Columns

Ajanah and Coronavirus Questions For Kogi State Government, By Zainab Sulieman Okino

Now that coronavirus is an established and undeniable reality in Kogi State, contact tracing should begin earnestly. Governor Yahaya Bello should eat the humble pie, apologise to NCDC and invite them back to do their professional job in the State. Five days before Justice Nasir Ajanah, the late chief judge…
See More »
Columns

Rape and the Uncertain World of the Girl-Child, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

I’ve watched a 15 year-old breastfeeding a child of about 10 months. The girl was said to have been raped by her step-father, and her mother, out of shame and stigmatisation, dumped her daughter and the new baby with her grandmother. The girl’s countenance exposed her innocence and vulnerability, baby…
See More »
[sc:"post loop ad"]
Columns

Marilyn Amobi and Nigeria’s Leadership Recruitment Challenge, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

On December 24, last year, Marilyn Amobi (PhD), the Managing Director of Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc got a rather upsetting Christmas gift. She was suspended from her office by the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman for high handedness and for constituting herself into a “clear and present threat…
See More »
Columns

The Missing Gap In the Pantami-Dabiri Feud, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Much as I detest Abike Dabiri Erewa’s gender recourse to explain Pantami’s alleged deed, because it is both escapist and cheap, the problem is neither with her nor with Patami, but the system that threw both of them up. Truth be told; there is no cohesion and coordinated approach to…
See More »
Columns

COVID-19: A Golden Opportunity To End the Almajiri Culture, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...we now have a golden opportunity to change the narrative and put the plague behind us once and for all. Leaders at all levels must lead the way in liberating the almajiri and ending a system that is anachronistic to everything normal, ideal, decent and modern. By the time the…
See More »
Columns

Life Or Economy, the Choice Is Ours, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Despite the existential challenges associated with the lockdown, the alternative is the risk of unmitigated community transmission if we fail to adhere to laid down protocols. Government might have capitulated to pressures from all angles, because it has no answers to the possible unrest that would follow the lockdown. After…
See More »
Columns

COVID-19: An Unseen Enemy In A War Without Weapons, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

In this battle against the unseen enemy, there is a terrifying spectre in the horizon, akin to only a physical war situation. No doubt, war creates fear, anxiety and uncertainty, but unlike the conventional war in which all sorts of weapons, including bombs, are utilised, this particular war is about…
See More »
Columns

Countering Insurgency: Exploring A Different Narrative Strategy, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...in 2015, when Operation Safe Corridor was initiated by the government, the antagonists of the programme where quite vehement. However, five years after, the story is different. Besides, my visit to their camp in Malam Sidi in Gombe State recently was revealing. The programme has not only changed the narrative…
See More »
Columns

The Way the Cookie Crumbles, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

The APC government, like its predecessor, the PDP, would soon realise that taking people for granted has a price and, of course, consequences; and that propaganda has its limit. The government needs to be more sensitive to the yearnings and aspirations of the citizens, otherwise the day of reckoning might…
See More »