuable sometimes; a confrontation is necessary at other times. For children and young...... more

Agenda for the 9th National Assembly

Agenda for the 9th National Assembly John Grisham is the prolific author of seventeen novels: The Last Juror, ironically, is his first. I was privileged to have read it not long ago. In the opening chapter, this maverick story-teller narrated how a once-upon-a-time iconic newspaper house was mismanaged. His words: “After decades of patient mismanagement and loving neglect, The Ford County...... more

 

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