Opinion

Falana and the Project of Rethinking the Hierarchies of Human Rights In Nigeria, By Kolawole Olaniyan

Falana performs a formidable service by providing such an insightful synthesis of the most important elements of the emerging jurisprudence - both national and international - on socio-economic rights, and highlighting the need for the application of constitutional and legal principles to achieve the full enjoyment of these human rights,…
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Opinion

Buhari’s Speech: Changing the Sitting Order In a Stuck Titanic?, By Louis Odion

Overall, it is reassuring to hear Buhari speaking firmly, restating his promise to decisively tackle merchants of hate, kidnappers and "farmers versus herdsmen clashes" (sic). But the president needs to understand that these are only symptoms of deep structural defects long detected in the federal union. What remains is to…
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Opinion

Prohibition of Hate Speech As An Acceptable Restriction of Freedom of Expression?, By Nonso Robert Attoh

Even though the hate speeches aired on Radio Biafra and the hate song released by Northern elements and many other manifestations of hate speech in our national space cannot be caught by any new legislation criminalising hate speech because of the principle of non-retroactivity of criminal legislation (section 4(9) and…
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Opinion

While President Buhari Was Away, By Steve Azaiki

To me, a key point overlooked in the agitation against President Buhari’s medical vacation was whether there was an acting president who was effectively in charge. Answering that question, and indeed ensuring that the acting president was truly and effectively in charge, would have done more to deepen our constitutional…
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Opinion

ASUU, the Government and Tertiary Education In Nigeria: the Way Forward, By Ashton Dagana

- Education minister, Adamu Adamu We need a far more sustainable solution. The problems with our universities, and indeed other tertiary institutions, are not that these challenges exist; it is that these challenges more or less remain the same over decades. What we must now do is solve them and…
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Opinion

The Dangers of Evil and Misguided Clerics/Scholars In Islam, By Murtadha Gusau

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Brothers and sisters! Who are evil and misguided scholars? Here is a rule by Imam Ash-Shatibi who said: “Evil and misguided scholars are those who are dangerous to mankind. They are a disease to mankind, and they are those…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Unity Is Settled and Not Negotiable, By Muhammadu Buhari

...dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of economic security, political evolution and integration, as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians. My dear citizens, I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I…
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Opinion

The Unending Battle for the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, By Umar Yakubu

The core functions of a FIU call for professionalism and objectivity in decision making, the timely processing of information, dissemination to appropriate authorities and strict protection of confidential data. Have any or all of these roles been compromised in the Nigerian case in a manner that warrants the need to…
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