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A Safety And Security Manifesto For #Nigeria2015, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

The defence of the country and the protection of all who live in it is the primary mission public office in Nigeria.  Across political parties, politicians are auditioning for the 2015 general elections with little regard to the mood of the country. They’re carrying on as if these are normal times…
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The Tenacity of an Audacious Hope, By Hussaina Ishaya Audu

‘Who against hope believed in hope…’ Romans 4:18a The night is Thursday May 3, 2007. The setting is Praia de Luz, a holiday resort in Algarve, Portugal. The protagonists: Gerry and Kate McCann and their daughter Madeleine, whose fourth birthday is only nine days away. The plot, which merciless Fate…
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A Need For Internally Displaced Soldiers’ Camp, By Jaafar Jaafar

"Safiya! Three battalions fled Mubi. Mubi just had a new barracks built. It was chosen to be the new HQ to coordinate operations to recover lost territory. Few days before BH captured it, FG sent heavy artilleries to the military. Three battalions of military consists nothing less than 1,000 troops,…
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Counterterrorism: A Time to Act, By Gimba Kakanda

As I write this, the place our politicians and their accomplices used to refer to as "the northeast" in their scheming for power and measurements of their influences in the power game, the very place the nation's implicit commander-in-chief once referred to as "fringes", as against the "mainstream" territories of his and his colleagues' residences,…
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From Budget Transparency To Open Contracting, By Seember Nyager

The reformed public procurement process in Nigeria requires that contracts for the delivery of public services are given to people with the requisite skills to perform these contracts at a cost that is commensurate to the service to be provided. This forms the basis for making procurement processes competitive so…
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Ebola pandemic: The triumph of paranoia, By ‘Tope Oriola

Ebola paranoia has been remarkably fast and furious: A seven-year old Connecticut (USA) girl who had just returned from Nigeria was barred from attending her elementary school late last month because of fears expressed by classmates and parents that she might have Ebola. She was allowed to return to school…
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For Gusau, Dasuki, Silence No Longer Golden, By Garba Shehu

The fight back by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN over the cash-for-arm scandal appears to be succeeding given the failure of his targets, the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau (rtd) and more particularly, the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) to…
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