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Guest Columns

Grant of OPL 245 to Malabu Was Illegal, Unconstitutional, Null and Void from Origin, By Jiti Ogunye

It is our considered view that OPL 245 was not legally, properly and constitutionally granted to Malabu. Obviously, if it was not lawfully granted, it could not have been lawfully held or transferred by Malabu, for as the Latin Legal Maxim states, no one gives what he does not have;…
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Guest Columns

Obasanjo Vs Awujale: A Delayed Showdown, By Azu Ishiekwene

"Awujale" is one of the most forthright accounts of the personal odysseys of a traditional ruler who through longevity and other circumstances of life has earned immortality. The book is nearly seven years in print but I didn’t get a hold of it until sometime last year. Someone very close,…
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Opinion

History Lessons on Doing the Right Thing the Wrong Way, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Without a sense of history, Nigerians are always desperate to get suckered by the next strong man promising to fight corruption in even more inventive ways. We are never short of enthusiastic “patriots” who want to see "elites" – the hated big men and their mistresses – put down in…
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Opinion

Democracy and Its Enemies: Tribute to Erediauwa, By Louis Odion

Indeed, as the great Leopard retreats into the proverbial savannah forest to join the pantheon of giants, what we owe his memory is not shopping for sugar-coated, grandiloquent epitaphs; but upholding his value of service and living the high ethical standard he set. An epic display of cultural sovereignty, it…
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Opinion

Tunji Braithwaite and MD Yusufu: the Men Who Taught Me Courage, By Chude Jideonwo

If we knew more and we knew it right, we would celebrate and honour them more extensively, we would learn the lessons of their lives, and – to honour their sacrifice - we would do much more than the pitiable resistance that we presently put up to those who put…
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Opinion

Esprit De Corruption: Nigerian Generals Are Never Corrupt, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Until this kind of trial is undertaken in Nigeria, we shall remain shackled within the military legerdemain of Esprit De Corruption. There is the matter among the military forces called esprit de corps; that is, the feeling and sharing of loyalty and support within the group. This comradeship translates to…
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