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The South East loses out completely

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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

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Madeleine and Leah: A tale of two captives

Madeleine and Leah: A tale of two captives Richard Templar is a very fascinating writer. As a professional writer myself, operating from Nigeria, one of the most treacherous human habitations in the world, I am always looking for fresh ideas documented in beautifully written books, not just because of my inclination for aesthetics but also because of my undying...... more

The Chibuike Amaechi questions

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Why Oando scandal matters

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Teenage Optimism: Tackle cyberbullying

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Why kidnappers are in charge

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Is Trump’s USA ‘Noah’s Ark’?

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The circuitous route to Afghanistan

The circuitous route to Afghanistan Nigeria is on the march again! ‘On the march again…!’ that was the jingle that made the top of the chart in the MKO Abiola’s unforgettable campaign in the aborted elections that went nowhere. But this time it is the resumption of the march begun in 1804 or thereabout which started...... more

Metaphor of the ‘missing’ loaf and Ministerial Yahoo Yahoo

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Zamfara Banditry: Letter to President Buhari

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Was EFCC designed to fight Yahoo-Yahoo?

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FCT: Worries over absence of playground for children, spike in crime

FCT: Worries over absence of playground for children, spike in crime Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is remarkably beautiful. Aesthetically, it can rank as one of the most glamourous cities in Africa.   The city is rated as one of the best planned settlements in West Africa. The idea of creating a new federal capital for Nigeria came about when it was...... more

Okorocha's multiplicity of tertiary institutions

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Of suicides and the ‘sniper’ debate

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Morning encounter with the Nigeria Police Force

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Killing Nigerian Judiciary softly

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Cultism, a dread, has its attraction

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Is it time to legalise Marijuana?

Is it time to legalise Marijuana? Legalize it Don’t criticize itLegalize it, yeah yeahAnd I will advertise itSome call it tamjeeSome call it the weedSome call it marijuanaSome of them call it ganjaNever mind, got to legalize itIt’s good for the fluGood for asthmaGood for tuberculosisEven numara thrombosisGo to legalize itDon’t criticize it… –Peter Tosh, the late Jamaican...... more

Local council autonomy and insecurity

Local council autonomy and insecurity Two news items broke on May 6, 2019 about the same time – but in two different locations in Nigeria – that perfectly addresses the burning issue of widespread insecurity in Nigeria. But an observer of events in contemporary Nigeria needs to either develop the nose for news, as a professional...... more

Of government and budget blues

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Brief answers to Nigeria’s big questions

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It’s Nunc Dimittis to the Lugardian contraption called Nigeria

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