Opinion

Unmasking the Ruse of Law: An Outlook for Nigeria in 2017, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

...2017 will be a significant, if trying year for Nigeria’s legal, judicial and institutional systems. There will be major decisions to take, none more important in its implications than the fate of the office of the Chief Justice of the Federation. With the judiciary under pressure, this is an important…
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Opinion

The Three-Year Expedition to Unlock Basic Education Data, By Seember Nyager

Without losing sight of the significant ground to be covered to institutionalise open contracting, my colleagues and I are encouraged by the gradual culture shift from a closed to an increasingly open system, one year at a time. It was the early days of Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Law. My…
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Opinion

NBA’s Fight Against Anti-Corruption Agencies, By Femi Falana

...the NBA should be retrieved from the overbearing influence of a cabal of lawyers trying desperately to use it to frustrate the prosecution of criminal elements who have willfully inflicted eternal agony on the masses through the criminal diversion of the commonwealth. All patriotic lawyers should ensure that the anti-graft…
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Opinion

NDA Cadets, the Military and Citizen Sunday, By Godwin Onyeacholem

It is obvious that these brazen brutalities continue to happen because, clearly, there are no sanctions. Officers and men of the military sustained by the tax paid by the toiling masses will practically murder harmless citizens every so often, and then nothing happens. At a social gathering a couple of…
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Opinion

Shiites, Biafra and Multiple Narratives of Human Rights, By Uche Igwe

Beyond the brute force of security agencies, there is a place for the use of the moral authority of persuasion. We need to use it more. This responsibility falls on the shoulders of the elite in the affected regions. They must break this unwritten code of silence. Prominent Islamic leaders…
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Opinion

On the Tragedy of the Shiites, By Lawan Maina

...knowing El-Zakzaky’s group’s proclivity for disobedience, provocative actions, and the intentional flouting of laws - actions which, according to The Guardian, have led to incessant clashes with the police - the Army’s reaction could have been better considered and executed. There was absolutely no need for the killings or the…
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Opinion

The Undying Culture of Impunity, By Femi Falana

Introduction I thank the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Ben Angwe for requesting me to deliver the Keynote Address at the inauguration of the Committee of Experts to examine existing legislations with a view to ensuring that they are consistent with human rights instruments and norms.…
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Opinion

Together, Let’s End Violence Against Children in Nigeria, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Children are our biggest assets and our biggest investments. Yet, everywhere, in the home and outside it; in schools and in places where they should be protected; as individuals, institutions, community and country, we violate, fail and endanger them. Yearly, millions of children in Nigeria suffer violence – physical, sexual,…
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Guest Columns

Nigeria’s Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights Debacle, By Chris Ngwodo

In fact, the Nigerian state itself often acts like a terrorist entity. For years, the term “unknown soldiers” was a euphemism for terror as dispensed by uniformed, anonymous and, therefore, untouchable servants of the agents of the state act with impunity, as is too often the Nigerian case, they lend…
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