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Still on Nigerian Military and Online Media, By Yushau A. Shuaib  

This is indeed a critical period of our national life when a raging war on desperate terrorists has kept military operations in North-East and others parts of the north in persistent media spotlight. And as would be expected, the subject now dominates the country’s online media content. As it is,…
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Yoruba Gods And The Persistence of Memory, By Bunmi (Osunremi) Matory

Yoruba gods are thriving without us.  I lived in Berlin with my family this year.  Right in Berlin, in the heart of Europe, is a Candomble, the Brazilian name for Orisa houses.  It was founded by a Brazilian Babalorisa (Pai-de-Santo) who has since become a very dear friend. My husband…
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Okowa’s Running Mate and the Self-inflicted Humiliation of the Isokos, By Ogaga Ifowodo      

“Okowa’s running mate: Clark, Manager, Tompolo in a fierce battle,” so screamed the headline (Vanguard, 20 December 2014). I saw at once the chronicle of another humiliation foretold: of the three personalities mentioned, none is Isoko. But one should not deduce the facts of a newspaper story from its headline.…
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A Government Devoid of Empathy, By Maryam Uwais

Today, our country is witnessing an unbelievable nightmare with the invasion by the murderous, senseless and bloodthirsty hounds in the name of Boko Haram. No fewer than a million Nigerian citizens have been displaced from their homes, while several thousands have been killed. To compound the situation, many of our…
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Aribisala on Tuesday

How to Lose the Presidential Election Four Times (2), By Femi Aribisala

APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s blueprint for being a serial loser of presidential elections in Nigeria continues as follows: Be an uneducated presidential candidate Get your APC supporters to deride Goodluck Jonathan as “clueless,” but to complain when PDP National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, calls you “a semi-literate jackboot.” Run against…
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The “Mythification” of Our Memories, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Segun Toriola’s jaw-dropping defensive play against Singapore's Ning Gao in which he successfully went through a 41-shot rally in the second match of the men's team table tennis semi-final was, for me, a major highlight of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Nostalgic, it was. Coming of age in the…
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Can the Real PDP please stand up? By Abdul Raufu Mustapha

In one breadth, the PDP says it wants a peaceful election in 2015. In another breath, its officials are busy calling their opponents uncharitable names. For example, the opposition Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari was recently described as a semi-illiterate. This recourse to crass and abusive language is unbecoming of…
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