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The Misinterpretation of Muhammadu Sanusi II, By Gimba Kakanda

The way out of this cultural entrapment is a mental revolution. “We must wage an intellectual war,” the Sarki proposes. “Because Islam is not univocal; there are many voices, there are many interpretations, there are many viewpoints, and we have for too long allowed the ascendancy of the most conservative…
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Exploring Tambuwal’s Sokoto State, By Gimba Kakanda

Sokoto is a place of great history and stimulating memory, and offering the young a new world to cohabit and learn to cultivate the intellectual tradition of their ancestors is a laudable foresight. Personally, I love the idea of a generation of Nigerians exposed to the language of their neighbouring…
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The Partisans’ Portrayals of the Critic as a Hater, By Gimba Kakanda

...it's funny when government appointees interpret civics as hatred of the government, even funnier when their partisan allies agree with such pedestrian acknowledgement of the appointees' inability to play their designated roles beyond serving as attack dogs. Perhaps it's sub-clinical, but partisanism as exhibited by Nigerians appears to be no…
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Change Does Not Begin With An Empty Slogan, Mr. President, By Gimba Kakanda

Yes, you don't need a witchdoctor to understand that the change promised by the APC means overturning our social conditions. Our people are hungry, forex is unstable, businesses are collapsing, and instead of changing their conditions, the government is shamelessly telling them that change begins with them. Last Thursday, the…
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Happy Recession, Nigeria!, By Gimba Kakanda

Like our politicians, the trappings of political power have confused the conscience of our former civic allies. They have become even worse than the Establishment they once antagonised. Instead of delivering on their roles of advising their principals, they are becoming intolerably obnoxious, giving the managers of our economy illusions…
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Dear FCT Minister, this Centre No Longer Holds!, By Gimba Kakanda

Mallam Mohammed Bello, Abuja residents don’t have to wake up and find themselves floating in water before you intervene. While you’re deciding what to do with the budget, respond to these collapsing features of the city. At least, embark on fixing the drainage system, restore the missing manhole covers, have…
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