Opinion

The Emir Sanusi Affair As a Repeat of 19th Century History, By Majeed Dahiru

If Emir Sanusi is removed from his position on the basis of his reform activism, the signals would be very clear to the rest of Nigeria that the Muslim North is not ready to move along with other federating units on the path of progress and prosperity. I had my…
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Columns

Sanusi the Radical, Sanusi the Emir, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Kano is an important State in Nigeria and God has given the State a radical Emir who has the intellectual skills, princely training, religious knowledge and cosmopolitanism to provide progressive leadership. Since he ascended the throne, he has been a father to all, irrespective of ethnic, religious or political affiliation.…
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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

Of Aristocratic Rebels and the Tyranny of Tradition, By Chris Ngwodo

If traditional rulers are not expected to draw attention to inconvenient facts, as the Emir of Kano has done, and are meant to simply carry on in cloistered indifference to pervasive social dysfunction, then why do they exist at all? If traditional rulers cannot speak truth, and are meant to…
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Opinion

Emir Sanusi and the ‘Fight for the Soul of Nigeria’, By ‘Tope Oriola

I wonder how many Salisus and Alis are roaming the streets of northern Nigeria as almajiris. How many Bunmis and Fatimas have been forcibly married off and turned to mothers before they understood the micro-mechanics of their bodies? The wastage of human talents and resources anywhere is a crime against…
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Opinion

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II: A Reformer or Palace Jester?, By Yusuf Abubakar

A lot of sentimental observers, made up largely of young and impressionistic minds, have formed an army of support for the emir’s ‘unroyal’ To the applause of his cheerleaders, he is behaving like the market place dan tauri, doing what no one else would do, and playing with the sword…
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Columns

The Misinterpretation of Muhammadu Sanusi II, By Gimba Kakanda

The way out of this cultural entrapment is a mental revolution. “We must wage an intellectual war,” the Sarki proposes. “Because Islam is not univocal; there are many voices, there are many interpretations, there are many viewpoints, and we have for too long allowed the ascendancy of the most conservative…
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Opinion

Nigeria and the Need to Curb Embarrassing Scenarios, By David Damis

More than ever before, we need to show commitment to reforms, respect for rule of law and adequate law enforcement. Only then would the world recognise our readiness to curb the constant flow of embarrassing information and scenarios from Nigeria. I am one of the very many analysts who are…
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Guest Columns

Nigeria’s Economic Management: Between Hindsight and Rascality, By ‘Tope Fasua

In this season where everyone has an opinion – and that is okay – one can only urge caution lest the benefit of hindsight (20-20 vision) propels some people into reckless claims and statements. Managing the economy has never been child’s play, least of all now. In fact, the solutions…
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