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Of Drones, the Governor and Saudi Prayer Warriors, By Azu Ishiekwene

If five years of warring against Boko Haram and Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) have brought Buhari’s commanders and the political elite to the point where they have suddenly realised that entering prayer contracts using public funds is no longer an absurdity, much less an offence, the clerics excoriated…
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DIG Lakanu: Farewell To A Supercop, By Dele Agekameh

By many quantitative metrics, Lakanu has proved himself the quintessential crime fighter. By qualitative metrics, he is no less impressive. Arguably one of Nigeria’s most efficient and celebrated police bosses, he flaunts the track record of an impressive leader. Angels fly because they take themselves lightly. They do not think…
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Minimum Wage, Maximum Trouble, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Clearly, the federal and state governments are too financially unhealthy to meet Labour’s demands. The solution, therefore, is to fund the new national minimum wage by cutting waste: reduce wasteful spending such as the jumbo pay for lawmakers, fallow-lying presidential jets, excessive appointees and foreign Anything short of that, this…
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Banks, the CBN, and Fiscal Reforms, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Currently, the biggest charge before banks is their reluctance to lend. They seem minded to dump their funds in fixed income government securities, where they make a huge killing, rather than lend to businesses without which the economy stagnates. The unanswered question, here, is why banks’ indifference the current peculiar…
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Time To Drag Buhari, El-Rufai and Others To Kigali, By Festus Adedayo

No one can visit the Genocide Museum without being touched by the unprecedented bestiality. I instantly remembered home and how, ostensibly unwittingly, President Muhammadu Buhari’s hyper-promotion of his Fulani stock at the expense of other tribes in Nigeria, bears similitude to President Habyarimana’s; how Nasir el-Rufai’s glorification of the Fulani…
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Interring the Fly With the Corpse: The Pompeo Story, By Owei Lakemfa

In his fanatical defence of Trump, Pompeo is exhibiting the characteristics of a housefly. The flying is usually opportunistic; going only where its interests are Pompeo, like the fly, does not know when to be cautious or fly away; so if Trump were to go down, Pompeo is likely to…
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Nigeria At 59: To Forget Or To Understand Our Differences?, By Majeed Dahiru

To reposition the Nigerian state on the path to sustainable socio-economic development will be to resolve the fundamental question of national identity. A resolution of this crisis of identity can only be achieved through an overthrow of the current elite consensus of divide-and-rule, leading to a people’s consensus guided Nigeria’s…
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Insights and Views On Culture (1): Acemoglu & Robinson’s “The Narrow Corridor”, By Rafiq Raji

Their main idea is that for liberty to thrive, there must be a balance between the state and society. And they impressively show how a lot of the governance problems around the world stem from an imbalance between the two. The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty,…
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Prophet Muhammad’s Honesty and Way of Bringing Effective Change To the World, By Murtadha Gusau

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) changed the world by changing people’s beliefs, their behaviour, their customs, and their social norms, and he did so by convincing them with kindness and gentle persuasion. He did not force people to agree with him. He did not resort to a…
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