Editorial

EDITORIAL: Prof. Ade Ajayi [1926 – 2014]: Passage of an eminent scholar

The third Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos and University of Ibadan’s Emeritus Professor of History, Jacob Festus Adeniyi Ajayi, has passed. He died at the University College Hospital of the University he loved till his end, Nigeria’s premier University in Ibadan on August 9. Popularly known as Ade…
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Columns

Absolute Necessity of a New Approach to the War, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The last straw was the announcement yesterday by Abubakar Shekau that Gwoza has been incorporated into the Islamic caliphate and has nothing more to do with Nigeria. The war against Nigeria by Boko Haram has been going on for too long and the response of the Nigerian state has been…
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Columns

Between Nuhu Ribadu, Sam Aluko and Nasir El-Rufai, By Biodun Jeyifo

Sometime in 1999 (or it may have been early 2000) I got an extraordinary personal note from Chief Ebenezer Babatope (“Ebino Topsy!) who had been Sani Abacha’s Aviation Minister and is now a PDP chieftain, being a member of the ruling party’s Board of Trustees. Before I come to the…
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Guest Columns

Ribadu and the Burden of the Moral Missioner, By Gimba Kakanda

The days of wild rumours running up to, and castigations following, Nuhu Ribadu's defection to the ruling party are further confirmations of the man's high place in the political conscience of the nation. That his supporters would be disappointed at such an unpopular political scheme is a backlash he must…
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Nigerian Audit Speaks, Will Government Listen? By Dauda Garuba

In 2007, Nigeria passed a law requiring an audit of extractive revenue payments made to and received by the federal government. In advancing the implementation of its mandate, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) recently presented itsfirst report on the Fiscal Allocation and Statutory Disbursement (FASD) Audit 2007-2011, marking a major milestone…
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Guest Columns

The Hippocratic Oath in Ameyo Adadevoh’s Office, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

I spoke to Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the senior Consultant Endocrinologist and Physician, who has just died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), to schedule a previously agreed medical review. It was a Saturday. We agreed that I would come in the following Monday, July 21. On 20 July, Patrick Sawyer,…
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Guest Columns

My plea to the people of Israel, By Desmond Tutu

The past weeks have witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine. If you add together all the people who gathered over the past weekend to demand justice in Israel and Palestine…
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Guest Columns

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh: She Died The Death Of Many, By Emmanuel Obasi

Adieu our great Doctor, a great woman, a true human, a true Nigerian. When the headline filtered in yesterday, my heart sank; grief enveloped me. I do not know her, never met her even remotely. But I did not need to; her deed and heroics speaks loud and this was…
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Guest Columns

Elections as Military Operations, By Ogaga Ifowodo

By all sober reckoning, Professor Attahiru Jega has done quite well in his last two outings as Nigeria’s chief electoral officer and, so, democracy’s chief midwife in our turbulent turbulent country. If Ekiti broke the hearts of progressives, of those who believe that “man does not live alone by bread”…
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