Columns

Nigeria: Breaking the Yoke of Donor Dependency, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Since they say that we are now a middle-income country, let us recover our pride and design and implement a holistic exit strategy from dependency on donor funding for social sector programmes, while generating domestic resources to ensure sustainability. This week, I facilitated a workshop of National Assembly members jointly…
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Opinion

Power With(out) Responsibility: Apologia to Lawmakers, By Sani Zorro

...except we agree on the jurisdiction of the legislature to balance lopsided spending proposals against geo-political priorities, socially-relevant projects as agriculture to guarantee food security, basic education as a human right, as well as investments in health to safeguard the right to life, we will continue to wobble and dissipate…
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Guest Columns

For FRANCIS ABIOLA IRELE – “Olohun-Iyo”, By Wole Soyinka

True, numbers diminish, but we are not thereby Diminished. Memories rack, yet lift Our spirits off the rack of remembrance. Be it The echo of a harsh scrape, decades dimmed, Of a street café chair, rue des Ecoles, puncturing Peals of laughter, a head thrust sideways, Quizzical in contestation –…
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Opinion

The Inimitable Professor Babatunde Osotimehin – a Life Lived Well and Well Lived, By Babatunde Ahonsi

I take solace in the lasting legacy that Prof has left behind through a life lived well and well-lived in the service of others especially disadvantaged women and girls. We will honour and celebrate his life by redoubling our efforts to advance the reproductive wellbeing, human rights and empowerment of…
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Opinion

Falana, the Baby and the Bathwater, By Azu Ishiekwene

It’s interesting that while Falana and El-Rufai can hardly be described as ideological soul mates, on the contemporary issue of restructuring, they appear bound by a common contrarian thread. The statement on Sunday by a group led by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), about “unrealistic” recommendations contained in the…
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Opinion

#NotTooYoungToRun: Why Legislators Must Not Kill This Bill, By Hamzat Lawal

It is about addressing an emerging need in the polity, after witnessing more than seven thousand youth troop out to canvass support for the #NotTooYoungToRun bill in insurgency-ravaged Yobe and Borno States. It is about entrenching true democracy – the choice of the people, who have spoken loud and clear…
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