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Between Expelled FUTA Students and An Ex-Babcock Lady, By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

The point being made in a nutshell is that there are established ways of behaviour in every human setting, including universities. Agreed, universities don’t have the right to stop their students from engaging in sexual acts off-campus, however, students should also know that their sexual acts off-campus should be carried…
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‘Zacchaeus’ and the Perils of a Tax Collector, By Azu Ishiekwene

Whichever way the government decides, the peddling of the long knives that started with Zacchaeus in Jericho won’t end with Fowler. But the government’s answer will send an important message about how serious the government is with its reforms. When the tenure of a chief executive is coming to an…
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Electoral Banditry In Buhari’s Nigeria, By Majeed Dahiru

It is morally reprehensible for a President Buhari who was beneficiary of Nigeria’s fledging liberal democracy and improved electoral management process in 2015 to bequeath to Nigeria a legacy of electoral banditry. President Buhari has betrayed the moral code of democratic leadership, which places a constitutional obligation upon him to…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Economic Crimes Ruin It For Us All, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The negative reputation of Nigeria out there diminishes legitimate opportunities for investment and sustainable growth. Sooner or later, we will know that there is no substitute for commonsense and good behaviour. Rebuilding damaged reputation is costly and difficult. A cheaper way is to enforce consequences for bad actions. We need…
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The Short-Term Pains and Long-Term Gains of Nigeria’s “Great Leap Forward”, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Still, it is not all doom and gloom. We however take solace in the fact that while the Great Leap Forward resulted in famines that killed off tens of millions of Chinese peasants between 1959 and 1961, China’s eventual embrace of market reforms in 1979 saw it help more than…
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Kogi’s “Ta-Ta-Ta-Ta-Ta” and Nigeria’s Head of the Medusa, By Festus Adedayo

Three things appear very tragic in last week’s Kogi governorship/senatorial elections. They are, first, the video that went viral of the young Kogi ladies chanting the panegyrics of Governor Yahaya Bello at a pre-election rally in the state; the violence that ended the lives of some people and the “anyone…
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Nkrumah – Quao: Africa Still Pays Heavily For the Truth, By Owei Lakemfa

The immediate reaction of her boss, the AU Commission chairperson, Moussa Faki of Chad, was to sack her. Don’t forget that Chad is one of the satellite states of France who pay colonial tax to their former colonial master and compulsorily deposit over half their entire foreign exchange with the…
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Changing Culture In Africa (1), By Rafiq Raji

...it is the institutions around the culture that need to be changed or reformed to become fit-for-purpose for the current modern era. Intercultural exchange can also be a mechanism through which sub-optimal norms are updated or discarded. Cultural entrepreneurs have also been found to be effective influencers; albeit with varied…
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Weaponising Electoral Geography: Thugs and the Vote In Bayelsa and Kogi, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The weaponisation of electoral geography has become very scientific. They derail the opposition by frightening them into staying at home during elections. Those brave enough to come out are attacked by thugs, thus suppressing their votes. Meanwhile, security and electoral officials are compromised with a combination of threats and bribes.…
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