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Diezani, Malami, Magu: Shame of a Nation, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Until the cases against Magu and Malami are investigated by an independent body and cleared by courts of competent jurisdiction and given clean bills of health, in the eyes of the public they are at one with the Diezanis of this world, and none has the moral rectitude to accuse…
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The Toxicity of Edo Politics, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Everything about the oncoming Edo election is antithetical to the tenets of democracy. The candidates, their godfathers and other interested actors are toxic people who only use the ordinary people as pawns in their political chess game. The losers in the epic fight are the ordinary people of Edo State.…
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Electoral Reform: Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Past, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...a stitch in time, they say, saves nine. In place of the knee jerk self-centred approach of the past, the lawmakers now have an opportunity to write their names in gold by starting the amendment process early and avoiding clashes with other legislative components during the election year. They have…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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