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It takes a Minister: Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

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From Catholic Cardinal to English Saint

From Catholic Cardinal to English Saint I have a fascinating affection for the English people and substantially with the English Language, because of a number of factors. First, as someone who in his early teens in the 1980's in the high school became fascinated with current affairs and also as one of the well-performing students of the...... more

When ‘nothing goes for nothing’

When ‘nothing goes for nothing’ Motivated by media reports of habitual harassment and abuse of young women over a period of three decades by powerful Hollywood director Harvey Weinstein, Alyssa Milano on 15th October, 2017 tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” Within a period of...... more

The girl-bride debate in Nigeria

The girl-bride debate in Nigeria Some years ago, a hot debate engulfed Nigerians of all ethnicities which is centred on the right age of marriage for the female population. The topic was the concern of callers to the late-night national discussion programme, ‘Tuesday Live’ on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). Expectedly, the first respondent, Zainab, who coincidentally...... more

Has England’s Diana ‘reincarnated’ in Meghan?

Has England’s Diana ‘reincarnated’ in Meghan? As I watched the trending story of the instituting of a law suit against a British a tabloid by a member of the influential British royal family, Prince Harry, to stop what he perceived as serial harassment of his beautiful mixed-race wife, Meghan, I had a flashback of a personal experience....... more

Spiritual ‘warfare’ and counter-terrorism

Spiritual ‘warfare’ and counter-terrorism There are two different issues that have just cropped up in the public domain and have constituted the discussion points for most commentators observing the trajectories of the counter terrorism war being waged by the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I must say that everyone who is somebody...... more

It’s all about Tacha!

It’s all about Tacha! So much has happened in our country in the past one week that speak to the challenges confronting us after 59 years of independence. Last Thursday, following a police raid, as many as 300 boys were rescued from an Islamic Centre in Kaduna State. Many of the victims said they had...... more

A child’s dilemma

A child’s dilemma First, the dilemma a child encounters in relation to marriage are the handiwork of adults. The dilemma is one of age, or more accurately, relative age. To the legal system, the age of an individual is a determinant in the right to marriage. Relative age – parent-child, elder-youth – directs who...... more

As the media bows outlaws take over

As the media bows outlaws take over Two years ago or slightly less than that, I penned a lengthy article about the rise and rise of the Nigerian outlaws. The centerpiece of the reflection was on how the terrorists that most Nigerians know have become so influential to an extent that the two men employed and paid with...... more

Is our economy stupid?

Is our economy stupid? You may have heard the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.” It is credited to James Carville who worked for Bill Clinton as a strategist in the 1992 US presidential race. Indeed, the economy determines the supply of opportunities and how it is distributed. That is why in many countries the economy...... more

Of Judiciary and audacity of impunity

Of Judiciary and audacity of impunity I watched with incredulity and shock as the current Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, was sweating to extricate himself from the journalistic firestorm of Focus on Africa, when he was interviewed inside the imposing Central London office of the publicly-owned British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The reporter...... more

The 196,400 bottles of beer

The 196,400 bottles of beer There is this interesting WhatsApp story of a drunkard who woke up one morning deeply repentant after a bitter fight with his wife the previous night. Intent on ameliorating the situation and turning a new leaf, the man took out the crate of beer he believed was responsible for his character...... more

Jihad and sex

Jihad and sex Just as with misinterpretations of Jihad, there has been a gross display of sexual behaviours among Muslims in relation to combat. First, there were reports of mass exodus of mostly Arab women from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, and Egypt into Syria to act as sex toys for combatants.Everyone involved seemed to...... more

Why Justin Trudeau should be forgiven

Why Justin Trudeau should be forgiven In both politics and sports, racism has remained a major stumbling block to the fullest realisation of the underlying objectives for establishing both sectors in human community. Politics, if qualitatively played, has the potential of unleashing the highest standard of living for the greatest percentage of the people of such a...... more

Of xenophobia, MultiChoice and migration

Of xenophobia, MultiChoice and migration The constant xenophobic violence unleashed on Nigerians living in South Africa has a constant reminder for the millions of Nigerians who subscribed to the paid television services of the wholly South African operated MultiChoice television, otherwise known as Digital Satellite Television (DSTV). This reminder that the series of xenophobic attacks on...... more

The rising menace of oil thieves

The rising menace of oil thieves With tension brewing between the United States and Iran following last week attack on a Saudi Arabian oil facility which removed as much as five percent of global supplies, there has been an unprecedented jump in the price of crude. With that, there is the temptation to believe Nigeria will benefit...... more

Malcolm X: His chilling last remarks

Malcolm X: His chilling last remarks Every morning when I wake, now, I regard it as having another borrowed day. In any city, wherever I go, making speeches, holding meetings of my organisation, or attending to other business, Black men are watching every move I make, awaiting their chance to kill me. I have said publicly many...... more

Terrorists, military and media glamour

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Buhari vs Atiku: A different and broader perspective to the PEPT judgement

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Diminishing potency of Nigeria Police

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Abuja-Kaduna train as a metaphor

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Reminiscing on Malcolm X narrative on racial sexual attraction

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Government must fix education to fix Nigeria

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Helep! I don carry Mammy Water! (2)

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Chilling last remarks Malcolm X

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Yar’Adua and the $9.6 billion question

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Where is your power?

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Infrastructural Emergency in Imo State

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The FBI ‘419’ list and our society

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