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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

Ugep Massacre: An Indictment on Human Rights, By Mbasekei Martin Obono

What happened in Ugep is not different from what transpired in Odi, Baga and Zaki Biam. The only difference is that whilst Odi, Baga and Zaki Biam has been investigated by the different human rights violation organs of the Nigerian Army, Ugep Massacre has gone unnoticed, uncompensated and unworthy of…
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Columns

‘Two Fighting’: Olusegun Obasanjo Versus Oluwole Soyinka, By Tolu Ogunlesi

Now the guns are out and blazing again. Two of Yorubaland’s – and Africa’s – most respected sons, have been feverishly loading and firing and re-loading their guns. Obasanjo, in his latest book – a three-volume set of memoirs published late in 2014 – dismissed Soyinka as being “surely a…
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Opinion

Peter Ekeh and the Missing Leg of the Anti-Corruption War in Nigeria, By Adagbo Onoja

Notwithstanding these criticisms, there is something enduring in Ekeh’s analogy – the primordial trap in the politics of corruption. Why, for instance, is it still difficult for communities to disown their sons and daughters when they face corruption charges? We have heard said: is it not our own money? So…
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Columns

Investigations of Mega Looting Must Continue, But Must Be Lawful, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In his book Peace and Violence in Nigeria, Professor Tekena Tamuno reminds us that when Buhari came to power in January 1984, he was regularly attacked for being “as slow as a tortoise”. Newspaper pundits compared his slow pace to the extremely fast pace with which General Murtala Mohammed hit…
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