Opinion

Here comes Emperor Jonathan, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

President Jonathan and his regime are best advised to do the business of governance very well and allow the media to do theirs. Since Friday, last week, the government has engaged in an aggressive crackdown of newspapers under the dubious claim of routine security operations. They raided delivery vans, harassed…
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Opinion

Nigeria: The WE versus THEM mentality, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

“But official engagements were stopped because of one superman who happened to belong to the right family.” The other day, the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, was caught on camera walking his daughter to school. When President Barack Obama was a senator in Washington, living outside his home state…
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Opinion

These schoolgirls must not die, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

If these schoolgirls are allowed to die, Nigeria should willing concede to being referred to as a Banana republic. More than two weeks after over 200 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, were abducted by gunmen, and government’s inability to rescue them, the heightened fears that trailed…
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Opinion

Diezani Alison-Madueke: All eyes on Jonathan, Mark, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

The Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, is one woman who can be said to have broken the glass ceiling. She must have surmounted a lot of obstacles in a male dominated society like ours to get to the peak of her career, even as some will argue that in Nigeria, it…
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Opinion

The growing militia threats, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Everyday, hundreds of people are killed across the country. The killings are attributed to the rising threat of militia groups in Nigeria. Described by the United Nations as 'increasingly monstrous', the upsurge of militia aggression should be a growing concern to all except perhaps, those protected by state powers and…
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Opinion

Boko Haram: Is the Military in false propaganda war? By Zainab Suleiman Okino

About two weeks ago, the women of this country, as represented by gender activists, professionals, and other concerned women groups filed out to protest the recent killing of students of FGC, Buni Yadi, in Yobe state. They spoke with one voice in their condemnation of government's inaction and seeming lack of interest to contain…
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Opinion

Politicising oil exploration in the North, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

My vague recollection of the search for oil in the North dates back to the beginning of this republic, when once again civilian governance emerged on the scene. It has been a long tortuous battle though. Unfortunately this battle has served no useful purpose, at least for the region concerned,…
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Opinion

Why Jonathan Must Protect Shettima, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

When information crept into town last weekend that President Goodluck Jonathan had hatched a grand plan to replace the governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, many a Nigerian would rather believe it than the half-hearted denials that followed. The President’s open display of emotion and anger over the issue at…
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Opinion

The missing link in Jonathan’s church-to-royalty shuttle, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

John F. Kennedy, one of America’s most loved and flamboyant presidents, in this poignant statement, said: “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” With a little modification, you’d think Kennedy…
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