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For Femi Falana and Kunle Ajibade: Sixty Hurrahs to Courage and Conviction, By Ogaga Ifowodo

These two tribunes of truth and justice recently marked their sixtieth anniversary in a beautiful land made almost unliveable on any proper index of healthy They can’t hear me, but I am shouting sixty hurrays in the first instance, and sixty more (for I wish them a very long life),…
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Freeing the Chibok Girls (While Boko Haram Faces a Leadership Crisis), By Ogaga Ifowodo

I have previously argued against negotiations with Boko Yet, in order not to be seen as insensitive to the unspeakable ordeal of the girls (and their parents, not to mention all who grieve with them), President Buhari must explore all avenues for their safe return, including Any prisoner swap deal,…
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Constitutional Immunity as Sanctification of Moral Turpitude in Governance, By Ogaga Ifowodo

When a president or governor steals from the public, commits murder or acts of moral turpitude, he or she is on a frolic of his or her own and may not enjoy constitutional protection. As the legal maxim says, no one may profit from his or her own wrong. Either…
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Empire or Little England? Brexit Breaks the Myth of Globalisation, By Ogaga Ifowodo

The corrosive effects of Brexit are all too disturbingly clear. Farage is right: a new dawn is breaking on the world, but, it seems, of rabid nationalism, falling just short of fascism. Poor countries like ours must do all they can to stop their people from fleeing hunger, insecurity and…
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Muhammad Ali: The Pugilist as Poet and Acknowledged Legislator of the World, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Ali was a poet not only verbally but also in the sublime aesthetics of his skill that turned pugilism from a brute sport plied by men seemingly all brawn and no brain—“Fighters,” as Ali himself put it, “are just brutes that come to entertain the rich white people. Beat up…
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Libido Over Learning: A Sexual Harassment Bill to the Rescue, By Ogaga Ifowodo

- Senator Ovie Omo-Agege The Senate has a shameful record on gender equality but has yet another chance now to prove it is in the 21st Century. Voting on this bill ought to be unanimous, but don’t bet against those who might find it possible to plead a special mandate…
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The Time for Genuine Electoral Reform Is NOW!, By Ogaga Ifowodo

- Justice Mohammed Uwais (rtd.) Only urgent legislative action can save the country from the incalculable harm of judicial sanctification for electoral brigandage. If anyone knows the cost of rigged elections, it is President Buhari. He, like his predecessor Yar’Adua, must make electoral reform an urgent national issue that must…
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What Would it Take for a Politically Exposed Nigerian to Resign?, By Ogaga Ifowodo

Not resigning or taking any concrete action to protest his or her honour is the mark of the politically exposed Nigerian. Perhaps that is because, as with Soyinka’s Elesin Oba in that timeless drama Death and the King’s Horseman, they have no honour to protest, any integrity they once had…
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“The Horror! The Horror!” till the Rivers of Blood All Run Dry, By Ogaga Ifowodo

If the rivers of blood in Rivers State are ever to dry up enough for INEC to return to conduct free and fair elections there, if the state is henceforth to live up to its motto of Rivers of Possibilities, the perpetrators of murder and mayhem and sundry electoral crimes…
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