Guest Columns

Sanusi: Herdsman, Iconoclast Or Pretender?, By Azu Ishiekwene

Like the herdsman anxious to save the flock from danger, Sanusi’s comment was a wake-up call. If, however, like Frederik Willem de Klerk, he becomes the battering ram that deals the fatal blow on his privileged class, he will always find a place in our weary hearts, a much better…
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Opinion

Dispatch from Chibok: A Community’s Resilience In the Shadow of Boko Haram, By Alkasim Abdulkadir

...the Chibok we saw needs more from international and local NGOs, and above all everyday citizens. It needs bore holes, psycho-social support, agricultural inputs, primary health care centres, amongst several other things. We left behind a community of resilient There are also courageous vigilantes standing around intersections and clusters of…
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Columns

Much Ado About BBOG’s Invitation to Sambisa, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Whatever may be the intention behind it, and despite conceding to government, I do not see the BBOG changing its unique form of engagement. This ‘guided tour’ cannot sway or stop them from their mandate; neither can it help the fighting force in the war front. This is one civil…
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Guest Columns

Unravelling Boko Haram and Rebuilding North-East Nigeria, By Yemi Osinbajo

What the stories of the Chibok girls and that of the converted suicide bomber point to is the certain defeat of Boko Haram insurgency and the waning resonance of its underpinning ideology. While we had to put troops on the ground to liberate occupied territories and free captive people in…
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Guest Columns

The Importance of the #BringBackOurGirls Movement, By Chris Ngwodo

We owe the BBOG activists a debt of gratitude for not letting us retreat further than we already have from the norms of civilisation, for being rare exemplars of moral courage in the public square. The Chibok families deserve our compassion and sympathy. Their tireless advocates deserve our respect. When…
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Columns

Freeing the Chibok Girls (While Boko Haram Faces a Leadership Crisis), By Ogaga Ifowodo

I have previously argued against negotiations with Boko Yet, in order not to be seen as insensitive to the unspeakable ordeal of the girls (and their parents, not to mention all who grieve with them), President Buhari must explore all avenues for their safe return, including Any prisoner swap deal,…
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Opinion

The Hadiza Bala Usman They Don’t Know, By Uba Sani

In placing the young but extremely energetic and innovative Hadiza Bala Usman at the helm of the Nigerian Ports Authority, President Muhammadu Buhari abundantly underscored the direction of the new Nigeria: a nation where mediocrity will no longer find space; a nation where the energy of young, educated, talented, patriotic…
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Opinion

Is Buhari a President of Northern Nigeria?, By ‘Tope Oriola

...is Buhari a president of Northern Nigeria? The talakawa of the North have also been negatively affected by Buhari’s babalawo economics. There are Northerners who are unhappy with his geographically favouritist, sexist and ageism-in-reverse appointments. I don’t think Buhari would be remembered as the president of Northern Nigeria. Unless the…
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Columns

Amina, Sambisa, and the Parable of a Wobbly Nigeria, By Okey Ndibe

Mr. Buhari’s burden is to view and treat every Nigerian with the same concern and solicitude he showed to Amina. All Nigerians, not just Amina, deserve access to sound healthcare, good education, and the opportunity to realise their potential. A peculiarly Nigerian type of frenzy happened last week. The event…
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